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Friday, March 23, 2012
Corey Graham gets fresh start with Ravens

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

It seems clear that above all else, Corey Graham wanted a fresh start. His decision Friday to sign with the Baltimore Ravens gives him a new team, for sure, but not necessarily one that has an obvious opening at cornerback or safety.

Graham was one of the NFL's top special-teams player over the past five years with the Chicago Bears, but his frustration with his limited playing time on defense was well-known. With the Ravens, however, he figures at best to be the No. 4 cornerback behind starter Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, along with nickelback Cary Williams.

Graham also visited the Detroit Lions, whose secondary would seem to offer a player like Graham more opportunity to play.

The Ravens allowed three touchdowns on special teams last season and have targeted elite special-teams players over the past two weeks. If nothing else, Graham will help the Ravens in that capacity.