Ravens Trade LB Burgess, Sign TE Curtis

Ravens receive a conditional seventh-round draft pick from the Patriots for Burgess.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens made several moves on Tuesday, signing free agent tight end Tony Curtis and trading linebacker Prescott Burgess to the New England Patriots for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

Curtis, 6-foot-5, 251 pounds, was an undrafted rookie out of Portland State when he joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2005. 

In three campaigns with the Cowboys, Curtis became a valuable special teams player and posted 11 catches for 50 yards and three touchdowns.  All three of his touchdowns came during in 2007.

Curtis had been battling injuries, but also worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles this summer.

A sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan in 2007, Burgess only played in eight games as a rookie, and was sidelined with a hip injury that ended his season early.  Then last year, Burgess landed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury.

This year, Burgess has been a key contributor on special teams, leading the team with five special teams tackles, according to coaches film.

On the Ravens’ most-recent depth chart, Burgess had been backing up strong-side linebackers Jarret Johnson and Antwan Barnes.  That leaves Barnes, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe as Baltimore’s backup linebackers.

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