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Baltimore Ravens agree in principle to sign tight end Dallas Clark

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The Baltimore Ravens announced they have reached an agreement in principle to sign Dallas Clark.

That comes after the Ravens signed slot receiver Brandon Stokley. No word on if Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James will be getting calls this week as the Ravens try to recreate the 2005 Colts offense.

The moves are a bit of desperation. Neither player has a whole lot left. But the Ravens realize what everyone else did: They need to do find Joe Flacco someone to throw to other than Torrey Smith on deep balls.

Clark caught 47 balls for 435 yards last year with Tampa Bay, and the 9.3-yard average was the worst of his career. He just turned 34. Stokley had a solid year with 45 catches for 544 yards in Denver last year, but he just turned 37, is entering his 15th season, and one has to wonder how longer he can keep getting open against NFL cornerbacks. There's a reason both were unsigned a week into the preseason.

You can't fault the Ravens for trying. The tight end situation is a concern after Dennis Pitta went down for the season and Ed Dickson came down with a hamstring injury. The team also traded Anquan Boldin, a great target for Flacco on third down.

The Ravens' offense would be helped tremendously if Clark or Stokley stuck on the roster and could contribute as they've done in the past. Their ages say that's unlikely.

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