According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Baltimore Ravens have signed offensive guard D.J. Fluker. Fluker spent the last two years in Seattle where he started 23 games for the Seahawks. Fluker was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the then San Diego Chargers. Fluker started 15 games for the Chargers during his rookie year and was named to the All-Rookie team. During his four years in San Diego, Fluker started 59 games but was released in 2017.
After being released by the Chargers, Fluker signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants. He played in nine games and started six games at right guard before injuring his toe in Week 11. The Giants placed Fluker on the injured reserve. After his one-year stint in New York, Fluker signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks in 2018. Fluker started nine games for the Seahawks and earned a two-year extension. Fluker started 14 games for the Seahawks in 2019 but was cut in 2020 to save cap space.
The versatile offensive lineman can play both guard and tackle, but Fluker is expected to compete for the starting right guard position. He will fight with last year’s fourth-round pick, Ben Powers, and this year’s third and fourth-round picks, Tyre Phillips and Ben Bredeson.
After signing undrafted free agents on Saturday, the Ravens left a couple of roster spots open. Fluker will take one of those spots. As Brian McFarland of Russell Street Report pointed out, the Ravens do not have to worry about losing compensatory picks in next year’s draft for any signings at this point. Monday, April 27 at 4:00 PM eastern time was the cutoff point for signings that affect the compensatory pick formula.
Baltimore could be making another free agent signing in the coming days. According to Spotrac, the Ravens have approximately $9 million in free cap space.