Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ed Dickson gets fresh start with Panthers
By Jamison Hensley
Tight end Ed Dickson signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, a week after the Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement with Owen Daniels.
It worked out the best for both sides. The Ravens lost confidence in Dickson the past two seasons, and Dickson deserved a fresh start. Even though he didn't live up to expectations in Baltimore, Dickson is young enough (he's only 26) to turn around his career.
Dickson becomes the Ravens' fifth free agent (and likely last) to sign with another team. The only surprise this offseason for the Ravens was losing cornerback Corey Graham.
The Ravens selected Dickson in the third round in 2010. He was the 70th player drafted, 25 spots before Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham. Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Eric Decker also were drafted after Dickson in that third round.
Dickson set career highs with 54 receptions and five touchdowns in 2011. In his last two seasons, he totaled 46 catches and one touchdown.
Only defensive tackle Terrence Cody (second round) and tight end Dennis Pitta (fourth round) remain from the Ravens' 2010 draft class.
Here are the Ravens' four other free agents who signed elsewhere this offseason: