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The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens are expressing interest in tight end Dallas Clark.

The Baltimore Sun reports there's mutual interest between the Ravens and tight end Dallas Clark.
The Baltimore Sun reports there's mutual interest between the Ravens and tight end Dallas Clark.
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UPDATE: After practice, coach John Harbaugh announced that the Ravens have in fact signed tight end Dallas Clark to a contract.

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The same day the Ravens finalized a deal with receiver Brandon Stokley, another name has popped up on the organization's radar.

According to Aaron Wilson at the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens and tight end Dallas Clark are expressing mutual interested between each other.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>There is mutual interest between veteran tight end Dallas Clark and the Ravens, according to league sources. No deal at this time</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/366673673479917570">August 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Clark, like Stokley, played in Indianapolis when Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was the quarterbacks and assistant head coach, though Clark also played under Caldwell when he was the Colts' head coach.

About an hour before Wilson's report, ESPN's Adam Schefter stated that Clark could sign a deal with a team as early as the coming week. With the Ravens now linked, it would appear Clark is finalizing a decision between a small selection of teams.

Why the Ravens would want Clark could signal two things:

1) Ed Dickson's hamstring isn't healing as fast as the organization was hoping. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens would evaluate Dickson's hamstring in a week or two. It's been one week since he partially tore his hamstring in a practice held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

2) The Ravens are not pleased with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and Billy Bajema's progress thus far. Assuming Dickson plays in the season-opener, Shiancoe would be the next passing option at tight end. Shiancoe hasn't exactly stood out during his time with the Ravens in training camp, and this could be a sign that he's not a fit.

Clark has caught 474 passes for 5,322 yards and 50 touchdowns in 10 seasons. With Tampa Bay in 2012, his first year away from Indianapolis, Clark finished with 435 yards and four touchdowns.

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