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Ravens agree to deal with TE Clark, re-sign WR Stokley

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The Canadian Press
8/11/2013 10:31:31 PM
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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens have bolstered their receiving corps, agreeing in principle to a contract with tight end Dallas Clark and signing wideout Brandon Stokley to a one-year contract.

The team announced the deals Sunday.

The Ravens lost top tight end Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury early in training camp, and Ed Dickson, the player being counted on to replace him is sidelined by a partially torn hamstring.

The 34-year old Clark has been one of the more productive tight ends in the NFL during the last decade.

He has 474 catches 5,322 yards and 50 touchdowns in 10 NFL seasons, the first nine of which he spent with the Indianapolis Colts.

The 37-year old Stokley was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL draft and caught a touchdown during Baltimore's win over the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl. Since leaving the Ravens following the 2002 season, Stokley has spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants.

He has 384 catches for 5,224 yards and 39 touchdowns in 14 NFL seasons.

"He gives us experience," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He gives us a guy that can catch balls in the slot. He's done that over a number of years, and he's done a great job of that, so that's an asset for us."

Clark's numbers have dipped in recent years, but he still had 47 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

He will be in Baltimore on Monday to take a physical.

Stokley had 45 catches for 544 yards and five touchdowns for the Broncos last year.

He will be part of a group that includes Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson competing for playing time.

"I feel like I can move the chains," Stokley said. "I feel like I can help the club get in the end zone, keep the offence on the field and be successful."

Peyton Manning Brandon Stokley (Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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