By Jamison Hensley
3:38 PM EDT, August 3, 2011
he Ravens will have to find a new backup for Joe Flacco.
Marc Bulger, 34, who was the Ravens' No. 2 quarterback, last year, has decided to retire after 11 NFL seasons and two Pro Bowls. A league source told The Baltimore Sun about Bulger's intentions to retire on Wednesday morning, and Bulger confirmed it to ESPN.
"I am grateful to all my former teammates, coaches and my family," Bulger told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning. "I have a special place in my heart for coach [Mike] Martz for giving me an opportunity. Moving forward, I'm excited to continue doing work through my foundation to help the men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day so we can enjoy the game of football."
The Marc Bulger foundation benefits the military, policemen and firefighters.
The Ravens signed Bulger to a one-year, $3.8 million contract as insurance to Flacco. He didn't play a snap in the regular season.
According to a league source, Bulger received offers from other teams this offseason but he chose not to pursue them.
The only quarterbacks on the Ravens' roster are: Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, a rookie sixth-round pick; and Hunter Cantwell, a practice squad player from last year. Flacco has never missed a start in his three-year NFL career.
The free-agent quarterbacks available are: Brodie Croyle, Jake Delhomme, J.P. Losman, J.T. O'Sullivan, Patrick Ramsey, Todd Bouman and Chris Simms.
Bulger emerged in the NFL when he took over as starter for an injured Kurt Warner in 2003, leading the Rams to a 12-4 record. He made the Pro Bowl that season and was a Pro Bowl reserve in 2006.
Bulger threw for 22,814 yards, 122 touchdowns, and 93 interceptions in his career.
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