Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 4/20/12

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 27: Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
In what may seem like a puzzling move, the Ravens just signed Curtis Painter to a 1-year contract as a backup QB on a roster where Tyrod Taylor is already and clearly the QB#2 behind Joe Flacco.  Or is he...?Curtis Painter...6-4, 230, 4th year out of Purdue, drafted in 2009 by the Colts in the 6th round...signed for approx. $600,000 with a $90,000 guarantee..over his career with the Colts he completed 140 of 271 passes for 1624 yards with 6 TD's and 11 INT's...On the surface it looks like a backup to a backup plan...Painter and his arm as training camp fodder....with no one expecting the Ravens to carry a third QB on the active roster...and if Flacco goes down, Painter will know the system and will probably be sitting on his couch waiting for the call to back up Tyrod Taylor. He will hold a clip board on the sidelines until Flacco gets better and then he will go back to his couch. Fortunately for Painter, every contract carries some financial incentive. I am sure he was guaranteed $...
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