Gino Gradkowski grew up following his hometown
An example: "I'm elated right now because Baltimore plays football the way it's meant to be played."
And another: "I was hoping that Baltimore would be one of the places that I would end up."
And one more for the road: “I’m really excited to meet [veteran center
He may still have a slight hint of a Pittsburgh accent, but Gradkowski should fit in just fine in Baltimore, according to the coaching staff. Ravens coach
The 6-foot-2, 295-pound lineman played both center and guard at Delaware, which is where he landed after transferring from West Virginia amid a regime change.
The Ravens plan to let Gradkowski, the brother of
But they have also indicated that they would like to eventually move him to center whenever Matt Birk, who signed a three-year contract this offseason, retires. In that scenario, a former Delaware center would be snapping the ball to a former Delaware quarterback.
"Gino Gradkowski, a center from Delaware. Who would have thought? We were going to bring Joe [Flacco] some more weapons, and we got him a Delaware center," Harbaugh said Saturday. "Joe is excited about that. … Obviously, [Gino] comes with a football family in Pittsburgh. So he is thrilled to be in Baltimore he said."