Report: Brandon Stokley Signing With Ravens

The Ravens are signing Brandon Stokley, according to the Baltimore Sun. - Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

According to the Baltimore Sun, veteran receiver Brandon Stokley will sign with the Ravens.

Brandon Stokley will have a chance to finish his career where he began it.

According to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, the Ravens will sign Stokley, adding a veteran presence to an otherwise young receiving group.

Stokley was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 1999 draft. He played the 2012 season in Denver, catching 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns.

Stokley has familiarity with Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, as the two worked together in the early to mid 2000s with the Indianapolis Colts. Caldwell, when he was a quarterbacks and assistant head coach with the Colts, overlapped Stokley's tenure from 2003 to 2006.

Stokley's best season in Indianapolis was in 2004, when he recorded 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Ravens needed an inside receiver, especially with Deonte Thompson out for the time being with an ankle injury. In addition, neither Thompson, Jacoby Jones or Tandon Doss had good showings this past Thursday against Tampa Bay. Signing Stokley puts some pressure on these guys to perform, or they could wind up seeing less playing time.

This signing doesn't assure Stokley of a spot on this roster. He's 37 years old with his best football behind him. That stated, last year proved he can still be productive if given the opportunity. It definitely puts some of the other receivers on notice that any job can be take at any time.

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