The Ravens aren't playing around

September, 6, 2010
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The Baltimore Ravens believe they are strong Super Bowl contenders in 2010, and they are not leaving anything to chance.

In a move few expected, Baltimore signed receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year deal Monday. In one offseason the Ravens have transformed a thin receiver corps into one of the NFL's best.

Houshmandzadeh is a tremendous bargain at $855,000 this season. There is little money or risk involved, Houshmandzadeh is very familiar with the AFC North and the former Cincinnati Bengal has been one of the NFL's more productive receivers the past several seasons.

The only question now is how Houshmandzadeh fits in the Ravens' offense. Is he a starter or No. 3 receiver? There already are not enough footballs to go around in Baltimore as every starting skill player except quarterback Joe Flacco has been to a Pro Bowl.

Look for Baltimore to use a lot of three-receiver sets with Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Houshmandzadeh, who is very good at finding openings in the middle of the field. There is no reason the Ravens shouldn't have one of the top offenses this year to go with their always fierce defense.

The rich just got richer.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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