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Ravens sign TE Visanthe Shiancoe to one-year deal

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Visanthe Shiancoe is back in purple after signing a one-year deal with the Ravens. (USATSI)
Visanthe Shiancoe is back in purple after signing a one-year deal with the Ravens. (USATSI)

Baltimore didn't wait long.

One day after losing tight end Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury, the Ravens added 10-year veteran Visanthe Shiancoe to the roster. Shiancoe signed a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $940,000.

Shiancoe had visited with the team on Friday.

The 33-year-old tight end played in four games last season for the Patriots, but didn't catch any passes. The most productive seasons of his 10-year career came while he was in Minnesota from 2007-11.

In 2009, Shiancoe caught 56 passes for 566 yards and 11 touchdowns in helping lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship game. Both the receptions and touchdown numbers were career-highs.

Shiancoe will be adding some much-needed tight end depth for the Ravens, but it will be almost impossible for him to replace Pitta's production. The 2009 season was the only year of Shiancoe's career where he caught over 50 passes, Pitta caught 61 for 669 yards last season.

Shiancoe didn't waste any time getting started in Baltimore. The veteran tight end was on the field for Sunday's practice, less than one hour after signing his contract.

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