Ravens sign Curtis Painter

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The Ravens held a backup quarterback derby on Thursday and the winner was Curtis Painter.

Painter, Kyle Boller and Dennis Dixon all worked out for the team and the Ravens announced Thursday afternoon that they have signed Painter to a one-year deal. When it was announced Boller would be working out for the team that made him a 2003 first round pick, many wondered if history would (should?) stop him from getting the job. As it turns out, they were looking at the wrong history.

Painter started eight games for the Colts last season and their head coach at the time was Jim Caldwell. Caldwell is now the quarterbacks coach for the Ravens and his familiarity with Painter might have helped make the deal happen. It could have simply been a better workout, of course, but it was likely something other than Painter’s 0-8 run as the Colts’ quarterback last season.

Painter probably isn’t guaranteed a spot on the final roster. The Ravens have carried just two quarterbacks the last couple of seasons and Tyrod Taylor will still have the inside track on the backup job this summer.

51 responses to “Ravens sign Curtis Painter

  1. Curtis Painter probably has good skills and he’s probably a good practice player. But anyone who has seen him play in games, when the lights are on and the bullets are flying, knows immediately that he’s not an NFL Quarterback.

  2. The begining of the end for Baltimore.

    Curtis Painter destroyed the Colts. If he wins 1 game with the Colts then the Colts don’t have the 1st pick and Keeps Peyton on the roster.

    Curtis Painter got Peyton Manning fired. Nice legacy you no talent idiot. Jim Caldwell must owe you big time..

  3. Why in the world would you sign him of all people??? Do you think because he was on the team with Peyton Manning that he has some secret formula or something? Wow!!!! At least that should provide a better reading and take people’s minds off of rumours that Payton is considering coaching at Arkansas…lol!!!

  4. Flacco and Painter???

    Ravens need to stop being greedy and let some other teams get some elite QBs.

    (I kid, I kid. I know Flacco was a dropped Evans pass away from the SB. Calm down)

  5. they got him as the #3 qb. they also had boller , and dixon try out. i personally would of had kept dixon.i pray flacko and taylor don’t get hurt or it will be a long season.

  6. You guys all do know he’s coming in to be the 3rd string. No one besides religious fanatics care about a 3rd string quarterback.

  7. More ridiculous display of hair: Painter’s head or Flacco’s uni-brow?

    Vegas says push.

  8. Seriously. Tyrod Taylor is the backup. They need 4 qb’s for camp. That’s it. He won’t be on the team.

  9. Hey, he did his job, he tanked the season for that #1 pick. Paid well to do it too. Irsay got what he wanted, Peyton got what he wanted and now everybody loves everybody again. It’s entertainment NFL style. I’ve seen too much, no flags, too many flags, dropped passes, oops passes, missed chip shots, wide open interceptions they can make it what they want it to be. It’s Entertainment NFL Tonight produced and directed by Roger Goodell with a cast of thousands. More entertaining than the Hardashians, more drama than Law n Order, more comedy than Saturday Night Live and more intense than Top Gun. Starring MAnning Brothers, T Brady, D Brees, A Smith, S Holmes Phillip Rivers and more. Pop the corn, break out the brew, grill the ribs, it the NFL

  10. Come to think of it, everybody’s been griping about Flacco, maybe this is where he gets “hurt” and HAS to miss the year, painter comes I’n, Ravens go 2-14 and they get the number 1 and they take next years top dog. I can’t recall his name right now. Why not? It worked for Indy, Denver, Irsay, Peyton, the Jets AND TEBOW. Man, what a plot! Go for it Goodell. Saints would love it. 

  11. @kodakinvegas

    “Ravens go 2-14 and they get the number 1 pick”


    With the first pick in the 2013 draft the Baltimore Ravens select – Matt Barkley QB USC

  12. I was thinking Matt Barkley. Sorry for the delay. But still, Barkley for Flacco, all it takes is 14 losses and Painters the man for the job. Ravens would be butt ugly BAD with Barkley behind center. Get some Baltimore. !

  13. This says less about Painter and more about Boller and Dixon. Time to hang it up, fellas. Yeesh.

  14. Corvusrex96. —- you know I was only goofing off picking on Goodell. Payton, Saints Indy and crowd. Sometimes we just gotta lighten up ya know but, the black birds would be bad a$$Ed with a guy like Barkley. They surely got the defense. I think they just need a little more passing game and BINGO. Anyway, you have a good one man

  15. thedonnilhama says:

    The begining of the end for Baltimore.

    Curtis Painter destroyed the Colts. If he wins 1 game with the Colts then the Colts don’t have the 1st pick and Keeps Peyton on the roster.

    Curtis Painter got Peyton Manning fired. Nice legacy you no talent idiot. Jim Caldwell must owe you big time..

    Is this a joke post, or are you off your meds?

  16. Anyone who thinks this defense would allow the Ravens to go 2-14 with Taylor or Painter at the helm is afflicted. Unlike Indy, not every team dies if you cut off the head.

  17. Relax. It just QB depth. And very little I may add. But its another ARM in camp and its someone to run a scout team. I would have rather had Dixon because I think he has more talent and options with him. But the Ravens didn’t ask my assessment first!

  18. @bunkmcnulty …

    I like Dixon and he’s more athletic than Painter if you’re looking for a scrambler, but Painter’s a better overall QB. He was scapegoated in Indy. If he makes the team, I doubt he’ll spend much time on the field. But as dawhorsefeathers said, the Ravens wouldn’t lay down and die because their starting QB couldn’t play, anymore than the Steelers did when Ben was suspended. Whatever happened in Indy, it wasn’t on Painter.

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