Bajema, Stokley trade roster spots again

Bajema, Stokley trade roster spots again
October 8, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Tight end Billy Bajema's locker at the Ravens' Under Armour Performance Center might as well be a revolving door.

The Ravens re-signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley on Tuesday and cut Bajema -- who had just been re-signed to the team about 72 hours earlier when Stokley was cut. For those of you scoring at home, that is the fifth transaction involving Bajema since Aug. 31.

 When Stokley was cut on Saturday, it seemed an indication that receivers Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown  would be ready to return to action against Miami. In fact, both players were inactive on Sunday, leaving the Ravens with just three healthy receivers.

But Stokley, who has been bothered by a groin injury, wouldn't have been able to play Sunday, either. So he was dropped and the team turned once again to Bajema.

"Brandon has a groin/hip flexor issue where he wasn’t ready to play,” coach John Harbaugh said, according to the team's Web site. “We had to find a way to get Billy back up so we could play Billy, and it was a numbers issue. … It was all health related.”

As vested veterans, both players became free agents immediately upon release, but both were still available when the team wanted to sign them back up.

Bajema, the Ravens' No. 3 tight end, has seen this movie before.

He was cut by the Ravens on Aug. 31 in the final cutdown to 53 players. Then four days later, he was re-signed after Dennis Pitta was placed on injured reserve-designated-for-return.

But last week, the Ravens needed a roster spot for offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, acquired in a trade with Jacksonville. Bye-bye, Bajema. He didn't get far. Two days later, the Ravens re-signed him again once they concluded Stokley would be a no-go in Miami.

Bajema, who is primarily a blocking tight end but does have one reception this season, played 30 snaps against the Dolphins --13 on offense and 17 on special teams -- but all that got him was another pink slip on Tuesday.

Here's guessing the Ravens haven't seen the last of Bajema this season. At least if they need to call on him again, general manager Ozzie Newsome apparently has him on speed-dial.