The Baltimore Ravens are in desperate need of a veteran possession receiver and it seems as if they have made a move in order to secure one. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley. Stokley, 37, has an injury history but was still effective for the Denver Broncos last season Stokley was reunited with his former quarterback Peyton Manning in Denver where he recorded 45 receptions for 544 yards.
Stokley wanted to return to the Broncos for another season but the addition of Wes Welker made him expendable. This is Stokley’s second stint with the Ravens after being originally drafted by Baltimore in 1999.
The Ravens have been searching for receiver help after the loss of Anquan Boldin and the most recent loss of tight end Dennis Pitta.
At 37, Stokley is not a deep threat but will be another target for quarterback Joe Flacco, giving the Ravens a set of sure hands which can help move the chains, something that receivers coach Jim Hostler acknowledged is a concern heading into 2013.
“You take our top two inside guys out of the equation, there’s going to be some pressure,” Hostler said. “Guys are going to have to step up. Guys are going to have to do things that they’ve never done before. They’re going to have to carry the team. They’re going to have to make plays in critical situations. That’s where we’re at. We’ve got a lot of guys outside. We’ll be fine. We can run. We’ve got a lot of speed.
“We’ve just got to find those couple guys inside that can go in there on third down and make plays in critical situations to move the chains. And that’s where we’re at – we’re trying to discover those guys. We’ve got a couple that we’ve got that are working, that are good players. Nobody knows them. So until they do it, we’re going to be answering that question the rest of the year.”
Terms of the deal have not been released as of yet.