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Baltimore Ravens Inside Slant 2009-04-10

Baltimore Ravens Inside Slant 2009-04-10
Twenty days after the Ravens granted his release, cornerback Samari Rolle surprisingly re-signed with the team.

After clearing up some issues in talks with coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, Rolle agreed to a four-year deal that should allow him to retire as a Raven. The total value of the contract is reportedly $10 million, including $3 million in 2009.

"Before I came in to have that meeting, no one could have told me that I would ever play for this organization again," Rolle said.

It's unknown what the Ravens envision as Rolle's role with the team.

The Ravens will start Fabian Washington and Domonique Foxworth, a free agent who was signed to a four-year, $27.2 million contract. Baltimore also added Chris Carr (two years, $5 million) to compete with Frank Walker as the nickel back.

Rolle likely will be in the mix at nickel back and serve as insurance if Washington or Foxworth get injured.

Asked Monday whether he is still a starter, Rolle said: "That subject was never approached. I'm assuming that it's like it has been ever since I came to Baltimore. We have to play everything out, and we'll go from there. There are no guarantees in this league. But the Ravens explained everything to me ... and everything is fine."

After being released, Rolle made one visit, going to the New York Jets where former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is the head coach. But Rolle eventually came back to the Ravens.

"Samari is a proven, quality veteran corner," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh in a statement. "Even more than that, he is a quality person. We upgraded our football team."

Rolle, who signed with the Ravens in 2005 after seven seasons with Tennessee, made eight interceptions for the Ravens but he made more of an impact by constantly overcoming obstacles.

Over the past 16 months, he was diagnosed with epilepsy after three major seizures (November 2007), mourned the death of his father (July 2008) and required surgery on his injured neck (October 2008).

As a result, he missed over half of the Ravens' games the past two seasons (18 appearances in 37 games, including playoffs).

Rolle, who said he has the epilepsy under control with medication, injured his neck in the second game of the 2008 season but only missed six games after having surgery to repair a bulging disc. He also fought through injuries to his foot, ankle, shoulder and hamstring last season. A partial tear of his hip flexor sidelined him for the AFC championship game at Pittsburgh.

The Ravens were 10-2 in games that Rolle played last season.

Rolle first asked for his release on March 1, two after the Ravens signed Foxworth. Rolle was previously scheduled to make $4.1 million in 2009 and $4.5 million in 2010, the last year of a six-year deal.

A week before Rolle re-signing, Newsome acknowledged the possibility of Rolle returning.

"What we experienced with Samari two weeks ago maybe, when he came in and sat down and talked with us and expressed some things to us and we were able to express some things back to him, it broke a lot of barriers," Newsome said. "And I know what his feelings about the Baltimore Ravens are right now today based on that meeting."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 10, 2009

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