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Ravens agree to terms with veteran CB Cassius Vaughn, sources say

The Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Cassius Vaughn on a one-year contract, according to NFL sources.

It's a veteran minimum deal.

The depth-building move provides experience for a secondary that was affected by injuries to starters Lardarius Webb (back) and Jimmy Smith (Lisfranc foot sprain) last season. The Ravens also recently signed former New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington to a three-year, $7 million contract.

Vaughn played last season for the Detroit Lions. The 27-year-old started five of 13 games, intercepted two passes and made 18 tackles.

For his career, Vaughn has 142 tackles, seven interceptions (he returned two for touchdowns) and a forced fumble.

He has also played for the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts in five NFL seasons after going undrafted out of Missisissippi.

In 2012, Vaughn started a career-high 11 games for the Colts and had 66 tackles, nine passes defended and one interception.

Vaughn was traded to the Colts from the Broncos...

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Ravens undrafted rookie Brennen Beyer making transition to NFL, outside linebacker

As former Michigan defensive end Brennen Beyer went through the process of auditioning for NFL teams, the Ravens undrafted rookie had a strong advocate.

Former Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, the defensive coordinator at Michigan for the past four seasons and now the Wolverines defensive line coach under new coach Jim Harbaugh, guided Beyer and gave a strong recommendation to the Ravens coaching staff.

"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."

Beyer chose to sign with the Ravens over the Oakland Raiders, who brought him in for an official visit prior to the draft.

The Ravens' track record of having at least one undrafted rookie make the roster under coach John Harbaugh was a major factor in Beyer's decision to sign.

"I definitely noticed that they've kept a lot of undrafted guys," said Beyer, who received a $6,000 signing bonus. "They give everyone a fair shot. If you're...

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Michael Campanaro tears quadriceps, expected to return for training camp

Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro's quadriceps tear isn't severe enough to sideline him for the season, according to NFL sources.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam determined that there was a slight tear, but Campanaro won't require surgery and should be able to return by training camp after rehablitating the injury. The River Hill graduate will not participate in the remainder of the Ravens' offseason practices.

A complete rupture of the quadriceps likely would have been a season-ending injury because it would have probably required surgery and taken nine months to a year to recover from.

Campanaro was injured Wednesday during the first day of the Ravens' organized team activity.

He battled hamstring injuries last season that limited him to four games, seven catches, 102 yards and a touchdown after being selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft out of Wake Forest.

When healthy, Campanaro is projected to play an increased role as a wide receiver and in the return game in his...

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Ravens running back Justin Forsett ranked 65th on NFL Network top-100 players list

Behind the strength of a breakthrough season, Ravens starting running back Justin Forsett has been named to the NFL Network top-100 players list.

Forsett is ranked 65th overall. It's the first time he has been named to the list, which is voted on by NFL players.

Forsett was signed to a three-year, $9 million contract this offseason that includes a $2.1 million signing bonus. He was rewarded after rushing for a career-high 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns as the replacement for former Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice.

Named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season, Forsett led the NFL with a franchise-record 17 runs of 20 yards or more. He also led the league with a 5.4-yard per carry average and caught 44 passes for 263 yards.

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Transition to offense taught Harry Swayne importance of attitude

Harry Swayne thought his NFL career was over.

The Ravens director of player development (and former offensive tackle) was drafted in the seventh round (190th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 as a defensive end. When a coach later suggested he transition to the offensive line, Swayne balked.

"I thought I was a pretty good defensive end," Swayne said Wednesday. "I couldn't see like he could see. ... All I could hear from my coach was, 'You have failed at defensive line.'"

It was then, Swayne told those in attendance at The Baltimore Sun's High School Athletes of the Year awards ceremony, that he was forced to change his attitude.

"He was able to tell me ... 'I dont want you to change positions because you failed at defensive end. You have not failed at defensive end,'" said Swayne, who was keynote speaker at the luncheon. "'But you have some particular traits that will prove much more useful and valuable on the other side of the ball.'"

The story has a happy ending. Swayne adjusted...

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Raiders sign former all-state Dunbar linebacker Horace Miller

The Oakland Raiders have signed former standout Dunbar outside linebacker Horace Miller.

Miller was previously with the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks last season after going undrafted out of Texas-El Paso.

Miller spent one week on the active roster with the Panthers after being promoted from the practice squad in December, but didn't play in a game. He was cut in April.

Miller was an all-state pass rusher at Dunbar, where he won a state championship with the Poets.

Miller, who participated in the Ravens' local prospects day and the NFL super regional combine at the Detroit Lions' Ford Field before the draft last year, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout.

He also had a 37.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-10 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times with a 6.99 three-cone drill.

The 6-foot, 237-pound linebacker was an All-Conference USA honorable mention as a junior, when he recorded six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, blocked a field goal against...

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