Ravens Sign Tackle Kooistra

Baltimore adds experience to its offensive line in eight-year veteran Scott Kooistra.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 10:12 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens signed tackle Scott Kooistra Monday morning, adding experience and depth to their offensive line.

Kooistra, 29, is in his eighth season and has played in 84 career games with one start. He played in every game in 2004 and 15 games in 2005 and 2006 for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 6-foot-6, 335-pound former seventh-round draft pick is making the rounds in the AFC North.

He spent seven seasons with the Bengals before being picked up by the Cleveland Browns in late December last season. Kooistra remained with Cleveland throughout the offseason, but didn’t make the final cut.

“He’s been around and been in this division,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s a good hardnosed offensive lineman. We needed some help in the offensive line, numbers-wise, so that will help us. And he’s a good player. He fits us.”

Kooistra is listed as a guard on NFL.com but the Ravens are classifying him as a tackle, according to the official transaction. Kooistra played tackle his final two seasons at North Carolina State.

He could help fill in if Jared Gaither is not able to return soon, or at all, this season. Gaither got a re-evaluation on his injured back by Dr. Robert Watkins in California Monday and said he is not cleared to play.

Last week, Harbaugh said “the clock is ticking” on whether Gaither would need to be placed on Injured Reserve. Gaither had no timetable for his return.

Without Gaither, the Ravens’ offensive line depth was thin. The Ravens only had backup offensive tackles Oniel Cousins and Tony Moll available on gameday before signing Kooistra, who was involved in offensive meetings and could not speak to the media.

Baltimore released cornerback Prince Miller to make room for Kooista. On Wednesday, Harbaugh said the Ravens hope to sign Miller to the practice squad as soon as they can.

“We’ve got high hopes for Prince,” Harbaugh said. “We think he has a great future as a developmental player, and you never know, down the road this year.”

Tags: , , , , ,