Ravens, Oher agree to deal

Updated: July 29, 2009, 11:21 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

The Baltimore Ravens and first-round pick Michael Oher agreed to a five-year contract late Wednesday, the team announced. Oher missed the first two days of training camp but is expected to join the team for Thursday's practice.

Oher, the No. 23 overall pick, is projected as the starting right tackle for the Ravens this season. He worked exclusively with the first team in the spring following the retirement of veteran tackle Willie Anderson.

An early training camp start for Baltimore, combined with a slow stream of first-round signings, led to Oher's two-day absence.

"We knew Michael wanted to be here," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. "He said that many times."

Oher was a four-year starter at the University of Mississippi and started 47 consecutive games. The Ravens now have all their rookies signed for the 2009 season.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.

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