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Ravens taking a look at veteran CBs

The Baltimore Ravens are looking at veteran cornerbacks during their mandatory minicamp this week.

Cornerbacks Drayton Florence and Aaron Ross both confirmed they'll be trying out for the Ravens. Florence, 33, started five games for the Carolina Panthers last season, and Ross, 31, has played most of his seven-year career with the New York Giants.

The Ravens are looking to improve at the No. 3 cornerback spot and add some veteran depth. Right now, Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are battling for the third cornerback job.

Florence is considered one of the best available cornerbacks on the free-agent market. He recorded 26 tackles and two interceptions for a Panthers pass defense that ranked No. 6 in the NFL last season.

The interest makes sense because Ross has a connection with Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo. Ross was a starter for the Giants in 2007 and 2008, when Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator there.

The question with Ross is whether he's healthy. Ross, 31, appeared in only four games last season before a back injury sent him to injured reserve. He worked out for the Detroit Lions in April but went unsigned.

The Ravens' unproven depth at cornerback behind Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb is a reason why the team could be a dark horse candidate for free agent Brandon Flowers.

Note: The Baltimore Sun reported that Dominique Franks and Marquice Cole are among the free-agent cornerbacks trying out for the Ravens. Franks, 26, was with the Atlanta Falcons for the past four seasons. Cole, 30, has been with six teams and played last season with the Denver Broncos.