Baltimore Ravens: Top 15 free agent signings of all-time

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Shannon Sharpe, Baltimore Ravens
Shannon Sharpe, Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

26. . TE. (2000-01). Shannon Sharpe. 3. player

The 2000 Ravens were not known for their offense, but they do have the longest offensive play in the history of the NFL postseason. In the AFC Championship game, Shannon Sharpe took a slant route for a 97-yard touchdown.

Sharpe was a legitimate weapon for an offense that needed all the help they could get. He came to Baltimore after establishing himself as an NFL legend with his previous 10 seasons with the Denver Broncos.

The Ravens won a Super Bowl without star receivers and Trent Dilfer as their quarterback. The defense might have carried the team, but without Sharpe, Super Bowl XXXV may have never happened. Sharpe only played with the Ravens for two seasons, but his impact on the team cannot be overstated.

He was one of the best go to targets in team history. In his two seasons in Baltimore, he had 16 games with five or more receptions. His importance to the team was off the charts. He may not have had his best statistical seasons in Baltimore, but the numbers he put up counted for a lot.

Sharpe ended up being inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Ravens Flock got a great understanding of his Hall of Fame credentials. Sharpe was a fan favorite because of his larger than life personality.

He remains one of the most popular players the Ravens ever had. The Ravens have had some great tight ends. There has been Todd Heap, there has been Dennis Pitta, but no Ravens’ tight end has ever been more talented than Sharpe.