Ravens sign veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers to one-year deal

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) cannot catch a pass in front of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) during the first half in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.

The Ravens signed the veteran cornerback they've been seeking, agreeing to a one-year deal with Jerraud Powers, the team announced Friday.

Powers, 28, has played seven NFL seasons and started a total of 82 games. A 2009 third-round draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts, the former Auburn player spent his first four seasons with the Colts, starting all 42 games he played. He had been with the Arizona Cardinals the past three seasons before hitting free agency.


Powers started 40 games with the Cardinals over the past three seasons and was used often in the nickel back role during the 2015 campaign.

In his career, Powers has 380 tackles, two sacks and 11 interceptions.


The Ravens have been looking to add another veteran cornerback to compete with Shareece Wright, who was re-signed earlier this offseason.

The recent foot procedure undergone by top corner Jimmy Smith, along with the season-ending Achilles injuries that Jumal Rolle suffered recently in a workout reinforced the importance of adding depth at the position. Smith is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

The Ravens drafted two corners: Temple's Tavon Young (fourth round), and Virginia's Maurice Canady (sixth round). They also still have Kyle Arrington, Will Davis, Julian Wilson and Sheldon Price.

Powers and Arrington are the most experienced members of that group.

In signing Powers after May 12, he will not factor into the compensatory pick formula, meaning the Ravens will likely get one comp pick for losing offensive guard Kelechi Osemele to the Oakland Raiders.