Ravens to sign Bouman

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens are expected to officially add well-traveled free agent quarterback Todd Bouman to the roster today as the backup to rookie starter Joe Flacco. Bouman, 36, would likely be signed to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum salary.

The Ravens, who are thin at quarterback with Kyle Boller (injured throwing shoulder) and Troy Smith (tonsil infection) sidelined, didn't immediately make an announcement regarding Bouman on Tuesday.

The Ravens held discussions with Bouman and Joey Harrington, but Harrington is now planning to visit the New Orleans Saints and continue to explore the market.

Bouman was recently cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars and worked out for the Ravens on Monday along with Harrington and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms.

In prior stints with Jacksonville, the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans and the Minnesota Vikings, Bouman has completed 56.1 percent of his career passes for 1,683 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 75.3 quarterback rating.

He completed 20 of 33 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason.

TALKING TACKLE The agent for free agent offensive tackle Willie Anderson said he has been talking to the Ravens.

Other teams believed to have interest in the former Cincinnati Bengals lineman include the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears.

Anderson was cut by Cincinnati last weekend after refusing to take a pay cut.

"Willie is looking to play for an outstanding organization, and Baltimore definitely has that going for it," said Terry Bolar, Anderson's agent, adding that Anderson could be visiting the Ravens soon. "I think it would be a great fit, but there are a number of teams that are interested in Willie."

ROSTER MOVES: The Ravens signed defensive tackle J'Vonne Parker to the practice squad, moving rookie wide receiver Justin Harper to the practice squad injured list.

Parker was cut Sunday from the active roster, and Harper is a seventh-round draft pick who was cut Saturday.

QUICK HIT: During the Ravens' kickoff luncheon at M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave a brief speech to fans.

"We're building on that foundation, we're not starting something new," Harbaugh said. "You hear about all these changes and everything we're doing. It's nothing new.

"It's just good, old-fashioned football. We want to put together a football team you can be proud of."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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