Information is never more reliable than when it comes directly from the source, making the reporting on Dallas Clark and the Baltimore Ravens extremely easy.
Ozzie Newsome has an agreement in principle with TE Dallas Clark.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 11, 2013
It had been widely known that the two sides were in negotiations, but Ozzie Newsome’s announcement on Sunday confirms that interest with a firm commitment. Clark is best known for his explosive production under the wing of Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, but at 34 years old, this is a low-risk, low-investment signing for the Ravens.
Clark peaked with an 1,100+ yard season in 2009 with Indianapolis, but since then, his on-field contribution and off-field health have given him issues. He combined to appear in only 17 games with the Colts in his final two seasons in Indianapolis (2010 and 2011), and while he appeared in all 16 games with the Tampa Bay Bucs last season, he generated only 435 receiving yards.
However, the Ravens are incredibly short-handed at tight end in the wake of Dennis Pitta’s season-ending injury and the banged-up nature of Ed Dickson. In addition, the team is in desperate need of pure pass-catchers of any sort after Anquan Boldin left town, and Clark can contribute in both areas if he is healthy.
August signings aren’t usually “high impact” moves, but this one could pay big-time dividends for the defending Super Bowl Champions.