Originally just an invitee vying for a spot among many others, former New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross spent mini-camp with the Baltimore Ravens on a tryout basis. And with his former coach, Steve Spagnuolo, overseeing him and his former teammate, Sam Madison, also on the sidelines, Ross performed well enough to earn himself a contract.
The Ravens officially announced on Thursday that they had signed Ross, as well as cornerback Dominique Franks.
"Well I guess it's official. It feels great to have another chance to play the game I love and to be reunited with my very first NFL coach," Ross wrote via Instagram.
A former first-round pick of the Giants in the 2007 NFL Draft, the now 31-year-old Ross played pivotal roles for the Giants in both Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, starting at cornerback in each game.
In 83 career games, Ross has made 250 tackles, hauled in 11 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and defended 41 passes. He's also recorded 2.5 sacks.
In addition to the Giants, Ross also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 before once again returning to the Giants in 2013. However, only a few games into the regular season, Ross was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) as a result of a back injury — an injury he says he's fully recovered from.
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