Baltimore Ravens Sign Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley

Brandon Stokley

In an attempt to overcome losses to pretty big pass catchers from last season, the Baltimore Ravens have made a couple moves to add experience and previous NFL-level production to the roster. It was announced on Saturday that Baltimore added wide receiver Brandon Stokley, most recently of the Denver Broncos, to a one-year contract.

The 37-year-old receiver recorded 45 receptions for 544 yards and five scores for Peyton Manning and Co. last year. He was left out of the Broncos plans after they added a similar type of receiver in Wes Welker from the New England Patriots in free agency this past spring.

Prior to putting up solid numbers for the Broncos last season, Stokley’s production had been on the decline for some time now. He had consecutive sub-400 yard seasons in 2010 and 2011 with Denver and Seattle. It’s been a good 10 years since Stokley actually performed like a starter-caliber receiver. Interestingly enough, that came with Manning and the Colts back in 2004.

It remains to be seen if Stokley will be able to make much of an impact for the team that originally drafted him back in 1999. As it is, Stokley will provide depth and experience to a Ravens’ wide receiver group that is thin in both categories.

Baltimore also went out there and signed tight end Dallas Clark to a one-year contract on Sunday. Clark, a 10-year veteran, is also a few seasons removed from consistent production. He tallied 347 yards in 2010 and 352 in 2011 before leaving the Indianapolis Colts for Tampa Bay prior to last season. Clark went on to catch 47 passes for 435 yards and four scores for the Buccaneers in 2012.

Clark’s best season came in 2009 when he put up 100 receptions for over 1,100 yards and 10 scores for Manning and the Colts. He’s been on the decline ever since.

Baltimore was in need of adding another pass-catching tight end after Dennis Pitta hurt his hip during the early part of training camp. Pitta, who is in a contract year, will miss the entire 2013 season. Clark joins new addition Visanthe Shiancoe and holdover Ed Dickson to form some talent and depth at the tight end position.

While both were solid additions, it’s hard to imagine either Stokley or Clark being major contributors for a Ravens’ team that will likely have to rely more on the run game this upcoming season. After all, it’s hard to replace the production we saw from Anquan Boldin and Pitta last season.

 

Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist at Bleacher Report.

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle8:00-9:30 every Wednesday.