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What Numbers Will Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley Wear?


The Ravens made some roster additions over the weekend by bringing in a pair of veterans to Baltimore.

The team signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Dallas Clark to one-year contracts, which will help out the passing game.

Now that they're officially Ravens, what numbers will the veterans wear?

Stokley will go with No. 80, the number he originally wore with the Ravens when he was drafted by the team back in 1999. That number was open, so it was a natural fit.

Clark will go with No. 87.

Clark's decision on No. 87 was a little more complicated. He had worn No. 44 throughout his career, but Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach already has that number for the Ravens. 

Sometimes veterans can get new teammates to give up their preferred jersey numbers – often in exchange for some sort of compensation – but Leach has worn No. 44 throughout his three years in Baltimore so that wasn't going to change.

"There's a time where you just don't even ask," Clark said about asking Leach for No. 44. "Leach has had a phenomenal career – if he was like a four-or five-year guy, we'd have a conversation. But I respect him too much as a player to even ask him."

Clark opted to go with No. 87 out of respect for his former teammate Reggie Wayne with the Indianapolis Colts.

"Playing with him and one of my favorite teammates I've ever played with, so I told him last night that I got his number and he was pretty pumped about that," Clark said. "But I learned a lot from that guy, so I felt good about having 87."

Now Clark has a new number for the first time in his 11-year career.

"As long as I don't look down, I'm still No. 44," Clark joked. "I would love  44, but 87, we'll make it work."

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