The Ravens have made a couple of moves to round out their inside linebacking corps since the departures of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe, but there were snags with each one.
Rolando McClain was signed after his release in Oakland, got arrested again and announced his retirement from football in order to focus on getting his personal house in order. Arthur Brown was drafted in the second round, but will be out until training camp after sports hernia surgery.
With Jameel McClain coming off a spinal cord contusion that sidelined him 2012, it’s not all that surprising to learn that the Ravens are still sniffing around for more assistance at the position. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the team has interest in former Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith and that Smith is interested in joining the defending Super Bowl champions.
Smith joined the Jaguars as a second-round pick in 2004 and missed just four games in his first eight seasons before being sidelined for the first 14 games of last season with a groin injury. The timing of the injury was terrible for Smith, who turned 31 in March, and is likely the biggest reason why he’s still unemployed in June after nearly a decade of solid play in Jacksonville.
That works out well for the Ravens, who could add Smith as insurance against Brown not being healthy and/or ready without spending much money or taking a risk like the one they took on Rolando McClain.