OWINGS MILLS, Md., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver-kick returner Dedric Ward to a one-year contract.
Ward was waived by New England in training camp after spending the first six years of his career with the New York Jets and Miami.
The Ravens were seeking to add a returner after Lamont Brightful suffered a concussion in the Sept. 28 game against Kansas City. Safety Ed Reed replaced Brightful and fumbled a punt in the fourth quarter.
"Dedric gives us some additional options," said Baltimore Coach Brian Billick. "When we have Ed back there, it is always a concern. Not because Ed can't handle the package, but he is already taking 65-70 snaps a game."
Ward, 28, returned 16 punts for Miami last season, averaging 10.6 yards. The third-round pick of the Jets in 1997 has averaged 8.4 yards per return in his career. He enjoyed his best season in 2000, catching 54 passes for 804 yards and three touchdowns.
To make room on their roster, the Ravens released cornerback Alvin Porter.