Yesterday, it was reported here that according to ESPN, the Ravens were signing recently released Atlanta Falcon Joey Harrington to a contract. Previously, I had heard on the NFL Network that we were about to sign former Tampa Bay QB Chris Simms.
Apparently everyone was wrong as ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that the Baltimore Ravens have signed Todd Bouman to a one year contract to back up starter Joe Flacco. Bouman is 36 years old and has played for a bunch of teams over his career, most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This should be for at least the first game, while the Ravens determine the future services of both Kyle boller and troy Smith. Smith is out of the hospital for his tonsil infection, where he reportedly lost 20 pounds and thereofre is not close to rejoining the team. Boller has a labrum injury to his throwing shoulder and it is unclear whther or not he will be placed on IR, thereby ending his 2008 season before it began. The only orther QB on ther roster is Casey Bramlet, whom theRavens signed prior to the last exhibition game and knows Cam Cameron's offense from their time together in San Diego.
I would have much preferred Harrington, as he has played at a higher level than Bouman, and if you remember, it was the Ravens who put Chris Simms out of action in the opening game of the 2006 when they ruptured his spleen, requiring emergency surgery and ending his season, from which he never really returned.
Let's just hope Joe Flacco stays healthy or we could be in for a boatload of even more trouble than we are cureently in.