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Ravens: Special-teams ace Isaiah Ekejiuba visits

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens are in the market for a special-teams ace, and Isaiah Ekejiuba is a player they've targeted.

He visited the Ravens' training complex this week.

The St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys are also interested in Ekejiuba, who has 60 career tackles with most of them coming in kick coverage.

No deal has been struck yet with Baltimore, but interest is believed to be mutual.

Former Ravens Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo is an unrestricted free agent and Ekejiuba could operate as a potential replacement for him.

Ekejiuba is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker who was a Pro Bowl alternate three years ago when he was with the Oakland Raiders.

A former undrafted free agent from the University of Virginia, Ekejiuba is coming off shoulder surgery after his season last year with the Detroit Lions ended after three games.

Ekejiuba had 10 special-teams tackles two seasons ago and has 60 tackles for his career and two forced fumbles.

Ekejuiba signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie.

Ekejiuba was born in Nigeria and lived in Africa, China and London before attending high school at a boarding school in Connecticut.

He walked on at Virginia as a wide receiver, later switching to linebacker and was awarded a scholarship for how he excelled on special teams on the punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return units.

Meanwhile, San Francisco 49ers veteran free agent wide receiver-kick returner Ted Ginn became the third free agent to visit the Ravens that has signed with another team.

The first two were offensive guard Evan Mathis (Philadelphia Eagles, five years, $25 million) and defensive end Mark Anderson (Buffalo Bills, four years, $27.5 million).

Ginn rejoined the 49ers on a one-year contract after visiting the Ravens, Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions.

With 42 players under contract, the Ravens are $4.664 million under the NFL salary cap limit.

A former Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick from Ohio State, Ginn, 26, caught 19 passes last season, scoring on both punt and kickoff returns.

He ranked second in the league in punt return yardage with a 13.3 average.

Ginn has caught 159 career passes for 2,047 yards and six touchdowns.

Three years ago, he returned kickoffs for 101 and 100 yards for touchdowns against the New York Jets to tie an NFL record.

"We are glad that Ted has decided to return to the 49ers in 2012," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He is a versatile player and an excellent teammate that will continue to play an important role for us." on both offense and special teams."

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