Ravens trade for Colts center A.Q. Shipley


When the Ravens re-signed Bryant McKinnie last week, it made their offensive line better in three postitions. With McKinnie staying put in Baltimore with his new two-year contract, the only unknown on the offensive line heading into OTA’s, mini-camp and training camp is who will win the starting center spot vacated by Matt Birk, who retired after 15 seasons and six Pro Bowl appearances.

Heading into camp, the favorite to win the job is Gino Gradkowski, a fourth-round selection in 2012 who backed up Birk and started and played well Week 17 against a talented Cincinatti Bengals defensive line. Gradkowski’s main competition was thought to be just-drafted Ryan Jensen, a G/T in college at Colorado State-Pueblo, who would would be making the transition over to center.

Apparently more competition will be heading into camp as the Ravens have traded a conditional 2014 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for center A.Q. Shipley, according to CBS’s Jason LaCanfora. Shipley started five games for the Colts last season and appeared in 14 total games.

The move has already drawn praise from stat nerds ProFootballFocus who graded him out at +6.9 last season. The site that studies more statistics than most common football fans have even heard of said that he was a possible Secret Superstar for the Colts. 

With Gradkowski, and now the addition of Shipley, the Ravens now have two Pittsburgh-area natives as centers on their roster. That has to make family reunions a little awkward.

So what do you think, Ravens fans – is this a good “pick” up?

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13 Raves on “Ravens trade for Colts center A.Q. Shipley

  1. John on said:

    Makes me wonder if Gradowski really was as far along as they say however can’t fault the Ravens for brining in a veteran presence with our previous two centers only having 1 NFL game between them…. Good move as long as it only cost us a 6th or 7th rounder, they will be getting 4 compesatory picks again next year anyway.

  2. purple reign on said:

    It better not be more than a conditional 7th rounder. Although we should have four compensatory picks next year.

  3. Tgun42 on said:

    Love the pick up. That will give us some more interior line depth and also provide comp. at every position. Harbs loves that. This guy gets good praise from all of his former coaches. I still would like to see Geno bulk up another 15 lbs of muscle before I can really trust him. But whoever starts at center will have to big ol guards on both sides with pro bowl potential.

  4. Ravcolt on said:

    Any pick up to fortify the O-Line is a plus. However, the Ravens failure to draft a NFL-caliber center or left tackle in their last three drafts is coming back to haunt them. They are giving up a future 2014 pick for a former seventh round, back up center. It should be the other way around.

    • Josh on said:

      Coming back to haunt them? We’ve made the postseason the last five years, not to mention winning another Lombardi Trophy in ’12. Oh, and we drafted a center last year (Gino) and this year (Jensen). If we only surrender a 7th round selection for Shipley, what have we really lost? Competition breeds success in football, and Gino could turn out to be a better player because of it. Shipley, too.

  5. Rants N Ravens on said:

    Ozzie and Coach always want more competition, which is exactly what this low-cost (both trade-wise and salary cap-wise) move is.

  6. Boldin Raver on said:

    While the rest of the sports media maintain their wierd fascination with 2nd-year quaterbacks, especially Kaepernick (nice enough dude, but It’s getting so I have to fight the urge to puke whenever the superlative spout-off commences) the Ravens are quietly building the best O&D-Lines in football – Getting Spears, Canty, drafting Williams on D; signing McKinnie, now Shipley, and drafting Jensen, Wagner on O (and some of the UDFAs look beastly). I’ll go with the chances of getting back to the Super Bowl by making winning in the trenches a priority over a young QB that Makes Phil Simms have to loosen his tie. … Is it just me, or does it seem like our probable second stringers would make for above center mass NFL lines?

  7. darren on said:

    hes a rough house out of penn state….he did get some experience last year….hes got good size …im happy about the added competition

  8. Boldin Raver on said:

    Oh yeah, how big is this guy Shipley, anyway? I’m wondering how many times I could bench press that booger he’s digging.

  9. purpleneons on said:

    Man I am telling you…..if only half of the moves ozzie has made this offseason pan out, this team will be right in the thick of it again. Executive of the Year.

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