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In need of reinforcements, Ravens eye strong cornerback draft class
In need of reinforcements, Ravens eye strong cornerback draft class

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome stood next to Jimmy Smith at the team's training complex a week ago and broke into a wide smile moments after the cornerback signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension. The deal secured the team's 2011 first-round NFL draft pick and provided the Ravens' secondary with some stability. But it did not end the team's need for, and intense interest in, acquiring reinforcements in the defensive backfield. The Ravens' defense was crippled by injuries at cornerback last season, when Smith suffered a Lisfranc sprain; Lardarius Webb struggled with a lingering back injury; and Danny Gorrer, Asa Jackson and Aaron Ross had...

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