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Stewart should serve as Boller backup

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Kordell Stewart agreed to a one-year
contract Wednesday with the Baltimore Ravens, who plan to put the
quarterback to work immediately.

Stewart will receive the league minimum $760,000 to replace the
injured Anthony Wright as the backup to Kyle Boller. Stewart
visited the Ravens' training complex Tuesday and stayed in the
area, hopeful that an agreement could be reached.

The final details were settled early Wednesday evening, Ravens
general manager Ozzie Newsome said. Stewart will participate
Thursday during the final session of a two-day passing camp.

"He will be here (Thursday) and will be on the practice
field," Newsome said. "He stayed over, which was his commitment.
He wanted to be a Raven."

Stewart was hired to back up Boller and aid in the tutelage of
the second-year pro, but there's also a chance that the former
Pittsburgh Steelers' standout will be called upon to play.

"The history of quarterbacks getting injured in this league is
incredible. He is one injury away from starting the first game
against Cleveland," Newsome said. "That's just the nature of our
business. It's good that we can have a person that has a veteran
presence, one who has been in that situation and someone we have a
history with."

Stewart played in eight years with the rival Steelers before
enduring one rocky season in Chicago last year. If nothing else, he
knows the Ravens -- and the Ravens know him.

"He's excited about being on a team he knows well and has
played against. He sees the passion we play with, and that appeals
to him," Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh said
Wednesday afternoon.

"I think he's hungry, and I think he's appreciative of the
opportunity," Cavanaugh said. "We have what we wanted: A quality
veteran backup that can help tutor Kyle and be ready to come off
the bench if we need him."

That was the role that Wright played, but he will be sidelined
until at least October after undergoing shoulder surgery last week.
He was in camp Wednesday but can't resume throwing until September.

"It's been difficult, but I know it's part of the game,"
Wright said. "My focus right now is just getting back and getting
ready to play in October. It's very frustrating, but these things
are going to happen. This is just another obstacle I have to
overcome."

Boller figures he and Stewart will benefit from the
collaboration.

"I used to watch Kordell when he was at Pittsburgh; he's a
veteran," Boller said. "Hopefully he'll be able to help me out
and I'll be able to help him out."

Boller and Stewart were the two lowest-rated starting
quarterbacks in the NFL last year. Boller had a 62.4 rating and
Stewart was at 56.8 before losing the starting job to rookie Rex
Grossman.