The Scene in Westminster

All is quiet as the Ravens take an administrative day to get acclimated to camp.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Categories: 2009 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

Thursday has been quiet for the Ravens. At least to the public eye.

It’s been labeled an “administrative day,” one that will simply get the veterans that have just joined the team acclimated to training camp. Meetings, maybe a walk-through. Not that big of a deal.

Unless you count the arrival of first-round draft pick Michael Oher.

The 23rd-overall selection agreed to a five-year contract late Wednesday night. In fact, the call came right around 9:15 p.m., in the middle of this humble reporter’s nightly run at McDaniel College’s Bair Stadium.

There is a press conference scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today, and Oher is supposed to be at the Best Western in Westminster, Md., very soon.

We’ll have an exclusive interview with Oher once that happens.

As far as the other Ravens go, it’s business as usual. The players just got out of meetings and are grabbing lunch. I talked with a few of them regarding Oher’s 5-year contract. While terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, it’s guaranteed to be a pretty hefty sum.

“I’m always happy when a guy gets paid,” joked Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth.

An investment in Oher is just as much of an investment in the protection of quarterback Joe Flacco. Hopefully, the money Oher makes will be worth it.

Judging from his stellar career at Ole Miss and strong showing at Baltimore’s offseason minicamps, it will.

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