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The Ravens added some offensive line insurance on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with veteran offensive lineman Casey Rabach on a two-year deal.
Baltimore is quite familiar with the 11-year veteran.
He started his career with the Ravens as a third-round draft pick in 2001 and played in Baltimore for four years, eventually becoming a 16-game starter in his final season.
The 6-foot-4, 288-pounder played both center and guard for the Ravens, showing versatility that Baltimore could once again take advantage of.
“That’s exciting,” Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said. “You guys know him. He’s been here. He’s had a heck of a career here, went to Washington and had a heck of a career. That gives some depth at center. We will see how things have turned out with Matt Birk.”
Birk, 35, battled through knee injuries last season to play all 16 games. He sat out practice Monday and Tuesday this week, and Cameron said the veteran had a MRI on his knee Tuesday morning.
Birk hasn’t missed a game since 2005, but at the end of the year he told the media that his knee had to be drained weekly. He briefly contemplated retirement, but decided to return.
If not used at center, Rabach could also swing over to guard if the Ravens are forced to keep Marshal Yanda at right tackle. Baltimore lost center/guard Chris Chester to the Washington Redskins last week, so Rabach steps into that spot.
Rabach, 33, spent the past six seasons with the Redskins. He’s been extremely durable, missing only one game since 2004 and starting every contest he’s played in during that time.