Ravens, Washington agree to deal

Updated: May 14, 2009, 10:08 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Baltimore Ravens have reached agreement with unrestricted free-agent wide receiver Kelley Washington, who auditioned for the team at last weekend's minicamp.

Terms of the agreement, confirmed by sources close to the team and to Washington, were not yet available. Washington will officially sign the contract by next Monday, after he passes a physical exam, and the Ravens commence their passing camp.

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Washington, 29, chose the Ravens over the Washington Redskins, a club with which he also had a three-day tryout during its minicamp. Although mostly a special teams player the past few years, Washington caught the ball well at the Baltimore tryout and outperformed fellow free-agent wide receivers Jerry Porter and Tab Perry. A fourth free agent invited to the camp, D.J. Hackett, did not attend the tryout.

A six-year veteran, Washington played for the New England Patriots the past two seasons after spending four years with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In New England, the former University of Tennessee standout emerged as a special teams star. Washington caught only one pass in two years with the Patriots but had 15 or more special teams tackles each of those seasons.

A big, rangy wide receiver, Washington had 53 receptions in his first two seasons in the league. He has only 20 receptions, however, the past four years.

Washington entered the league as a third-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2003. He has appeared in 68 games but started only six. For his career, Washington has 73 catches, 896 yards and nine touchdowns.

Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.