All Ravens' draft picks under contract heading into camp

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens reached tentative agreements with first-round offensive guard Ben Grubbs and fourth-round fullback Le'Ron McClain, ensuring that all eight draft picks will be under contract when players report to training camp Sunday in Westminster.

"It's good to have each of our draft choices finished prior to the start of Brian (Billick)'s team meeting on Sunday," general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Grubbs agreed to a five-year contract with a maximum value of $11 million if he triggers every incentive clause. His deal included $5.2 million in guaranteed money, the team reported Friday.

Grubbs, the 29th overall pick from Auburn, is slated to compete with Chris Chester for the starting right guard job.

He also could become the first Ravens first-round draft pick to report on time since tight end Todd Heap, who agreed to terms in 2001 prior to the start of training camp.

Subsequent holdouts for the Ravens included safety Ed Reed in 2002, quarterback Kyle Boller and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs in 2003, wide receiver Mark Clayton in 2005 and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in 2006.

"I definitely want to be at camp on time," Grubbs said when minicamp concluded in June. "That's very important to me, to be there with my teammates and get off to a good start."

McClain agreed to a three-year contract with minimum base salaries of $285,000 in 2007, $370,000 in 2008 and $460,000 in 2009. The former Alabama standout is competing with veteran Justin Green for the starting fullback job.

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