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Shipley added to the mix at center for the Baltimore Ravens

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

The Baltimore Ravens have been looking for a new center since Matt Birk retired.

AQ Shipley

Birk, who played for the Ravens for the past four seasons, retired in February. Since that time, the Ravens were planning to give Gino Gradkowski and Ryan Jensen a shot at center.

Earlier today, the Ravens have added another name to the mix, as they acquired center A.Q. Shipley from the Indianapolis Colts. In exchange for Shipley, the Colts will receive a conditional 2014 draft pick.

Shipley will officially become a Raven once he passes his physical.

He started five games and played in 14 games with the Colts last season. Last season was the first time that he actually made an NFL roster.

Shipley had previously been on the practice squad in 2009 and 2010. He was with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.

Gradkowski was a fourth-round pick last year, while Jensen was a sixth round pick in last year’s draft. Gradkowski, Jensen, and Shipley are expected to compete for the starting job.

These three will battle it out in training camp, with the winner being named the starting center for the reigning Super Bowl champions.

Shipley became available after the Colts drafted Khaled Holmes in last month’s NFL draft. Holmes was drafted in the fourth round by the Colts.

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