AFC North: Ravens Bolster Receiver Depth with signing of Brandon Stokley

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Nov 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley (14) pulls in a thirty one yard pass from quarterback Peyton Manning (not pictured) during the second quarter of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are in desperate need of any kind of receiving threat. They’ve lost Anquan Boldin & Dennis Pitta for good, and a number of other receiving threats are no the mend with injuries.

According to USA TODAY Sports, the Ravens have signed free agent wide receiver Brandon Stokley to a contract. Stokley reportedly agreed to a one-year contract and traveled from his home in Denver to Baltimore Saturday night to join the team.

Stokley originally entered the NFL when the Ravens made him their fourth-round draft pick in 1999 back to the organization.

Ironically, Stokley returns to the franchise who helped lead to their first Super Bowl titlee. He caught three passes for 52 yards and a 38-yard touchdown pass to help lead the Ravens to their first Super Bowl victory in a 34-7 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

Last season with the Denver Broncos, Stokley caught 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns.

It’s unlikely the 13-year NFL pro will make his preseason debut this week, given his age and need to take in the Ravens playbook. He’ll be competing with Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Deonte Thompson for playing time at WR.