Baltimore Ravens Need to Shy Away From Talks With LB Daryl Smith

By Jermaine Lockett
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With all of the cap room that the Baltimore Ravens now have, they are starting to look at re-signing a few key players who will become free agents come March 11. While signing players like Dennis Pitta, Eugene Monroe and possibly Jacoby Jones sound great, to sign back 31-year-old Daryl Smith would be a mistake. The Ravens have depth at the position and need to shy away from talks with Smith.

Now I am not dismissing the production Smith had last year, because the guy was on point. He had 123 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. This is all more the reason I say to send the guy on his way. With that type of production, Smith’s agent is going to want top dollar for the 12-year veteran. While paying a 28-year-old MLB with those types of numbers seems feasible, paying a 31-year-old with short shelf life left does not.

Let the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans overpay for him. I harp on his age because with age comes injuries. The MLB missed all but two games of the 2012 NFL season with a groin injury. Before that, Smith never even reached 123 tackles in his career.

The main reason why I think he should not be re-signed is because in last year’s draft, the Ravens picked up an athletic freak in the second round in Arthur Brown; with the re-signing of Smith, Brown will be buried on the depth chart behind Smith and Jameel McClain once again. There is plenty of depth in the position and there is no need to take up any more cap space when the money could be going to fill other needs.

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