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

Ravens held talks with free agent tight end Rob Housler, no deal at this time, sources say
Rob Housler #84 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball against Bernard Pollard of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Baltimore. (Larry French / Getty Images)

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.

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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 rookie.

For his career, the former third-round draft pick has 96 receptions for 1,004 yards and one touchdown.

The Ravens have a need at tight end after veteran Owen Daniels signed a three-year, $12.5 million contract this offseason to join the Denver Broncos.

The Ravens return tight end Crockett Gillmore, who provides a blocking presence and caught 10 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown as a rookie last season.

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