Marc Bulger's retirement hurts Ravens

The offseason favorite to land the backup quarterback job with the Baltimore Ravens this summer was Marc Bulger. He held the spot last year, enjoyed his time with the Ravens and didn't appear interested in competing elsewhere for a starting job.

But Bulger retired Wednesday after an 11-year career, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Bulger thanked his former teammates and says he's going to focus on his charity work.

This leaves Baltimore empty-handed in its search for a No. 2 quarterback. Joe Flacco is the starter and rookie sixth-round draft pick Tyrod Taylor is second on the depth chart.

The Ravens like Taylor. But realistically, Baltimore is trying to make a Super Bowl run this season and needs veteran insurance in the event Flacco is injured for several games.