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Pondering the Marc Bulger (soon-to-be) signing

The Ravens on Wednesday agreed to terms with two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Marc Bulger on a one-year deal. Bulger will back up starter Joe Flacco. He'll also make more money than Flacco. The former Rams quarterback will make $3.8 million with an opportunity to earn more through contract incentives. Flacco, still on his rookie deal, will make $2.66 million.

I was pretty surprised by the move last night when I first learned of it on Twitter. I had actually forgot that Bulger was still on the market, and I had no idea the Ravens had interest in him. Heck, I had no idea the Ravens were looking to upgrade the depth behind Flacco.

This means either Troy Smith or John Beck is on their way out of town – hopefully, for their sake, before the start of training camps. It will probably be Smith who is gone. Considering he wants to be a starting QB, he isn't going to be cool with being a No. 3. Any team could have signed him as a restricted free agent and forked up a fifth-round pick, so at best the Ravens will get a sixth-rounder for him, if anything.

I've got two quick thoughts on Bulger. First, I think it's significant the Ravens finally brought in a veteran to work with Flacco, something he didn't have in his first two seasons in Baltimore (no, Kyle Boller does not count). Obviously, the Ravens feel they have a great chance to win the Super Bowl this year (as do I), so bringing in Bulger as an insurance policy makes sense. (The guy can still play; he has just been on a terrible team these past couple of years.) But it's also clear they're trying to surround Flacco with quality people so he takes the next step. They gave him more weapons. They added Jim Zorn to a loaded coaching staff. Now they brought in a former Pro-Bowler to show him the ropes. Now it's up to Flacco to break out.

Second, Bulger grew up in Pittsburgh. He went to the same high school as Dan Marino. And I'm guessing he grew up a Steelers fan. That's going to make for some fun banter during Weeks 4 and 13.

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