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A look at the all-time best Ravens backup quarterbacks

Matt Schaub becomes not only Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's most expensive backup since Marc Bulger, but also the most accomplished.

Schaub, 33, signed a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with incentives on Tuesday, and brings 24,311 passing yards, 130 touchdowns, two Pro Bowl selections and 11 years of NFL experience to Baltimore.

That's just 24,112 yards and, well, 130 touchdowns and two Pro Bowls more than Tyrod Taylor, 25, left the Ravens with after spending four years as Flacco's backup.

The smart money is not on Schaub to add to his career totals with the Ravens; Flacco's never missed an NFL start. Still, he provides a theoretical level of security in the No. 2 quarterback role that the Ravens have not had in some time.

If Schaub needed to step in and win one game for a banged-up Flacco, could he do it? Ravens fans should probably hope they don't have to find out. But, without yet throwing a pass, Schaub immediatey joins a list of the team's all-time best backup quarterbacks....

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Ravens take in Pro Day workout of Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones

When Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones, one of the most athletic draft prospects, worked out Tuesday, the Ravens were in attendance.

Ravens senior personnel assistant George Kokinis, a Connecticut native, took in the Huskies' campus Pro Day.

And Jones lived up to his reputation, running the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer ran the workout. Jones met with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots before the workout.

The 6-foot-1, 199-pound cornerback had previously turned in a staggering 44.5-inch vertical leap at the NFL scouting combine in February during which he also had a 12-3 broad jump. That would have been a world record in the standing broad jump.

Jones' senior season was ended prematurely when he injured his left shoulder and had surgery, preventing him from playing in the Senior Bowl.

A converted safety, Jones had 24 tackles and two interceptions, returning one 70 yards for a touchdown prior to his injury last season. He finished his...

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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 up to $3 million with a $1 million base salary, a $1 million signing bonus and another $1 million in playtime incentives, 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...

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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.

A former Falcons...

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