Both players spent significant time in Indianapolis with Peyton Manning and, more importantly, with Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
The Clark signing is likely a result of the lack of depth and experience at the tight end position at the moment. Dennis Pitta is sidelined indefinitely, Ed Dickson is still out with a hamstring injury and Visanthe Shiancoe has not impressed so far in training camp or in the first preseason game.
As for Stokley, the Ravens are looking for a reliable receiver who can catch the ball over the middle of the field and convert first downs and in the red zone. The team was disappointed with the performance of Deonte Thompson, Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss in the first preseason contest.
For Stokley, it's a chance to bring his career full-circle after being drafted by the Ravens winning the Super Bowl in 2000.
Both players have already drawn rave reviews from training camp practice, showcasing their abilities to make tough catches in traffic. Quarterback Joe Flacco needs players around him that will find ways to get open and catch the ball if he wants to build off of last year's playoff performance.
It's a smart, low-risk, high-reward move from Ozzie Newsome to bring in both players. Each was productive in limited roles last year, and they could put up even bigger numbers with more playing time in Baltimore.
Meanwhile, there is a glimmer of hope that Pitta might still be a part of the team's plans in 2013. It remains a long-shot, but the Ravens will hold off on placing him on injured reserve for another few weeks while they monitor his progress following surgery. There is now a small chance that he might be able to play at some point in the second half of the season.