This will most likely cause Ravens fans in the Charm City and around the world to explode, but the team’s 2003 first-round pick, Kyle Boller, is working out for Baltimore Thursday, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network and NFL.com.
Fellow free agent quarterback and former Pittsburgh Steelers’ backup Dennis Dixon is also working out for the team, as is former Indianapolis Colts backup Curtis Painter.
In the Ravens’ search for a veteran backup quarterback, Boller’s name will get the most attention and publicity. After all, he was given the keys to the franchise as a rookie, but he fumbled his opportunity away (no pun intended), winning just 20 of 42 starts over five seasons among one inconsistent performance followed by another.
In 2006, Boller was moved to the bench when the Ravens acquired Steve McNair from the Tennessee Titans. An injury to McNair opened the door for Boller during the 2007 season, but following a 5-11 season, the Ravens fired head coach Brian Billick and selected Joe Flacco in the first round of the 2008 draft.
The selection of Flacco combined with an injury Boller sustained during training camp in 2008, sealed his fate with the Ravens.
Following his departure from Baltimore, Boller has appeared in 26 games for two other teams. In 2009, Boller signed with the St. Louis Rams to backup another former Raven, Marc Bulger, and started four games.
He then signed with the Oakland Raiders, where he has played the last two seasons, playing in 14 games while starting just one.
For his career, Boller has complied 8,931 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 54 interceptions in 67 games (47 starts).
In any case, Flacco is set to begin his fifth season as the team’s starter and the Ravens appear to be high on backup, Tyrod Taylor.