The Ravens knew they needed to make a trade to bring in a proven cornerback, and that's what they've done, acquiring cornerback Josh Wilson from the Seahawks tonight in return for a 2011 conditional draft pick.
The compensation that the Ravens are required to give Seattle will depend on how much Wilson plays. The more snaps he sees, the higher the pick will be.
Wilson, who checks in at 5-9, 192 pounds, is a local boy, having gone to the University of Maryland. The 2007 second-round pick has appeared in 40 career games (24 starts) in his four NFL seasons. He's posted 124 total tackles, six interceptions (three of which he returned for touchdowns) and 23 passes defensed.
The former Terp also has return experience; he's returned 94 kickoffs for 2,350 yards (25.0 average) and a touchdown.
"Josh is someone who has started a lot of games for a young player, plus he has been a good special teams player both as a kick returner and in coverages," Newsome said. "He adds depth to our secondary and will help us. Pending his physical, we expect Josh to be taking snaps against the Jets on opening night."
Wilson started 12 games for the Seahawks last season. He will provide depth at an area where the Ravens have injury concerns due to Domonique Foxworth's season-ending knee injury. Lardarius Webb's status for the season opener is unclear as he recovers from knee surgery.
Wilson can start at corner if needed, or can fill in at nickel and in sub packages. He gives the Ravens a quality, established player in the secondary.
"He's an extremely fiery and aggressive player, and I think he's very talented," said Foxworth, who played with Wilson at Maryland for three years. "I know his personality fits into what we're building here. Josh is a no-nonsense type of guy that fits in with this defense and what it means to be a Raven. Off the field, he is a high-integrity guy. He's a family man, who is very smart and community-minded."