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Ravens tight end Phillip Supernaw signs $510,000 exclusive-rights tender

Ravens tight end Phillip Supernaw signs $510,000 exclusive-rights tender
The Ravens' Phillip Supernaw warms up before game against the Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 14, 2014. (Kenneth K. Lam)

Ravens tight end Phillip Supernaw signed his $510,000 exclusive-rights free agent tender Friday.

Supernaw joined the Ravens last offseason following a previous stint with the Houston Texans.

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After being off and on the Ravens' practice squad and a two-game stint with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he caught one pass for three yards, Supernaw played six games on the Ravens' active roster. He caught two passes for 27 yards.

Supernaw is the second tight end on the Ravens' depth chart behind starter Crockett Gilllmore with Owen Daniels having signed with the Denver Broncos and Dennis Pitta's future uncertain after twice dislocating and fracturing his right hip. Supernaw could be in line for an expanded role, a potential opportunity that hinges on how he performs as well as what the team does during the NFL draft and with free agents between now and the start of the regular season.

Supernaw first signed with the Texans in 2012 after going undrafted out of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, where he was a four-year starter. He had been on and off their practice squad, playing in one regular-season NFL game with no catches.

At Ouachita Baptist, Supernaw caught 64 passes for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and was named first-team All-Gulf South Conference. He was later a two-time all-conference second-team selection.

The Ravens have signed four exclusive-rights free agents, including Supernaw, cornerback Rashaan Melvin ($585,000), safety Brynden Trawick ($585,000) and center-guard Ryan Jensen ($510,000).

The remaining unsigned exclusive-rights free agents are wide receiver Kamar Aiken ($585,000), defensive tackle Casey Walker ($510,000), running back Fitz Toussaint ($510,000), long snapper Patrick Scales ($435,000) and cornerback Tramain Jacobs ($510,000).

Aiken plans to sign his tender early next week prior to the start of the Ravens' voluntary offseason conditioning program, according to a source.

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