See, Ozzie Newsome was right: there’s no need to panic. The Ravens helped alleviate the gaping hole in their offense caused by the season-ending injury to star tight end Dennis Pitta by signing veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on Sunday. Shiancoe is on a one-year contract for veteran minimum amount of $940,000. He wasted no time acclimating himself with his new team, joining the squad out on the field only an hour after signing his contract.
The 33-year-old Shiancoe has played in the NFL for 10 years, most recently as a member of the New England Patriots. Shiancoe’s best years came as a member of the Minnesota Vikings (2007-2011), when he caught 208 passes for 2,424 yards and 24 touchdowns. According to Wikipedia, he led all NFC tight ends with seven touchdown receptions in 2008.
While Shiancoe will definitely provide some needed depth at the position, it will be difficult to replace the productive Pitta. Still, it’s a good sign that Newsome and the other folks in charge in Baltimore have decided to move along with their preparation for the 2013 season.
[Source: CBS Sports]