After Dennis Pitta went down for the year with with a fractured hip, many people speculated that the Baltimore Ravens would go out and sign another tight end off the open market. After only one preseason game, the defending Super Bowl champs have done just that by inking veteran tight end Dallas Clark to a one-year deal.
At one time you could have made an argument for Clark being the best tight end in football. That was of course several years ago, at the height of his time with the Indianapolis Colts. Clark was one of Peyton Manning‘s favorite targets for years in the mid-to-late 2000′s. But age and injuries have caught up to the former Pro Bowl TE and he hasn’t been the same player over the past couple of seasons.
Clark was able to stay healthy and played in all 16 games a year ago in Tampa, but he wasn’t the player that used to give defenses fits. Still, he was able to amass 435 receiving yards on 47 catches.
Now the veteran will take on a new role with the Ravens. He figures to be the number two TE behind Ed Dickson in the Baltimore offense. The two players should form quite the duo for Joe Flacco. The younger Pitta obviously had more to offer the team than the aging Clark does, but he’s still not a bad plan-B. In a limited role in 2013, I expect Clark to be a solid contributor. He’ll also bring veteran leadership to the huddle and will provide Flacco with another reliable red zone target.