Their recruiting efforts have been and remain primarily based on selling players on their strong track record of giving undrafted rookies a legitimate opportunity to make the team and become key contributors if they perform well enough.
That includes the following past Ravens undrafted rookie free agents: running back Priest Holmes ($2,000 signing bonus in 1997), center Mike Flynn (no signing bonus in 1997), linebacker
Besides conducting an extensive letter writing campaign, text messages and telephone calls from several members of the organization, including coach
That was the case this year for former Colorado defensive lineman Will Pericak. He received a signing bonus of $13,500, the highest signing bonus for the Ravens' undrafted rookies and one of the highest bonuses among all undrafted free agents.
The 6-foot-3, 296-pound defensive lineman had 207 career tackles for Colorado, 19 for losses, 7 1/2 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. And he did all that despite being diagnosed in high school with Type 1
The Ravens gave $10,000 signing bonuses to both Memphis offensive tackle Jordan Devey and Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg.
Devey is a 6-foot-6, 317-pound second-team All-Conference USA blocker who played in the East-West Shrine all-star game.
Furstenburg is a 6-foot-3, 244-pound tight end who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds at the
The Ravens gave
The next biggest bonuses the Ravens gave out were $5,500 for Florida wide receiver Omarius Hines (64 career receptions, 801 yards, four touchdowns, 323 rushing yards and four touchdowns) and $5,000 for Midwestern State offensive tackle Joe Unga.
An All-Lone Star Conference selection, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Unga has two cousins who have played running back in the NFL: Reno Mahe (
Is a signing bonus a predictor of how well a player will perform in the NFL? Definitely not, but it is an indicator of how highly the Ravens regarded some of their undrafted players and the competition for their services.