Ravens add veteran Dallas Clark to depleted tight end group

8/12/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Baltimore Ravens remained focus towards adding veteran depth at two offensive positions recently hit hard by injuries during training camp/preseason. Following up the signing of free agent receiver Brandon Stokely on Saturday, the Ravens agreed to terms on a contract with free agent tight end Dallas Clark to address another thinning are on the team’s roster.
The most recent development at the tight end position comes two weeks after the Ravens signed 33-year-old Visanthe Shiancoe to the roster.
The Ravens have been seeking help at the tight end position ever since they lost starter Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hop injury in training camp. While the Ravens were initially counting on his replacement Ed Dickson to carry a significant amount of the workload at tight end in Pitta’s absence, but now he too is now sidelined with a partially torn hamstring. Dickson isn’t quite sure when he will be able to return this year.
 “You can't rush back from those things,” Dickson said after Sunday’s practice. “I'm just trying my hardest to get back out there It kills me. I'm hard on myself. I wanted to get back there today, but I don't want to go out and hurt the team and be out for weeks during the regular season.”
The 34-year old Clark has been one of the more productive tight ends in the league during the past decade. Even though Clark’s number dipped in the recent years, he still hauled in 47 catches for 435 yards (on a 9.3-yard average) and four touchdowns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
A first-round pick out of Iowa in the 2003 NFL draft, Clark spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, enjoying his best years catching passes from quarterback Peyton Manning. In 2009 Clark had a Pro Bowl year when he racked up 100 catches for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns. Clark signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer as a free agent last May and played all 16 games for the team.
The Buccaneers opted not to resign Clark, but instead let his test free agency to land elsewhere this year. However, Clark didn’t receive much interest until training camp, when injuries started catching on with teams, barring them thin at certain positions across the roster.
Now, much like Stokley, Clark will be reunited with current Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, under who he previously played in Indianapolis.
Clark is scheduled to visit the Ravens for a physical on Monday.
The 10-year veteran Clark has appeared in 131 career games, amassing 474 catches 5,322 yards and 50 touchdowns.
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