Only minutes after my post about the Ravens off season gains and losses and wondering what the Ravens would do at MLB, comes the breaking news that the Ravens have indeed signed the veteran MLB to a 4 year deal.
Smith was dumped by the Jaguars last off season and as Ozzie Newsome has proven time and time again, he made the shrewd move to pick up the team leader on a 1 year deal for almost $1 million. For a team that saw the loss of the legendary #52, Smith came in and didn’t skip a beat. He led the team in tackles, proved to be an asset in pass coverage, and gave the middle of the linebacking crew a stable presence.
His four year deal is worth $16.1 million and though Smith is 32 he should still have a few good years left in him. I think this is a fantastic signing and the Ravens seem to be systematically bringing back the most important players (LT Eugene Monroe, WR Jacoby Jones, and TE Dennis Pitta) on the field in and effort to regain the title of AFC North Champion and to get back to the playoffs.
On a side note, could this be the best birthday present ever? Smith turned 32 today and gets to unwrap a multi-million dollar contract. Happy birthday to him!