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Ravens reach deal with DE Pryce

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (March 12, 2006) -- The Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement in principle with four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce, team officials and Pryce's agent said.

Pryce, a starter for the Denver Broncos for the past nine seasons, agreed to a five-year contract.

Pryce's arrival happened hours after Baltimore lost defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu, defensive end Tony Weaver and running back Chester Taylor on the opening day of free agency.

The deal will be finalized early this week, officials said.

Pryce has 64 career sacks in nine seasons.

The former first-round draft pick from Clemson has been hampered for the past few years by a nagging back injury. Pryce repeatedly has insisted that his back is fine, but his production has been declining since posting a combined total of 25 sacks in 1999 and 2000.

After being limited to two games in 2004 because of the back injury, Pryce had 31 tackles and four sacks last season and was credited with one tackle in two playoff games.

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