Ravens Sign Veteran Tight End Billy Bajema

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The Ravens have added another tight end to the roster now that Dennis Pitta is out for the rest of training campwith a broken hand.

The team signed eight-year veteran Billy Bajema on Wednesday. To make room for him on the roster, the Ravens waived undrafted rookie quarterback John Brantley.

Bajema, 29, has spent the last three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He played in every game last year, making 12 starts, and caught nine passes for 71 yards. Bajema was an unrestricted free agent this offseason and the Rams did not re-sign him.

The former seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State began his career with the San Francisco 49ers. He spent four seasons in San Francisco before signing with St. Louis.

Bajema, 6-foot-4, 259 pounds, has 38 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns in his career. He will compete with 2009 fifth-round pick Davon Drew for reps and a roster spot. Drew had taken the reps as the No. 2 tight end after Pitta went down with the injury.

In addition to Bajema, Drew and Pitta, the other tight ends currently on the roster are starter Ed Dickson and undrafted rookies Bruce Figgins and Matt Balasavage. Last year the Ravens carried three tight ends on the 53-man roster throughout the season.

After waiving Brantley, the Ravens now have four quarterbacks on the roster: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, Curtis Painter and rookie Chester Stewart.

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