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Ravens sign Ryan Mallett with an eye on the future

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The Ravens' big-name backup carousel rolled on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, the team announced they signed quarterback Ryan Mallett. It's a deal that could be worth up to $2.5 million in 2016, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal includes a $1.5 million base salary and up to $1 million in incentives, per Rapoport. Mallett will join a roster that currently has Jimmy Clausen at the wheel. Matt Schaub and Bryn Renner are also vying for playing time over the final stretch.

This seems like a move for the future in Baltimore. Schaub clearly isn't the answer behind Joe Flacco and the Ravens likely want to make their own evaluation on Mallett, who went from Texans starter to unemployed after he overslept and missed a team flight.

Mallett was good enough to back up Tom Brady for years, and attentive enough to appease Bill Belichick, so there must be something to like about the 6-foot-6 passer. Mallett has a cannon for an arm and, perhaps under the direction of quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman, he finds direction.

If nothing else, we might just get a chance to see one more Mallett fastball in 2015. A holiday wish everyone can appreciate.

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