CB Corey Graham, a Pro Bowl special-teams standout with the Bears the past five seasons, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Ravens, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Graham told the paper that he will sign the deal Friday.
Graham, a fifth-round pick out of New Hampshire in 2007, has registered 75 special-teams tackles since ’07, which ranks third in the NFL during that span.
"I believe it's a better situation for me and a better opportunity with a fresh start," Graham told the Tribune. "I gave the Bears every opportunity but they moved on. All around, Baltimore is just a better deal for me and my family."
The 26-year-old Graham also visited with the Lions and Seahawks before choosing the Ravens. He is the first free agent from another team to sign with Baltimore since the free-agent market opened March 13.
Graham, a 6-0, 196-pounder, played three games at nickel cornerback last season and made three interceptions in three consecutive games.
The way we see it
The addition of Graham bolsters the Ravens' coverage units and secondary depth, both of which were weakened when safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski departed in free agency. Baltimore was 31st in kickoff coverage and 24th in punt coverage in 2011.