Ravens agree to one-year deal with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe

Visanthe Shiancoe
(Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun)

The Ravens worked quickly to fill the void left at the tight end position.

A day after Dennis Pitta's potentially season-ending hip injury, the Ravens agreed to a deal with former Morgan State standout Visanthe Shiancoe.


Shiancoe, 33, has played parts of 10 NFL seasons, last appearing in four games with the New England Patriots during the 2012 season. Shiancoe signed a one-year standard deal for the veteran minimum of $940,000

For his career, Shiancoe (6 feet 4, 250 pounds) has 243 career catches for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns. His best seasons in the NFL were with the Minnesota Vikings. From 2007 to 2011, Shiancoe played 80 games for the Vikings and had 207 catches for 24 touchdowns.

The Ravens were considering signing Shiancoe even before Pitta went down with a dislocated and fractured hip in yesterday's practice. Shiancoe worked out for the Ravens on Friday and then watched practice later that day with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Shiancoe also worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the week.

With the Ravens, he joins a tight end group that includes starter Ed Dickson, Billy Bajema, Alex Silvestro and Matt Furstenburg (Maryland).