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The Ravens agreed to a one-year deal with safety Ken Hamlin, according to ESPN and Hamlin's marketing firm.

A Ravens official wouldn't confirm the agreement with Hamlin, and his agent didn't return messages from The Baltimore Sun.

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Known as a hard hitter, Hamlin provides the Ravens with injury insurance for Ed Reed, who has been recovering in Colorado after having a hip procedure there recently. Reed is expected to miss the start of training camp at the very least.

The Ravens signed Hamlin even though Tom Zbikowski looked solid filling in for Reed last season. Hamlin, 29, was released by the Dallas Cowboys last month after two straight disappointing seasons. He missed four games last season with a high ankle sprain.

In 2007, Hamlin earned his first Pro Bowl invitation when he set career highs in tackles (102) and interceptions (five). The Cowboys rewarded him with a six-year, $39 million contract.

But Hamlin failed to live up to that deal and was released on April 2 after a season in which he finished with 74 tackles, no interceptions and four pass breakups. He was scheduled to make $5.5 million this season.

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