Ravens Trade For Josh Wilson

The Ravens fortified their CB situation by sending the Seahawks a conditional draft pick.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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The Ravens fortified their cornerback situation on Tuesday by trading a conditional 2011 draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks for University of Maryland product Josh Wilson.

Baltimore needed depth at corner, considering Domonique Foxworth is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and Lardarius Webb is just over eight months removed from the same injury.

Now, Wilson brings the Ravens a strong resume of starting experience in the secondary and explosive kickoff return ability.

“Josh is someone who has started a lot of games for a young player, plus he has been a good special teams player both as a kick returner and in coverages,” said Ravens Executive Vice President and General Manager Ozzie Newsome.  ”He adds depth to our secondary and will help us. Pending his physical, we expect Josh to be taking snaps against the Jets on opening night.”

The 5-foot-9, 192-pound Wilson owns 23 career starts out of 40 games played.  A playmaking defensive back, Wilson posted six interceptions over the past two years, returning three of them for touchdowns, which is second in Seahawks history.

Wilson, a former second-round draft pick (2007), also made a name for himself as one of the most dangerous kickoff returners in the league.

In 2008, Wilson led the NFL with eight kickoff returns for 40 or more yards, averaging 25.4 yards per attempt.

Wilson’s speed is a big part of his game.  Coming out of college, he ran a sub-4.4 time in the 40-yard dash.

Wilson is returning to his home state.  The Upper Marlboro, Md., native attended Maryland along with Foxworth.  The two played in the same defensive backfield for three years before Foxworth was drafted in the third round by the Denver Broncos in 2005.

“He’s an extremely fiery and aggressive player, and I think he’s very talented,” said Foxworth. “I know his personality fits into what we’re building here.  Josh is a no-nonsense type of guy that fits in with this defense and what it means to be a Raven. Off the field, he is a high-integrity guy.  He’s a family man, who is very smart and community-minded.

“I’m looking forward to playing with him again, even if I can’t be out there on the field at the moment.”

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