Ravens sign top pick Upshaw and rest of 2012 class
The Baltimore Ravens have signed their entire rookie draft
class, including top pick Courtney Upshaw.
The majority of the contracts were finalized Thursday, one day
before the start of a three-day rookie minicamp
Upshaw, a standout outside linebacker from Alabama, was the 35th
overall selection in the draft. He received a four-year contract
worth nearly $5.3 million, including a $2.292 million bonus.
He is projected as an immediate starter because Pro Bowl
linebacker Terrell Suggs will be sidelined for a major portion of
the season with a torn Achilles tendon that required surgery.
Upshaw recorded 9 1/2 sacks last season for the Crimson Tide
with 51 tackles, 17 for losses, and one interception, earning
All-American honors. For his career, Upshaw had 140 tackles and 16
The Ravens also finalized deals with third-round running back
Bernard Pierce (Temple) and sixth-round wide receiver Tommy
Streeter (University of Miami). The team previously agreed to terms
with seventh-round defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson.
Second-round offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele (Iowa State),
fourth-round center Gino Gradkowski (Delaware), fourth-round free
safety Christian Thompson (South Carolina St.) and fifth-round
cornerback Asa Jackson (Cal Poly) each received a four-year