Ravens reach pact with Stewart

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to a one-year contract with former Pro Bowl quarterback Kordell Stewart for the veteran minimum of $760,000, general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday evening.

Stewart, 31, is a former Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears starter who was benched last year for Rex Grossman in Chicago. He had some of the best games of his career against the Ravens.

Now, he's one injury away from becoming their starter.

Stewart will back up starter Kyle Boller until Anthony Wright is healthy enough to regain his job after shoulder surgery. "Having the opportunity to compete against Kordell over the years, I think we have a very good history with him as a competitor," Newsome said. "After scouting him all those years we know what his strengths and weaknesses are. The second thing is the history of quarterbacks getting injured in this league is incredible. "As of tomorrow, he is one injury away from starting the first game against Cleveland. That's just the nature of our business It's good that we can have a person that has a veteran presence that's been in that situation that we have a history with."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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