ORLANDO, Fla. — At one point during the annual NFL owners meetings Monday, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was on his way to a meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes when he bumped into agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Among Rosenhaus’ clients is Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed in 2011.
Bisciotti didn’t have long to talk. But when Rosenhaus told Bisciotti that he plans to speak to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome and vice president of football administration Pat Moriarity at some point this week in Orlando about Smith’s contract situation, Bisciotti said to Rosenhaus, “We’ve got to get that done.”
Bisciotti told RSR Monday that he hopes to have Smith signed to a long-term contract extension by the time the NFL draft starts in early May, and he is optimistic a deal can get worked out by that point.
“Drew’s a good guy,” Bisciotti said. “We’ve had a lot of success with Drew, and I’m really encouraged.
“Torrey is a Raven. We’re going to work that out, and I would, really, really would like to see that.”
As it stands now, Smith is set to make $837,168 this season, according to RSR’s Brian McFarland. That’s less than 15 other players on the team.
“He’s scheduled to make very little money relative to his accomplishments in his fourth year of a second-round rookie deal, so we can give him a really good deal and not impact our salary cap negatively,” Bisciotti said. “So nothing would make me happier if before the draft [that can be worked out].
“That would be it. If I can get Torrey signed to a long-term deal, then we can go into that draft and take the best available players no matter where they are.”