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Ravens trade for A.Q. Shipley

A.Q. Shipley AP

With Matt Birk retiring, the Ravens have a hole to fill at center in 2013.

The assumption has been that 2012 fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski will be the man snapping the ball to Joe Flacco. That may prove to be the case, but he got a little competition for the job on Thursday.

The Colts and Ravens have announced a trade sending center A.Q. Shipley to Baltimore in exchange for a 2014 conditional draft pick. The conditions for that pick have not been revealed.

Shipley was a seventh-round pick of the Steelers in 2009 and spent time on practice squads in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before landing on the Colts’ active roster last year. He started five games and graded out fairly well over the course of the 476 snaps he played on offense. The Colts have Samson Satele in their starting lineup and they drafted Khaled Holmes out of USC in the fourth round last month, giving them the freedom to deal Shipley without hurting their depth too much.

The Ravens have already called Shipley a contender for the starting job, but, at worst, he’ll upgrade the depth on the line in Baltimore. The Ravens know how important that is after watching Bryant McKinnie step into the lineup and play well during the playoffs last season.

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35 Responses to “Ravens trade for A.Q. Shipley”
  1. gochargersgo says: May 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    Que the Ravens fanatics: “OMFG the Wizard of Oz strikes again! ROFLZ @ all you other teams who wish your GM could make moves like this one lolol!!!”

  2. hardate says: May 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    He and I got after it a good bit last year at the game in Jacksonville. Sucks he got traded, was looking forward to jawing with him again.

  3. Joemontanaflacco says: May 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    Brilliant move! Ozzie is a genius! Bravo!

  4. wisdomnfl says: May 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    smart intense player, nice pickup. Was known as “T Rex” because of his large girth but short arms.

  5. killxswitch says: May 9, 2013 10:30 AM

    Stupid move by the Colts. Shipley was clearly better than Satele last year.

    If a good talent evaluator like Ozzie Newsome wants your player, MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T TRADE HIM AWAY.

    I hope that rookie Holmes shows something. Satele is not a good center and is overpaid.

  6. gochargersgo says: May 9, 2013 10:31 AM

    And I am fully aware that the Chargers have won 0 superbowls and just suck in general. Doesn’t make my opinion any more or less valid.

  7. ahostiletakeover says: May 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    Ok, I’ll take a page from gochargersgo: Que the trolls from 31 other teams who ensure that the first comments on any Ravens related article is some hate spouting diatribe. I guess when you’re a Chargers fan all you can look forward to is trashing whoever the current defending champs are since San Diego has no idea what it feels like to be a consistent winner.

  8. logicailvoicesays says: May 9, 2013 10:49 AM

    Maryland’s second team picks up a castoff backup center to compete with a 4th round draft pick to become their starter. No wonder they are the number two team in Maryland and that they can’t beat the Redskins.

  9. joeraytorrey says: May 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    Actually it does make your opinion less valid because you don’t know how a real football team operates!

  10. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: May 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    Good for him. I remember the only disparaging remark about him was his short arms?? Glad he’s getting a chance to shine.

  11. gochargersgo says: May 9, 2013 11:15 AM

    joeraytorrey says: May 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    “Actually it does make your opinion less valid because you don’t know how a real football team operates!”

    So because your favorite team is successful, you have knowledge of what it takes to run a football team? Can you also perform surgery after watching re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy? Or did you just stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

  12. therealpittbull says: May 9, 2013 11:21 AM

    I love the collusion that goes on between the Ravens, 49ers, and Colts. I wonder if other teams would get the same trade results and offers, such as “giving” away a pro bowl receiver for a 6th round pick to your brother, trading for a starting center, all for a conditional pick, and the colts dropping payroll in getting rid of Shipley. This wasn’t Ozzie striking great deals, but more the inside trading of cheats.

  13. bilnicki62 says: May 9, 2013 11:28 AM

    “He and I got after it a good bit last year at the game in Jacksonville. Sucks he got traded, was looking forward to jawing with him again.”

    Is this english?

  14. getyourownname says: May 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    He played for coach Juan Castilo in Philly, so there must be some inside comfort level with his skills.

    Don’t know if this particular guy will help, but in general, it’s the cumulative effect of numerous little, less-hyped, moves like this that help separate good teams from the not so good, not splashy one-player signings. No one paid attention last year to signing of Corey Graham, and that turned out to be a significant addition.

  15. flavadave10 says: May 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    For what it’s worth, Pro Football Focus likes him a lot.

  16. zeedoubleyou says: May 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    Bummed to see Shipley go as a Colts fan but trust what Grigson sees in Holmes enough to be excited as the prospect of a draft pick.

    @the realpittbull

    That trade was all about leverage. The Ravens were up against the cap and were going to cut Boldin unless he took a paycut. BAL got a pick for a guy they would have otherwise cut, SF got a solid WR they can afford, and Boldin got to keep his $6 million salary. Win-win-win.

    Shipley was not a starter but in a three-way competition for the job in Indy. The Colts didn’t get salary cap relief from a guy making the minimum; they traded from a place of depth and received an asset in return.

  17. mswravens says: May 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    @gochargersgo – props for the funniest post in the string, but what my fellow Ravens fan should have said is that you don’t know how a “successful” team operates…and while none of us is qualified to run an NFL team, I would take issue with your analogy. We can all render opinions, informed or otherwise, on how to run an NFL team…I doubt very many people on this board could offer opinions on the proper surgical approach for a nissen fundoplication, for example. Even if we did stay at the local Holiday Inn Express last night!

    So bask in your jealousy…at least you have the natural beauty of San Diego to salve your pain as another wasted season passes and you aim your jealous rage at the successful teams in this league…unless you prefer to just be a bratty crybaby like your QB…

  18. ravensdominate says: May 9, 2013 11:45 AM

    Can someone get me whatever drug logical voice is on? It sounds awesome to be able to live in my own made up reality. Seriously dude can you get me your number???

  19. guitarkevin says: May 9, 2013 12:07 PM

    Chargers = Pretenders
    Redskins = Wannabees

  20. jtbsteeler says: May 9, 2013 12:07 PM

    Once again Ozzie and this second rate FO is bringing in other teams players to offset his pathetic drafts. I’ve been saying this for years. Boldin, Mason, Foxworth, Leach, Mckinnie, Pollard etc.

  21. eleventyeight says: May 9, 2013 12:11 PM

    The Steelers had him in camp a couple years ago. I think he might have even been on the PS the same year.

    He’s a hard worker, very smart, blocks like a wrestler(which i think he was at one point) and was said to have top 10 draft qualities except that his “arms barely extend past his massive chest”.

    I’m glad to see he stuck with it and is having success. And as much as it pains this Steelers fan to admit, the Ravens have become a quality outfit.

    *I still despise them during regular/post season play- for the record.

  22. theuglitruth says: May 9, 2013 12:27 PM

    Sounds like Ozzie is admitting to wasting a 4th round draft pick.

  23. ravensdominate says: May 9, 2013 12:42 PM

    Jbsteeler, pretty sure we just won the Super Bowl

  24. mastermind2514 says: May 9, 2013 12:55 PM

    Holmes will be much better than Satele and Shipley
    He actually was nominated for male athlete of the year by SI. You do not need 3 centers period!! This was a good trade for both teams..

  25. rantsravens says: May 9, 2013 1:07 PM

    Hey jtbsteeler,

    Any of the draft picks I listed above help the Ravens get to and win the Super Bowl this year? Yeah, thought so…

    Hate on HATERS!
    #RavensRule

  26. Joemontanaflacco says: May 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    Shipley grew up in Pittsburgh and now he’s a Raven. Perfect example of how a smart player figures out which team has a winning attitude and which one will spend 2014 making a lot of lame excuses for another dismal season. Welcome to Baltimore, aka Championship City!

  27. rockthered1286 says: May 9, 2013 1:33 PM

    @jtbsteeler
    Webb, Ngata, Suggs, Flacco, Rice, Torrey, Pitta, Yanda, Grubbs, Ellerbe, Kruger. All top tier players drafted by Baltimore in the last 5 years. What exactly have your Steelers done successfully in the draft since then??

  28. Joemontanaflacco says: May 9, 2013 1:36 PM

    They finally signed that punter.

  29. naanunaanu says: May 9, 2013 1:45 PM

    mswravens says:
    May 9, 2013 11:44 AM
    @gochargersgo – props for the funniest post in the string, but what my fellow Ravens fan should have said is that you don’t know how a “successful” team operates…and while none of us is qualified to run an NFL team, I would take issue with your analogy. We can all render opinions, informed or otherwise, on how to run an NFL team…I doubt very many people on this board could offer opinions on the proper surgical approach for a nissen fundoplication, for example. Even if we did stay at the local Holiday Inn Express last night!

    So bask in your jealousy…at least you have the natural beauty of San Diego to salve your pain as another wasted season passes and you aim your jealous rage at the successful teams in this league…unless you prefer to just be a bratty crybaby like your QB…

    Did we just become best friends ? Awesome rebuttal

  30. jtbsteeler says: May 9, 2013 3:05 PM

    RantsRavens,

    “Any of the draft picks I listed above help the Ravens get to and win the Super Bowl this year? Yeah, thought so”

    How about Boldin? You didn’t draft him… How about Jacoby Jones? You didn’t draft him… BOOM!

  31. hovadagod says: May 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    The skins havent won a ring since the earily 90’s so who care what yall say bout the ravens. We got 2 rings and yall were around for what 40 years before us hate on district of coloumbia

  32. lovefootball4life says: May 9, 2013 4:40 PM

    jtbsteeler, listing two FA pick ups doesn’t warrant a BOOM. There are about twice as many draftees who had a hand in last years run too including the NFL record setting, super bowl MVP, Joe Flacco.

    I’m not bothering to check but I’m guessing there were FAs on the Steelers roster the last time they one the big one too.

  33. wisdomnfl says: May 9, 2013 6:37 PM

    T Rex couldn’t make the Steelers practice squad. Ravens going down down down down – goodbye – enjoy your Super Bowl because you are going nowhere this year.

  34. Joemontanaflacco says: May 9, 2013 9:45 PM

    T Rex couldn’t make the Steelers practice squad? Then why are all the Pittsburgh starters a bunch of dinosaurs?

    Enjoy 4th place and your beloved QB, (Has) Ben Roethlisbooger!

  35. lovefootball4life says: May 10, 2013 11:22 AM

    Gino probably starts but if he gets hurt at all his backup is this year’s 6th round rookie. This adds depth and competition for Gino’s backup.

    You gotta love it when a team is so solid they are adding players to increase competition for backup jobs at Center!

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