The Ravens and top NFL draft pick Marquise “Hollywood” Brown have agreed in principle to a contract, the team announced Wednesday.
Terms have not been disclosed, but Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst, the No. 25 overall pick a year ago like Brown, signed a deal with a $480,000 base salary and $1.527 million signing bonus for 2018.
The contracts for first-round picks have a fifth-year option that teams can exercise between the player’s third and fourth years. All other rookie deals for draft picks are for four years.
Brown, one of the nation’s top wide receivers at Oklahoma last season, has yet to practice during the Ravens’ organized team activities. He’s recovering from surgery on a Lisfranc (foot) injury and is expected to be ready for training camp.
Third-round pick Miles Boykin is the team’s only unsigned draft pick. The former Notre Dame wide receiver also has sat out OTAs as he deals with a hamstring injury.
“He’s the kind of player we like,” coach John Harbaugh said after the Ravens traded down and selected Brown. “He’s a Raven. He loves football. He’s had a lot of adversity in his life. He’s fought to get to the point where he’s at. He’s always been a guy who’s had to overcome. He has a certain toughness about him. He’s a playmaker.
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“It fits the type of offense we want to build. He’s a perfect fit for what we’re trying to do offensively, so we’re excited.”
Brown, a native of Hollywood, Fla., is the cousin of former Pittsburgh Steelers and current Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown. The 5-foot-9, 166-pound Marquise Brown broke out in his junior season with the Sooners, earning first-team All-America honors after catching 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had six games with at least 100 receiving yards and ranked No. 32 nationally in yards per catch (17.6).
New lighting at M&T Bank Stadium
New LED Sports Lights were installed at the top of M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday morning. The lights will provide more energy efficiency and the capability to instantly switch on and off.
In all, Musco Sports Lighting was scheduled to install 416 new light fixtures atop the stadium.
“The new LED Sports Lights will provide improved efficiency, a brighter light with less glare, instant on/off capability and the ability to create dynamic light shows at M&T Bank Stadium,” Ravens senior vice president of stadium operations Roy Sommerhof said in a statement.
A helicopter was used to install 76 racks containing the new LED light fixtures, which weigh approximately 1,200 pounds apiece. These 416 new fixtures will replace the pre-existing 648, 1,500-watt fixtures and will consume half the power.
The lighting is the latest in a series of stadium upgrades made to M&T Bank Stadium over the past four years. The Ravens said the new lighting cost nearly $1.8 million and is being funded by the Maryland Stadium Authority.