Ravens expected to sign Kordell Stewart

OWINGS MILLS – Veteran quarterback Kordell Stewart was at the Baltimore Ravens' training complex Tuesday night meeting with the coaching staff. He's expected to officially rejoin the team as its backup at practice Wednesday after signing a one-year contract.

The team made no announcement about Stewart, who was with the Ravens as a backup last year.

The pending roster move was necessitated by quarterback Kyle Boller's turf toe injury propelling Anthony Wright into the starting job, and sixth-round rookie Derek Anderson's lack of NFL experience.

Ravens coach Brian Billick said Monday that Stewart is a "very viable" option.

Stewart, 32, didn't throw a pass last season. The 2001 Pro Bowl selection and former Pittsburgh Steelers appeared in one game last season to punt in place of an injured Dave Zastudil, kicking five times for a 35.4 average against the New York Jets.

Stewart has a career record of 48-34 as a starter, completing 56.4 percent of his passes for 13,331 yards, 70 touchdowns and 72 interceptions for a 72.3 quarterback rating.

Stewart struggled in his last stint as a starter in 2003 with the Chicago Bears. He was the lowest-rated passer in the league that year, completing 50.1 percent of his passes for 1,418 yards, seven touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 56.8 quarterback rating.

Stewart's top season was in 2001 with the Steelers when he passed for 3,109 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for an 81.7 quarterback rating.

Other free agent possibilities besides Stewart included Tim Couch, Jesse Palmer, Charlie Batch and Quincy Carter.

It's unclear what corresponding roster move the team will make to clear room for Stewart. However, Anderson, who was at the training complex Tuesday, could be released and placed on the practice squad if he clears waivers rather than carry four quarterbacks on the active roster.

 

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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