Ravens Reach One-Year Deal With Ken Hamlin

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Baltimore Ravens have reached agreement with free agent safety Ken Hamlin on a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hamlin was one of three veteran defensive backs to work out for the Ravens recently.

Hamlin entered the NFL in 2003, when the Seattle Seahawks used a second-round pick (42nd overall) on the former Arkansas Razorback. An immediate starter, Hamlin built a reputation as one of the heaviest hitters in the NFL. In four seasons with the Seahawks, Hamlin started 52 of 54 games, totaled 298 tackles, 4 quarterback sacks, 8 interceptions, along with 22 passes defensed and four forced fumbles.

Hamlin missed most of the 2005 season when he was hospitalized after a fight outside a Seattle nightclub, but returned to start 16 games for the Seahawks in 2006, totaling 96 tackles, including 2 quarterback sacks, and 3 interceptions.

Allowed to test the free agent market, Hamlin signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, where Hamlin totaled 62 tackles and a career-high 5 interceptions, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Signed to a six-year, $37.5 million dollar contract extension by the Cowboy after that Pro Bowl season, Hamlin started 44 games over the three seasons for the Cowboys, but his play has tailed off, particularly over the last two seasons. For the amount of money he was making, Hamlin provided few big plays (4 passes defensed, 1 interception the last two seasons) as the Cowboy's pass defense dropped to 20th in the NFL in 2009.

The Cowboys released Hamlin in early April, despite owing him over $1 million dollars in guaranteed base salary this season.

The 6-2, 209-pound Hamlin provides veteran depth behind starters Ed Reed and Dawan Landry.

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