The Ravens have themselves a new pass catcher, as today the team signed veteran wide receiver Drew Bennett to a contract after working out four NFL experienced pass catchers. Bennett beat out D.J. Hackett, Chris Hannon and Justin Brown for the job.
The 8-year-vet after showing his stuff enough to get signed, passed a physical and signed a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“It’s good to be able at this time of year to pick up a player who has been very productive in the league,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told the team’s Web site. “He has been very competitive against us. We obviously liked his workout today. … We wanted to make sure he was healthy and that he still had the things we’ve seen against us and on film.”
Bennett’s best season was 2004 with the Tennessee Titans, when he had 1,247 yards with 11 touchdowns. He then had seasons of 58 and 46 catches before inking a six-year, $30 million contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2007.
Things went downhill from there, as he made just 33 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns in his first Rams season, and he played in just one game for St. Louis in 2008 because of a broken foot. The Rams released Bennett in February.
Bennett, who also visited the Titans this offseason, told the Ravens’ Web site that he believes his foot injury has healed.
“It took a lot longer than I thought it would,” Bennett said. “I thought it would only be six to eight weeks, but it was bothering me all the way up until February.”