BALTIMORE - The Ravens bolstered two areas of concern Sunday, signing veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley and agreeing to terms with veteran tight end Dallas Clark.
For Stokley, signing with Baltimore represents a homecoming of sorts.
Stokley was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL draft and played with Baltimore through the 2002 season.
He was a key member of the Ravens' Super Bowl winning team in 2000 when he scored the first touchdown of the game in Baltimore's win over the New York Giants.
Stokley didn't practice Sunday, but he was on the field for the Ravens' practice at M&T Bank Stadium.
"A lot of old, good memories [here]," Stokley said. "Great organization, great fans and just all around a great place."
As for what Stokley provides the Ravens at this point, he's been considered one of the better slot receivers in the NFL for much of the last decade and adds competition for playing time at a wide receiver position that lacks a clear second or third receiver.
"He gives us experience," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "He gives us a guy that can catch balls in the slot. He's done that over a number of years, and he's done a great job of that, so that's an asset for us."
Stokley is 37 now, and his production was limited from 2009 through 2011, but he enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts with the Denver Broncos last season.
Working out of the slot in the Broncos' Peyton Manning-led passing game, Stokley had 45 catches for 544 yards and five touchdowns.
He also had three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in Denver's playoff loss to the Ravens.
"I feel like I can [still] move the chains," Stokley said. "I feel like I can help the club get in the end zone, keep the offense on the field and be successful."
Bringing in Clark strengthens a tight end position that has been significantly weakened by injury this summer.
Baltimore lost top tight end Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury early in training camp, and starter Ed Dickson is dealing with a partially torn hamstring that has put his availability for the Ravens' regular season opener against the Broncos in question.
Baltimore signed veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe in late July, but Clark provides further insurance should Dickson's injury linger into the regular season.
And even if Dickson is back for the regular season opener, Clark provides another weapon in the passing game for an offense trying to replace both Pitta and wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Clark, now 34, is no longer the standout player he was for so many years with the Indianapolis Colts, but he started seven games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and finished the year with 47 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns.
"[It's the] same thing with Brandon and Dallas," Harbaugh said. "They're both veterans. They're both really accomplished players. We're excited to have them.
"By no means, though, was anything guaranteed, and they understand that. They wanted an opportunity to compete for a job, and they'll be in competition for a job with our guys here, and we'll see how that plays out."

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