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Ravens re-sign backup quarterback Ryan Mallett

Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett walks off the field after a game in 2015.
Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett walks off the field after a game in 2015. (Kenneth K. Lam)

Ryan Mallett will return as Joe Flacco's primary backup.

The Ravens agreed to a free-agent deal today with Mallett, who will return for his third season with the team. Terms of his deal weren't immediately known.

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Mallett, 28, played in four games last year in relief of Flacco and completed 3-of-6 passes for 26 yards and threw an interception.

The Ravens initially signed Mallett in December 2015 about two months after the quarterback was released by the Houston Texans for a slew of indiscretions, including missing a team flight. The Ravens, though, had no issues with Mallett, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh has praised the way the quarterback goes about his business.

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By all accounts, Mallett and Flacco also maintain a solid relationship. With Flacco sidelined following knee surgery in 2015, Mallett started two games for the Ravens and led them to a late-season upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He has started eight games in his NFL career, which began in 2011 as a third-round pick by the New England Patriots.

NFL Network first reported Mallett's agreement with the Ravens.

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