Veteran cornerback Aaron Ross, who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants but has had trouble staying healthy, said on Twitter that he’s heading to Baltimore to participate in the Ravens' mandatory minicamp this week.
According to a source, the Ravens haven’t officially signed the free agent cornerback.
Ross is taking part in the minicamp on a tryout basis, per a source.
Veteran cornerback Drayton Florence told The Sun’s Aaron Wilson that he will also have a tryout for the team this week as the Ravens continue to look to upgrade their cornerback depth.
The Ravens are also trying out veteran cornerback Marquice Cole, according to a source.
Cole is an experienced reserve cornerback and gunner on special teams. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder was released last season by the Patriots before being signed by the Broncos during the postseason. Cole, 30, had 15 tackles last season and one interception.
For his career, Cole has 72 tackles and four interceptions.
Franks, 26, is a 2010 Falcons fifth-round draft pick from Oklahoma. The 6-foot, 197-pounder has 30 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass deflections in three NFL seasons with four career starts.
Franks played in every game last season as a reserve cornerback for Atlanta. The Falcons cut him during the final major roster cutdown before re-signing him after he worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith are entrenched as the team’s top two corners, but the loss of Corey Graham in free agency leaves unproven options – Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson – fighting for the No. 3 cornerback spot.
Adding Ross, 31, would certainly makes some sense. A former first-round pick out of the University of Texas, Ross broke into the NFL for the Giants under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, now the Ravens’ secondary coach. He also has extensive postseason experience as a member of the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl-champion Giants.
Ross, who is 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds, has 11 interceptions and 41 passes defended over parts of seven NFL seasons, all but one of them spent with the Giants’ organization. Ross signed a three-year, $15 million free-deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2012 season but he was cut after playing just one season in Jacksonville.
He re-signed with the Giants last year but was placed on season-ending injured reserve after Week Four because of a back injury.
Injuries have plagued Ross, who won the Jim Thorpe award in 2006 as the nation’s top college cornerback, throughout his NFL career. He’s played in all 16 games just once in seven NFL seasons. In two of his six seasons with the Giants, Ross played in just four of 16 games.
This week's minicamp will give the Ravens the opportunity to evaluate Ross and see if he's healthy.