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Joe Flacco Helped Clark and Stokley Come to Baltimore

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Joe Flacco played a large part in Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley coming to the Ravens.

Joe Flacco signs autographs for kids at training camp.
Joe Flacco signs autographs for kids at training camp.
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Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco isn't just winning games and going to the playoffs every year, but he is also becoming a secret recruiter for the Ravens, and I don't think he even knows it.

Recently signed TE Dallas Clark and WR Brandon Stokley both came to Baltimore for a number of reasons, but Joe Flacco was one of the main ones. Dallas Clark was asked on Tuesday whether or not Joe Flacco was one of the reasons he decided to sign with the Ravens.

"Absolutely," Clark said. He's a gamer and a great leader. He can flat-out play the game. As a receiving tight-end, that was number one wherever I was going to go, they had to have a solid quarterback. This is better than that."

Dallas Clark had multiple options when choosing where to sign, but apparently, Joe Flacco's performance and work ethic caught his eye, so he decided to come to the home of the defending Super Bowl Champions.

As for Stokley, here's what he had to say about Flacco:

"Any time that you can be on the same team as an elite quarterback -- which Joe is -- it makes the job for the offense so much easier, and especially for a receiver."

It seems that Ravens' players and fans aren't the only one that thinks Joe Flacco is "elite." Brandon Stokley used some strong words there, but the evidence is there to back it up.

Coach Harbaugh also weighed in on the recruiting of Joe Flacco.

"A couple of receivers like the fact that Joe is here," Harbaugh said. "I think that interests them a lot."

Playing for Joe Flacco doesn't seem too bad, and if you're a normal onlooker like Clark and Stokley, you must not think so either.

Also, in one-day old breaking news, Dallas Clark chooses #87 as his new number, instead of fighting Vonta Leach for #44. Clark says that he chose #87 for one of his favorite receivers and teammates of all-time, Reggie Wayne.


Watch Dallas Clark's first practice here.