Steve Smith tasted free agency for the first time in his 13-year career and lasted just over 24 hours on the open market.
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After spending Friday in Baltimore, the greatest player in Carolina Panthers' history signed a three-year contract with the Ravens worth up to $12 million, a source informed of the team's actions has told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal comes with a $3.5 million signing bonus.
The Ravens subsequently announced the move.
"I love the coach. I like the offensive scheme," Smith said, after signing. "There is a lot of familiarity in some regards. But then also have a fresh new perspective. Everything seemed to jell."
We don't buy into the sentiment that the one player with perhaps the biggest chip on his shoulder over the past decade suddenly will start playing with an even more furious vengeance. It is realistic to believe, however, that Smith will benefit from playing with Joe Flacco, who gives his receivers more chances to make plays at the point of the catch.
Smith has professed a preference for playing more snaps out of the slot, which is where he's likely headed with Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown on the outside and Dennis Pitta as the "move" tight end.
The Ravens can rest assured that Torrey Smith has graduated to the dangerous playmaker role, allowing the elder Smith to take over the possession-receiver job more suited to his diminished speed and leaping ability.