OWINGS MILLS - Tight end Dallas Clark isn't officially a Baltimore Raven just yet.
Clark was in Baltimore Monday after agreeing to terms with the Ravens Sunday, but he wasn't at practice, and Baltimore's official Twitter account later tweeted that Clark was still in the process of getting his physical and signing his contract.
"I'm not sure exactly what Dallas' timetable is," Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "But when he gets here, we'll try to get him up to speed as quickly as we can."
Clark will compete for playing time with fellow recent free-agent addition Visanthe Shiancoe.
Baltimore signed Shiancoe in late July after losing to top tight end Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury, and he's currently the top tight end on the Ravens' depth chart with Ed Dickson sidelined by a partially torn hamstring.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh has said that Dickson is expected to be available for the first game of the regular season, but Clark provides added insurance in case he's not.
And even if Dickson is back healthy by the start of the regular season, Clark could still have a role in a passing game trying to replace both Pitta and wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Clark, 34, is years removed from being considered one of the NFL's top tight ends, but he still appears to be a player capable of contributing.
He played in 16 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, started seven and had 47 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns.
And like wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who the Ravens signed Sunday, Clark has a relationship with Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
Caldwell was part of the Colts' coaching staff during each of Clark's nine seasons in Indianapolis.
"Certainly glad to have them [Clark and Stokley]," Caldwell said. "Both are guys that have talent and have been very, very productive throughout their careers. We're glad to have the opportunity to throw them in the mix with the rest of our guys. It makes for a really, really competitive atmosphere."
Caldwell said he had talked to Clark a couple days earlier but that he hadn't spoken to Clark since the tight end agreed to terms with Baltimore Sunday.
"Fortunately, things worked out," Caldwell said. "I haven't spoken with him since that time - we text back and forth - but we'll get a chance to see him when he gets here."

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