Ravens Sign Steve Smith to Three-Year Deal

smithbench

The Ravens have reached an agreement on a three-year contract with veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. The deal has been confirmed by an NFL source Friday, and was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

It was the culmination of a huge day for the Ravens, who persuaded Smith to visit Thursday night, then signed him just one day the Panthers released him. Smith was considering visiting other teams, but the Ravens persuaded him to sign before he ever left town.

Smith is the Panthers’ all-time leading receiver, and became a franchise icon during his 13 seasons with Carolina. He turns 35 years old in May, and is coming off his least productive season (64 catches, 745 yards, four touchdowns) since 2010. However, Smith keeps himself in great shape, and should be highly motivated to prove he is still an elite receiver.

RELATED: [Can Ravens' target Steve Smith succeed at age 35?]

The Ravens are a good fit for Smith, because he will not have to carry the load playing with Torrey Smith and tight end Dennis Pitta.  Smith had more catches and yards in 2013 than any Raven except Torrey Smith.  Much like Anquan Boldin, who the Ravens sorely missed in 2013 after he was traded to the 49ers, Smith attacks the football in the air, and excels at making contested catches. He also has the experience and ability to run any route from any offensive formations.

Those traits should benefit quarterback Joe Flacco, who lacked consistent possession receivers last season, particularly after Pitta was injured during training camp. Smith is also a willing downfield blocker, which could make the Ravens’ running game more productive.

Read more at CSNBaltimore.com…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens vs. Browns (Round 1)

Offense 1. Control the Edges The rush end rotation of Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, and Jabaal Sheard were dominant against the New Orleans offensive tackles last week. Kruger in particular had h...read more

Ravens @ Browns Friday Injury Report & Game Status

GAME STATUS   RAVENS Doubtful: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee) Questionable: RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) Probable: QB Joe Flacco (illness); CB Asa Jackson (concussion); CB Lardarius Webb (back...read more

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens @ Browns

After you've chuckled at some of our bold predictions, perhaps even labeling some of "homers", check out some of the odds around the league from our friends at SportsBettingDime.com. Without furthe...read more

Smith Sr. to Receive Stewart B. McKinney Award

With the negative spotlight being on the Ravens over recent weeks (rightly so, unfortunately), it's nice to finally see some positive news regarding one of Baltimore's players. On Thursday, The Na...read more

RAVENS LINKS: Super Bowl Odds

Ravens' Super Bowl odds improve Jamison Hensley reports that with the win over the Steelers, Vegas has changed the Ravens odds significantly of winning the Super Bowl from 66-1 to 40-1. The Bengals...read more

View More