Boller era in Baltimore may be over

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Quarterback Kyle Boller joined the Baltimore Ravens five years ago as a strong-armed, first-round draft pick with the potential to become the face of the franchise.

But on Wednesday, Boller exited the team as a battered QB with a bum shoulder and bruised confidence.

The Ravens put Boller on injured reserve Wednesday because of a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. He is in the final year of his contract, so this move likely signals the end of the his time in Baltimore.

Boller's career was unsuccessful with the Ravens for a variety of reasons.

Boller has always had trouble reading defenses and taking care of the football -- even as recently as this preseason. He also has never had the best of talent around him to succeed on offense and perhaps was thrown onto the field too early.

The Ravens' new regime, led by rookie head coach John Harbaugh, is more than prepared to move on with first-round pick Joe Flacco and second-year quarterback Troy Smith. The team also signed veteran Todd Bouman this week.

Boller briefly tried treatment for his shoulder injury but is making the right call to have surgery. If he stayed on the roster, he would have been an ailing backup, and he doesn't want to hit the free-agent market with a lingering injury, which could hurt his chances of landing with another team in 2009.