The Baltimore Ravens plan to sign former wide receiver Brandon Stokley, a source told the Baltimore Sun.
Stokley, 37, was a fourth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1999 NFL Draft out of Louisiana-Lafayette, and was a part of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXV victory, catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Trent Dilfer in Baltimore’s 35-7 victory over the New York Giants.
With the Ravens’ receiving corps reeling over the losses of WR Anquan Boldin in the off-season via trade and the season-ending injury to TE Dennis Pitta, the Ravens are looking for veteran leadership in which GM Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta-all too familiar with Stokley-are hoping the 37-year old receiver can provide.
Stokley talked with WNST host Thyrl Nelson at the end of July, and said he wasn’t ready to call it quits.
“”No. I don’t think so,” Stokley said when asked if retirement was approaching. “I’m training, staying in shape, and working hard.”
But Stokley, who was on the market along with fellow ex-Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd, knew what probably had to happen for him to find his way back to an NFL team-including the Ravens.
“Usually in my position, it takes an injury, so I stay in shape,” Stokley told Nelson. “”I’m just waiting to see what pops up during training camp, and if not, I just stayed in shape for a little while longer.”
Stokley even thought that Baltimore could be a possibility.
“Maybe you all can put a good word in for me with Ozzie,” Stokley joked.
Stokley played in 15 games last season for the Denver Broncos and started nine. He caught 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns, including a score in the Broncos AFC Divisional game loss to the Ravens.
Stokely’s career numbers are 384 receptions, 5,224 yards and 39 TDs in his near-15 year NFL resume.
Stokley’s best season came in 2004 with quarterback Peyton Manning under center-a season in which Stokley was a part of Manning’s then-record-breaking season catching 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 TDs.
Stokley has suited up for the Ravens and Broncos in two different stints should the deal be reached, as well as the Colts, Seahawks, and Giants.
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