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Tight end Dallas Clark has become the latest veteran to join the Ravens. Clark and the Ravens have reached agreement on a contract, pending the results of his physical.
“(General manager) Ozzie (Newsome) has an agreement in principle with Dallas Clark as of today,” coach John Harbaugh said following Sunday’s practice at M & T Bank Stadium. “He’ll be in tomorrow (Monday) to get a physical. All that’s going to have to pan out for us to finalize it. But Dallas Clarks is on his way to Baltimore right now.
“Brandon (Stokley) and Dallas, they’ve both veterans, they’re both really accomplished players. We’re exciting to have them. By no means though is anything guaranteed. They understand that. They wanted an opportunity to compete for a job, they’ll be in competition for a job with our guys that are here. We’ll see how that plays out. That’s how they like it.”
Clark is still only 34 years old, and the Ravens are a good fit for him – a Super Bowl contender in need of a tight end. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (fractured hip) is done for the season, and fellow tight end Ed Dickson has been out since last week with a partially torn hamstring. While Harbaugh has said he expects Dickson back in a short time, hamstrings can be tricky.
Clark is added insurance for the Ravens, who have already signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is also familiar with Clark, form their years together with the Colts, where he spent nine of his 10 NFL seasons. Last season with the Buccaneers, Clark caught 47 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns, while playing all 16 games.
The Ravens' official Twitter account has tweeted confirmation that a deal is in place for Clark to become the team's newest member:
Ozzie Newsome has an agreement in principle with TE Dallas Clark.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 11, 2013