Terrence Cody given chance to earn a long-term contract

Terrence Cody will be back in 2014 to prove he belongs with the organization for the long-term. - Rob Carr

Signed to a one-year deal on Friday, Cody has been given a shot to prove he belongs with Baltimore for the long haul.

It's safe to say, in hindsight, that Terrence Cody wasn't a second-round prospect when the Ravens took him in the 2010 draft.

Proof of that, in case the on-field play wasn't enough, is the fact that he wasn't able to find a long-term contract with another team. Therefore, he signed a one-year deal with the Ravens, which essentially makes 2014 a tryout year for the big nose tackle from Alabama.

Assuming Haloti Ngata stays inside at nose tackle, Cody will be a rotation player with the organization. Chris Canty will start at the five-technique and there will probably be an open competition at the three-technique, with DeAngelo Tyson and Brandon Williams battling for it.

Plenty of Ravens players have performed well in one season and then gotten a deal as a result. James Ihedigbo is a perfect example of that. Even though Cody hasn't performed up to his second-round billing, he'll at least have one more shot to prove he can contribute at this level with the Ravens.

"That's basically what the Ravens do. They put you in a position to have success, and then after being able to have that success, you either get a big deal here or somewhere else," Cody told reporters on Friday. "Arthur [Jones] is one of those guys that had success, and it got him a big deal down in Indy."


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