Ravens, still evaluating cornerback options, bring in Tony Carter

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Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter at the team's training camp in August.

After being forced to sign street free agents and raid other teams' practice squads last year to patch up an injury-plagued secondary, the Ravens vowed to not put be in that position again.

Perhaps that's the best explanation for why even after acquiring Will Davis from the Miami Dolphins on Monday for a 2016 seventh-round NFL draft pick, the Ravens hosted a free agent cornerback looking for work.


Tony Carter, who has played six seasons in the NFL, all but one of them for the Denver Broncos, worked out for the Ravens on Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center. He wasn't immediately signed.

Carter, 29, played eight games for the Broncos last season. He's played in 42 career games, starting three of them and notching three career interceptions.


The timing of the workout was interesting, considering the Ravens had just acquired Davis the previous day. General manager Ozzie Newsome has always said that a team can never have enough corners.

The Ravens currently have six of them on their 53-man roster: Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Rashaan Melvin, Tray Walker and Davis. They also have two more on their practice squad: Asa Jackson and Charles James.

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Melvin has missed the first two games of the season because of a persistent hamstring issue. Unless he had a setback in practice late last week, he should return soon. Walker is considered a developmental corner and he's played only on special teams.

In getting a look at Carter, the Ravens may have been just doing their due diligence in case they have injuries at the cornerback position. All teams assemble lists of available players to call in case of injuries.

They might also be more concerned about Melvin than they've let on. And it's also possible that they believe this is essentially a "redshirt" year for Walker.

Or maybe some team officials want to put the team's current cornerbacks on notice after the horrid performance by the secondary in the 37-33 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

It could be a little bit of everything. But what is clear is that team officials are still looking to upgrade at a position that has been a difficult one for them to fill.