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Ravens tight end Chase Ford signs restricted free agent tender

Ravens tight end Chase Ford signs restricted free agent tender
Chase Ford is shown walking on the sidelines as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in the second half of a preseason NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Minneapolis. Ford has been with the Ravens since November and has signed his low tender for next season. (Ann Heisenfelt / AP)

Tight end Chase Ford signed his $1.67 million restricted free agent tender, the Ravens announced Thursday.

Ford, 25, did not play a game for the Ravens last season after they signed him off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad on Nov. 17. He was inactive against the St. Louis Rams and then was placed on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury on Nov.30.

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It was surprising that the Ravens gave Ford the low restricted free agent tender earlier this month, given the team's relatively tight salary cap situation. However, the Ravens were concerned about their tight end position with Crockett Gillmore having his shoulder operated on earlier this offseason and Nick Boyle facing a 10-game suspension to start 2016 for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The Ravens have since signed veteran Benjamin Watson and gotten a positive report on the health of Gillmore who is expected to be ready for organized team activities. The Ravens currently have eight tight ends on their roster, including converted wide receiver Darren Waller.

Ford will need to make the team out of training camp to make the $1.67 million.

Ford has played in 20 career NFL games, starting five for the Vikings in 2014. He has 34 career catches for 391 yards and a touchdown.

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