The Ravens made a personnel move Wednesday in the wake of Dennis Pittas injury, signing veteran tight end Billy Bajema, who spent the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
Bajema, 29, played in every game for the Rams last season and caught nine passes for 71 yards, but was not re-signed.
To make room for Bajema on the roster, the Ravens cut John Brantley, an undrafted rookie free agent quarterback from Florida.
With Pitta sidelined, Bajema immediately becomes the Ravens most experienced tight end other than starter Ed Dickson. The only other tight ends on the roster are Davon Drew, the teams 2009 fifth-round pick, and undrafted rookies Bruce Figgins and Matt Balasavage. None of the other three have ever caught an NFL pass.
After entering the league as the seventh-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, Bajema spent four years with the Niners before joining the Rams for the past three years. He has 38 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns in his career.
Although Pitta will re-assume his prominent spot in the tight end rotation as soon as his broken right hand is healed, the Ravens did keep three tight ends in 2011, with Kris Wilson backing up Dickson and Pitta. Bajema presumably will battle Drew for that No. 3 spot this year.
With Brantley gone, the Ravens have four quarterbacks on the roster: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, Curtis Painter and rookie Chester Stewart.