Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ravens free-agent rankings: No. 13
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens have 13 unrestricted free agents, if you count wide receiver Brandon Stokley as retired. The Ravens are expected to make more cuts before the start of free agency (March 11), but I will focus my ranking on the 13 who are currently not under contract with the team. Let's start with No. 13 ...
No. 13: DALLAS CLARK
Position: Tight end
The good: Clark gave the Ravens what they expected. When they signed Clark to help soften the loss of Dennis Pitta, I made the comment that 40 catches out of Clark would make it a positive signing. He finished with 31 catches and didn't play the final four games. Clark did come up big at times in the fourth quarter, tying the game in Pittsburgh with a touchdown catch and converting a fourth down in Chicago.
The bad: The Ravens thought they would get more out of Clark in the red zone. He only managed three touchdowns. Also, if you take away his season-opening performance (seven catches for 87 yards), he had 24 catches for 256 yards in his final 11 games. By the end of the season, he looked like a player who had nothing left.
The bottom line: There's a good chance that Clark will follow Stokley's path and retire. He turns 35 before the season starts and his 31 catches were his fewest since 2006. The Ravens are going to need tight ends, but they'll likely re-sign or tag Pitta and add another in the draft. Clark was inactive for the four games Pitta played last season. There's no chance he's returning to the Ravens.