Josh Wilson, Donte’ Stallworth and Chris Chester have all signed with the Redskins. Willis McGahee went to the Broncos. Dawan Landry is now a member of the Jaguars. Kelly Gregg inked a deal with the Chiefs.
Now, Fabian Washington has joined the Who Dat nation down in New Orleans.
Washington, who started 30 games at cornerback for the Ravens the last three seasons, has signed a one-year deal with the Saints, joining a lengthy list of Ravens leaving town.
The Ravens were not in on talks for Washington, who was benched last season. The veteran cornerback handled last year’s demotion with complete class, and he now gets a fresh start in New Orleans. Washington was always accommodating to reporters and generous with his time, and I wish him luck.
Ravens fans might get frustrated that a number of their own have bolted and signed elsewhere, but there is one benefit to the Ravens losing so many free agents - the chance to recoup compensatory picks next season.
With the exception of McGahee and Gregg, who were street free agents (meaning their free agent status came as a result of being cut), the Ravens could earn extra draft picks for each player listed above. If their other unrestricted free agents (fullback Le’Ron McClain, quarterback Marc Bulger, wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh or offensive tackles Jared Gaither and Tony Moll) sign elsewhere, the Ravens could potentially get compensatory picks for those guys as well.
Compensatory picks are given based on the player’s performance and contract with his new team. Whatever free agents the Ravens sign would be played against those that they lost, and then the comp picks are handed out.
A couple other roster moves to note: the Ravens have re-signed defensive tackle Lamar Divens and have added undrafted rookie offensive tackle Alex Solot.
Divens, who was cut yesterday, was likely re-signed at the veteran minimum, a move that was made to clear some cap space.
Solot (6-foot-8, 316-lbs.) played his college ball at UTEP. He will add much-needed depth to an offensive line currently short on numbers.