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Ravens sign Matt Schaub as backup quarterback

The Ravens finalized a one-year contract with veteran quarterback Matt Schaub as their new backup Tuesday after talks progressed quickly during his visit to team headquarters.

The deal is worth $3 million, according to league sources.

Schaub will back up starter Joe Flacco, one of the most durable quarterbacks in the NFL. Flacco has never missed a start in his seven-year NFL career, a streak of 112 consecutive starts.

The Ravens were Schaub's only free-agent visit.

Schaub, 33, also drew strong interest from the Atlanta Falcons, the team that drafted him. The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans expressed initial interest, but not to the level the Ravens did.

Schaub is the most experienced and expensive backup that the Ravens have had on the roster since former St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl quarterback Marc Bulger backed up Flacco under a one-year, $3.8 million contract. Bulger wound up not throwing any passes for the Ravens during the regular season that year before retiring.

The Ravens have...

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Ravens held talks with free agent tight end Rob Housler, no deal at this time, sources say

There's mutual interest between the Ravens and veteran free agent tight end Rob Housler, according to league sources.

Although no deal has been reached in contract discussions, the two sides are expected to keep talking in search of a financial compromise.

The former Arizona Cardinals starter could be a good fit for new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman as an athletic pass-catching tight end.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the 2011 NFL scouting combine, the fastest time among any tight end that year.

Housler visited the Atlanta Falcons this month.

Housler's role diminished as a receiver diminished last season as the former Florida Atlantic standout caught just nine passes for 129 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games with seven starts. He was targeted just 17 times.

Housler had a more prominent role previously with the Cardinals, catching 45 passes for 417 yards on 68 targets in 2013. He caught 39 passes for 454 yards and a touchdown as a...

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Bringing in Matt Schaub as backup quarterback is a good idea

I like the idea of the Ravens possibly bringing in Matt Schaub as a backup to starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

Throughout his NFL career Flacco, has never had a serious enough injury to force him to miss playing time, but a team always needs a security blanket.

Schaub put up decent numbers as a starter during his time in Houston, and is familiar with the West Coast offense, which he ran when Gary Kubiak was the Texans' head coach.

According to the Ravens, there won't be many changes in the offense from a year ago, even though it will be under the direction of new coordinator Marc Trestman. That's a huge advantage for the Ravens if they can sign Schaub.

Also, Schaub has plenty of experience, so different coverages and schemes won't suprise him.

Schaub might be a little more costly than most backups in the NFL, but he is worth it. I certainly feel more comfortable with him subbing for Flacco than previous No. 2, Tyrod Taylor. 

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Quarterback Matt Schaub visiting Ravens on Tuesday, sources say

Quarterback Matt Schaub is visiting the Ravens on Tuesday, according to NFL sources.

Schaub, 33, has also drawn strong interest from the Atlanta Falcons. The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans have also expressed interest.

The Ravens have been looking for a candidate to back up starter Joe Flacco. They have 2014 sixth-round NFL draft pick Keith Wenning under contract, but would ideally like to have an experienced veteran in place behind Flacco.

Former Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor signed a three-year, $3.35 million contract with the Buffalo Billls this offseason.

Schaub played for the Oakland Raiders last season after being acquired via a trade with the Houston Texans in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

Schaub was replaced as the starter by rookie first-round draft pick Derek Carr before being cut after the season.

In 11 games last season -- none of which he started -- Schaub completed five of 10 passes for 57 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

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Navy long snapper Joe Cardona to visit Eagles, sources say

Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is scheduled to visit the Philadelphia Eagles next week, according to a league source.

His snaps have been clocked at 41 mph, reaching the punter's hands in less than a second.

A four-year starter, Cardona was the only long snapper invited to the NFL scouting combine.

At 6-foot-2, 242 pounds, Cardona bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times and had a 33-inch vertical leap and a 4.91 in the 40-yard dash.

Cardona has a pending service commitment. He is required to serve five years in the Navy as an officer and will be commissioned in May.

There have been exceptions granted in the past, though, including special clearance given to former Navy fullback Eric Kettani, which allowed him to play in the NFL.

“Ultimately, it’s whatever the Navy wants to do with me and I'm ready and willing to do whatever they ask,” Cardona said during the NFL scouting combine.“It's something that I'm definitely looking into applying for. All that comes down to the needs of the Navy and...

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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker got married Saturday to Amanda Bass

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker tied the knot over the weekend, marrying Amanda Bass during a wedding ceremony in Texas.

"So happy to say I'm officially a married man!" Tucker wrote on his official Twitter account. "I will always remember 3.28.15 as the happiest day of my life. I love you @AmandaBass!!"

Tucker has dated Bass for several years, and they got engaged two years ago during an elaborate proposal at the Four Seasons in the Inner Harbor.

Now, the couple is heading off on its honeymoon.

Tucker posted a photo Monday on his Instagram account of them at the airport.

"Thanks to all our friends & fam for celebrating with us this wknd," Tucker wrote. "Now it's time for a trip to somewhere warm and sunny"

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