Steelman signs with Ravens

Trent Steelman’s lifelong dream was to hear his name called during the NFL draft .

While that dream wasn’t meant to be Saturday, the four-year Army starting quarterback landed on his feet in a big way.

Steelman, Army’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, is headed to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Dave Lee, Steelman’s agent, said his client signed a three-year free-agent contract with Baltimore.

“Their intention is to bring him to training camp and compete,” Lee said. “He’s not a tryout player. He’s signed with the Ravens right now. A three-year contract.”

Steelman couldn’t be reached for immediate comment. But, Steelman posted on Twitter, “I am apart of the worlds BEST organization #USARMY and now apart of the worlds best sports organization #BaltimoreRavens!!!!”

Baltimore will try Steelman out as a slot receiver and safety. He is also expected to play special teams.

“He’s going to fit in perfectly,” Lee said. “They are going to love his work ethic, his intelligence and his discipline. They are one of the few teams that would actually reward him for that. I just think it’s the perfect fit for him. It’s a great place to go.”

Baltimore’s mini-camp for draft picks and rookie free agents begins Thursday.

The Ravens interest in Steelman began after his performance in the East-West Shrine in January. Steelman scored the East’s lone touchdown from a wildcat formation, snapped on the extra point and played special teams. A Baltimore scout was scheduled to attend Steelman’s pro day on March 20 at West Point but had to cancel due to a family issue.

The Ravens were in contact with Steelman’s camp during the seventh round. Baltimore had two picks and selected Elonwide receiver Aaron Mellette and California cornerback Marc Anthony.

“He was a priority free agent so we had an idea at the end of the draft what was going on,” Lee said. “I already knew this was a perfect fit as long as they didn’t draft another player like him.”

“Just their ‘corporate culture”  the way they are and what they expect out of their players, he’s just going to thrive in that system in my opinion.”

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