Ravens acquire center A.Q. Shipley from Colts

Always looking to create competition for starting jobs, the Ravens deepened the fight to be their starting center this morning.

Baltimore acquired second-year center A.Q. Shipley from the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2014 draft pick. The deal is pending a physical.

Shipley is a a 6-foot-1, 309-pound lineman who played in 14 games and made five starts for the Colts last year. He also played on special teams in the Colts’ wild card loss to the Ravens.

Gino Gradkowski has long been the favorite to replace the retired Matt Birk as Baltimore’s center. But now the Ravens’ 2012 fourth-rounder will have to win it.

Shipley was selected by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft out of Penn State. He spent two years on practice squads with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before getting his first real chance with the Colts last year.