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Daryl Smith to Test Free Agency

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11+ Comments Terry says He's our "mike". ABrown was seen as our "Will". Yeah he's important to retain. Oz will get a long term deal done. We're very thin at LB. Not to mention league
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Daryl Smith was the Ravens’ best inside linebacker last season, which makes him an important piece of the team’s offseason puzzle. He led the Ravens in tackles, was third in sacks, and was second in interceptions. If Smith leaves in free agency, the Ravens will need to replace his production.

Set to become a free agent next month, Smith will command more than the one-year, $1.125 million base salary he agreed to with the Ravens in 2013. After the season, Smith said he wanted to return. But money talks. Smith will draw interest from teams that need help at inside linebacker, with the Broncos and Titans being two of his potential suitors.

Without Smith, the Ravens’ inside linebacker position would become a bigger question mark. Is Arthur Brown ready to contribute significantly more than he did as a rookie? Will Josh Bynes continue to improve, after losing his starting job to Jameel McClain late in the season? Would the Ravens be able to acquire anyone else to challenge McClain, Bynes, and Brown for playing time?

 

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Terry
Terry

He's our "mike". ABrown was seen as our "Will". Yeah he's important to retain. Oz will get a long term deal done. We're very thin at LB. Not to mention league wide it's a devalued position.

KC
KC

Daryl deserves a nice check but I'm hoping his age keeps him in our price range.....

Boldin Raver
Boldin Raver

I think Brown fits the Daryl Smith mold pretty well. He is smart enough to captain, can cover well, adequate at the run, solid, reliable, etc., i.e boring but not in a bad way. Teams need guys like that at their foundations, and that's what Oz wanted and got in Brown .... But, we need a flat out berserker in the other ILB spot. Someone nutz, unpredictable, anger management issues, etc someone who takes all comfort out of opposing offenses. Maybe Skov? Not sure, but wish what you want on offense, but the job of rebuilding the Ravens D is a work in progress.

Hanzelka
Hanzelka

Daryl Smith leaving wouldn't have any affect on who we'd draft. Ozzie always takes who he evaluates to be the best player on the board whether that be Ebron, Clinton-dix, Lee, Kouandjio, Evans, Robinson, or another player.

Reading Comments
Reading Comments

Most people voted Pitta. So did I. Smith and Monroe were very good, but certainly not as good as the local media has been making them out to be. Or the I can't think for myself and agree with the local media fan base.

Cheri
Cheri

I sure hope we don't go defense in the first round again.We need to stop ignoring the offensive side of the ball. Unless we go offense in F/A then it would be ok.. Like everyone else,I voted Monroe and Pitta the 3rd one I chose A.Jones because he is much younger then D.Smith of course Smith would be much easier to sign because of his age.

Northman
Northman

Daryl Smith was our best defensive player last year. I don't think we'll be able to keep him either but I hope we do

BmoreB
BmoreB

*Clarification: FA and draft are deep at WR

BmoreB
BmoreB

I don't see the Ravens retaining Smith as I believe he will be offered by others more than the Ravens are willing to pay. Smith was pretty decent but I think he started to slow down a bit towards the end of the season. Just my opinion obviously but I think we need to roll with Arthur Brown and use what little money is available in keeping Monroe. I saw one mock draft where we're taking a LB out of Alabama in the first round, which I could see if Smith lands somewhere early in FA. As deep as the FA market and upcoming draft are this year, taking a LB in the 1st wouldn't be a shocker or a bad move.

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