Ravens sign five tryout players


The Baltimore Ravens signed five tryout players Friday, including veteran cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks.

Ross and Franks are expected to compete against Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson for the No. 3 cornerback job. These signings aren't a surprise because Ross and Franks were the most impressive among the tryout defenders.

Ross, 31, has a connection with Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo. He was a starter for the Giants in 2007 and 2008, when Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator there, but was limited to four games last season because of a back injury.

Franks, 26, played in every game for the Falcons the past two years as a reserve. A fifth-round pick by Atlanta in 2010, he has three career interceptions and broke up nine passes.

The other players signed by the Ravens were wide receiver Mike Willie (formerly of the San Diego Chargers) and linebackers Austin Spitler (Miami Dolphins) and Nicholas DiMarco (New York Jets).

To make room, the Ravens cut three undrafted rookies: linebacker Xavius Boyd (waived injured with hamstring), safety Dexter Moody and cornerback Avery Patterson. The Ravens had waived wide receiver Aaron Mellette and linebacker Adrian Hamilton earlier in the week.