Ravens sign top pick Courtney Upshaw


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The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms on a four-year contract with their top pick in the 2012 draft, University of Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw, according to John Eisenberg of CSNBaltimore.com.

Upshaw’s deal is worth $5.29 million, which includes a $2.92 million signing bonus under the NFL slotting system, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

The 6-foot-2, 272-pound Upshaw was selected with the 35th overall pick, which the Ravens obtained in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings. Upshaw, 22, is projected to take over as the team’s starting weakside linebacker following Terrell Suggs’ torn Achilles Tendon, which he suffered during the NFL draft.

After losing Jarret Johnson to the San Diego Chargers as an unrestricted free agent, the Ravens will need to find a replacement for him as well. At this point, fourth-year veteran Paul Kruger appears to be the frontrunner to take over at Johnson’s old position.