The Ravens opened up their free agent signing period today with one brilliantly bright spot aside from the gloom of likely losing Ray-Ray and Bart Scott to the Cowboys and Jets, respectively. They were able to sign free agent cornerback, hometown boy, ex-Maryland Terrapin, and incredible all-around-person Domonique Foxworth to a 4-year $27.2 million contract, with over $16 million guaranteed.
Foxworth grew up in Baltimore County, went to high school in Catonsville, and has talked openly about rooting for the Ravens since they arrived in Baltimore when he was 13. In today's Baltimore Sun, he sums up his feelings for Baltimore in a way that will make all Ravens' fans hearts beat a little faster... "When the Ravens got here [in 1996], automatically we gravitated to them, just like most of the city has because they are a hard-nosed, blue-collar team just like this city is... To finally be able to come back and be apart of it is great."
Beyond being a great cover corner for his size, Foxworth is just a stand-up guy. Those of us who became familiar with him during his playing days at Maryland knew this long before he was taken in the third round of the 2005 draft by the Broncos. He's respected by his peers, having been elected to the Executive Committee of the NFL Players Association. He's been one of the most active NFL players with the United Way. He funded the building of a boys and girls club in Denver, at which he later taught a writing course. He's been named the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award by the Denver Broncos, honoring his community service.
So let me put it bluntly... today the Ravens spent $27.2 million on Domonique Foxworth who is barely known and is an underrated great person and player. The Redskins spent $55 million on DeAngelo Hall, who is largely known for being an overrated scumbag.
Yes, today is yet another reason why this Redskins fan is slightly jealous of the Baltimore Ravens.