The Ravens haven't traditionally been big spenders when it comes to signing undrafted rookie free agents.
Their recruiting efforts have been and remain primarily based on selling players on their strong track record of giving undrafted rookies a legitimate opportunity to make the team and become key contributors if they perform well enough.
That includes the following past Ravens undrafted rookie free agents: running back Priest Holmes ($2,000 signing bonus in 1997), center Mike Flynn (no signing bonus in 1997), linebacker Bart Scott ($500 in 2002), linebacker Jameel McClain ($3,000 in 2008), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe ($2,000 in 2009) and kicker Justin Tucker (no signing bonus).
Besides conducting an extensive letter writing campaign, text messages and telephone calls from several members of the organization, including coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens have increased the amount of money they invest in signing bonuses for undrafted rookies.
That was the case this year for former Colorado defensive lineman Will Pericak. He received a signing bonus of $13,500, the highest signing bonus for the Ravens' undrafted rookies and one of the highest bonuses among all undrafted free agents.
The 6-foot-3, 296-pound defensive lineman had 207 career tackles for Colorado, 19 for losses, 7 1/2 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. And he did all that despite being diagnosed in high school with Type 1 Diabetes.