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Report: Ravens already in contact with Steve Smith

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Steve Smith’s departure from the Panthers doesn’t become official until 4 p.m. ET, which means other teams aren’t supposed to be talking to him yet but that reportedly didn’t stop one team from making sure Smith knows that they’d like to be his next employer.

David Newton of ESPN.com reports that the Ravens have already put in a call to Smith. It’s not surprising as the Ravens were being discussed as a landing spot well before the Panthers made it official that they were moving on without the veteran wideout.

It looks like a solid fit. Smith wouldn’t be the top dog that he was in Carolina, but he would fill a real need alongside Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta as a tough receiver that Joe Flacco could look to on third down. If things worked out perfectly for Baltimore, he’d do much of what Anquan Boldin did during his run with the Ravens and give the team another capable option after struggling to find much that worked well last season.

The Ravens’ inquiry will likely be met with interest from Smith. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports Smith included the Ravens on a list of potential trade partners that also included the Cowboys, Patriots, Buccaneers and Chargers.

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71 Responses to “Report: Ravens already in contact with Steve Smith”
  1. hakunamangata says: Mar 13, 2014 1:07 PM

    See you at 4:15 in Baltimore Steve!

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 13, 2014 1:08 PM

    There’s another football team in Maryland besides the Redskins??? If you watch the news and read the papers, you’d never know! The Ravens might as well be DC United. Enjoy retirement Steve. #MDisRedskinsCountry

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 13, 2014 1:08 PM

    You’re not the Steve Smith from NY? Sorry, can’t afford you.

    – Oz

  4. z06vision says: Mar 13, 2014 1:09 PM

    Getting older and losing players to the Baltimore Pd, let the trend continue.

  5. thepftpoet says: Mar 13, 2014 1:12 PM

    The Ravens aren’t even the best team in the NFL that wears purple.

    Our recieving core blows your team away.

    With rookie pro-bowler Cordarelle Patterson and Super Bowl former all pro Greg Jennings.

    Our offense is more lethal the the Ravens ever will be.

    Enjoy 3rd place in your division.

  6. briansalo1 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:13 PM

    Pittsburgh should sign him, with Sanders and Cotchery (and Burress) being free agents, he would be a great fit.

  7. steelerben says: Mar 13, 2014 1:13 PM

    Tampering? Time to dock draft picks.

  8. si1m says: Mar 13, 2014 1:14 PM

    The Steelers are always interested in players older than 34 but only if they ALSO cost $10 million a year or more. They said no thanks.

  9. whatnojets says: Mar 13, 2014 1:15 PM

    How come the Ravens have his telephone number and I don’t?

  10. ninetysixer says: Mar 13, 2014 1:15 PM

    don’t see how he would get along with Flacco, but hey, Ozzie knows better than I do

  11. chaseutley says: Mar 13, 2014 1:16 PM

    I wonder what kind of numbers Stevonne would have put up if he would have been matched up with a quality passer in his prime.

  12. Tyler says: Mar 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    Why didn’t they just keep Boldin?

  13. drock36 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    Seems like a good fit. Give Ozzie credit, he keeps things moving forward.

  14. seahawkhuskyfan says: Mar 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    Seattle, what about Seattle. Everybody wants a chance to win a ring in the next few years.

  15. kwjsb says: Mar 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    They wanted a Panthers receiver, since Rae Carruth wasn’t available the settled for Steve even though he only punches team mates

    The Raven Way …..

  16. jolink653 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:19 PM

    It would be a pretty good signing for the Ravens because Flacco really missed Boldin last season and Smith, while maybe not as talented at this point, would fit that tough, good hands receiver type of role that was so important to their offense. If they can’t get Rice figured out, they’ll need all the weapons in the passing game that they can get

  17. pittsburghfan71 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:20 PM

    @JumpBallJoe the more targets out there the better your chances of completing each pass

  18. slaugin says: Mar 13, 2014 1:25 PM

    I don’t get the comparison with Bolden. Bolden is a big, physical player that defense fear over the middle. Smith is a small burner that does most his routes downfield

  19. upperdecker19 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:26 PM

    WHAT??!!! The Broncos haven’t signed him yet???? It’s been a couple of hours….they’re overdue.

  20. melikefootball says: Mar 13, 2014 1:27 PM

    I thought Baltimore was better than this. Here is another trouble maker, anger management issues, just what the Ravens don’t need with all there players being arrested lately.

  21. swagger52 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:29 PM

    Great addition to the Ravens.

    Since the beginning of the Ravens, we have only had receivers content to run their routes and to be in the area of where the ball is thrown – with the exception of Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin. However, Derrick and Anquan aren’t a Ray Lewis on Offense. Somebody needs to remind those receivers their job is to catch the ball, not to just be in the area. Steve Smith will help coach those receivers – which is badly needed.

  22. bradwins says: Mar 13, 2014 1:30 PM

    This would make me so sad. I love Steve Smith. I’d hate to see him dirty himself in Baltimore. Would be a perfect fit in New England, which could use an injection of his attitude on the offensive side of the ball.

  23. trubblman says: Mar 13, 2014 1:33 PM

    “There’s another football team in Maryland besides the Redskins??? If you watch the news and read the papers, you’d never know! The Ravens might as well be DC United. Enjoy retirement Steve. #MDisRedskinsCountry”

    Hey Rip Van Winkle, did you just wake up? You must have been napping for the past 15 years. The Ravens have won 2 Super Bowls and been to many playoffs while the Redskins last year just went to their first playoff game since the 90s.

  24. weepingjebus says: Mar 13, 2014 1:34 PM

    Smith should give it some serious thought before moving to Baltimore. I drove my 6 year old to the Baltimore aquarium a few months ago; she stepped out of the car directly onto a paper bag with an empty gin bottle in it. The ACLU sued to move Al Qaeda detainees out of Baltimore and back to Gitmo. If there were ever a radiation leak in the city, residents would complain about it driving up their property values.

  25. bengalguy says: Mar 13, 2014 1:34 PM

    Kinda small & fast, even @ the tail end of his career. Joe needs young tall kids so they can get all those jump balls he puts up.
    Good luck dying in MD.

  26. fmc651 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:34 PM

    It is a good fit, he will fit in nice w/Ray Rice.
    Ray better keep an eye on Steve at all times though. Steve might sucker punch him too.

  27. stainlessstill says: Mar 13, 2014 1:35 PM

    Sign those social security papers, Steve! Lmao, Baltimore. Old, slow.

  28. bmore44 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:35 PM

    He might beat Flacco up. Lol

  29. faninvirginia says: Mar 13, 2014 1:37 PM

    If i had to pick between a receiver that threw a punch and a QB accused multiple times or rape….ill take smith. Steeler trolls need to go apply for a job somewhere

  30. opneon says: Mar 13, 2014 1:37 PM

    If you understood salary caps you would know why it was difficult (but not impossible) to keep Boldin last year but have room for Smith now.

    I just love (not really) the Redskin and Vikings fans who actually have to audacity (or stupidity) to mock the Ravens – like their team has done ANYTHING this CENTURY!!!

    Unless you’re trying to be funny – it is very sad.

  31. braven4evr says: Mar 13, 2014 1:37 PM

    I would love this addition; don’t know how it would work though. Harbaugh doesn’t like anyone speaks their minds.

  32. ravensbob says: Mar 13, 2014 1:38 PM

    Steelers are the last place team in north this season. Bengals ( of course they’ll lose 1st rd playoffs), Ravens, Clowns, Tomlin-cheaters, in that order.

  33. ravensdominate says: Mar 13, 2014 1:41 PM

    Best franchise in the league.

  34. jiggy3198 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:41 PM

    Again people know nothing. To say we don’t have any money is ludicrous. We had 22 million under the cap. Unlike the Steelers and the Cowboys. we still have about 15 million under the cap. We got money were going to win go ravens

  35. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 13, 2014 1:45 PM

    These are the kind of comments that come out at just the mention of a phone call. Its pretty clear other teams envy what Ozzie can do.

  36. ianwetpantscom says: Mar 13, 2014 1:48 PM

    They say in Baltimore “In Ozzie I trust”

    #justsay’n

  37. ravensbob says: Mar 13, 2014 1:49 PM

    The panther fans r just jealous. Baltimore/St Louis. 3 Super Bowl wins in 15 years. Jacksonville/Charlotte ZERO. Both char/jax have trouble filling stadiums. Baltimore sold out every game since ’96. Good move tagliaboob.

  38. delhommed says: Mar 13, 2014 1:51 PM

    Steve has at least a couple years left. I think he is still a top 10 wr. Stupid move by my panthers. This feeling is worse than a punch in the gut!

  39. bucthat says: Mar 13, 2014 1:53 PM

    I would love Steve in Tampa. Don’t wanna break the bank on him but for a cheaper deal he could show Carolina what a mistake it was 2 times a year not to mention toughen up our wide outs and maybe even set Mike Williams straight

  40. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 13, 2014 1:54 PM

    way to go Ravens, getting older and older..

  41. surfinbird1 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:55 PM

    Patriots for a year or two. Bring some attitude to the young guys.

  42. pilot2011 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:56 PM

    To Raven fans, make sure yall go to training camp and watch this man practices. He is by FAR the hardest working, most intense player I have ever witnessed in any sport… The type of player that demands 110% from every player on the team.

    He will earn the respect of his teammates immediately. I expect a huge year from 89 this year… I cant believe he is really gone.

    Good luck Smitty, you will be missed.

  43. flash1283 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:58 PM

    On one hand it’s a good move, he’s a punk so he will fit in with the ravens but he’s not tall enough to go up and get all those punts from OVER PAID AND WAY WAY WAY OVER RATED JUMP BALL JOE

  44. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 13, 2014 2:01 PM

    I think a year without Bolden taught the Raven’s a lesson about the value of a Beast receiver. Smith is just a nastier team mate than Anquan.

    We miss Hines.

  45. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Mar 13, 2014 2:05 PM

    “There’s another football team in Maryland besides the Redskins??? If you watch the news and read the papers, you’d never know! The Ravens might as well be DC United. Enjoy retirement Steve. #MDisRedskinsCountry”

    Hilarious. I mean should I start the list of players whose careers have died in Landover/DC/Ashburn/Wherever this team is from?

  46. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 13, 2014 2:07 PM

    Top 10 in the league in cap space at the beginning of free agency. 1 year after winning the Superbowl

    Ozzie makes all you haters look like chumps every year.

  47. r8rsfan says: Mar 13, 2014 2:17 PM

    31.9 teams want this guy.

  48. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    Not Boldin and admit that you miss him. ADMIT IT!

  49. topgun1019 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:20 PM

    This article highlights Steve Smith’s lack of intelligence. He wanted to go play for Dallas. ‘Nough said.

  50. ravensbob says: Mar 13, 2014 2:21 PM

    Printing the 89 Ravens jersey now.

  51. dcapettini says: Mar 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    Getting rid of Boldin was not a very good idea. However, 95% of the guys that Ozzie gets rid of never do anything anywhere else. He’s not perfect. Just very good.

    The only problem with being successful in the NFL is all the trolls that it attracts. You’ll note that the trolls’ teams haven’t done anything lately. Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota – all losers. Since there is nothing to cheer about at home, they get their jollies disparaging winners. The Browns never seem to win anything, but their fans have class.

  52. randomcommenter says: Mar 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    Now all he has to do is grow a foot taller so jump ball Flacco can hit him.

  53. southpaw2k says: Mar 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    Flacco haters, like any bad comedian, need some new material.

    “Jump Ball Joe” – Like Matthew Stafford is any better. He has the luxury of heaving up just about anything towards Calvin Johnson.

    The Ravens are old. – Steelers fans are pretty much the last people on Earth who have any right to get on the Ravens about age. First, the entire idea is a fallacy. Second, the Steelers just dumped Lamar Woodley in favor of Troy Polamalu, who is three years Woodley’s senior.

    Flacco is overpaid. – WRONG WRONG WRONG. There are at least six QBs in the league who have more guaranteed money than Flacco. And if you have a 1st-grade level understanding of NFL contracts, you’d know that guaranteed money and cap hits are what matter, not the total value of the contract.

    As for Steve Smith, he’d be a great asset to the team, both on the field and off. If Marlon Brown or Dennis Pitta drop a 3rd down pass, he’ll get in their faces to not do that again.

  54. troy43mvp says: Mar 13, 2014 2:50 PM

    Can’t keep Boldin but Steve Smith is fine? It only shows that Oz doesn’t know it all and is slipping. Keeping players becomes a little tougher after ya win a Superbowl. Try winning two and going to a third in a 6 year period. Keeping players is the only priority salary caps will leave you. The junior team Ravens have copied everything else about the Steelers you would think they would have learned that too. It’s why the Ravens will always be the Steelers little minions. Truth Be Told !!

  55. kevo95 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:51 PM

    Of course they R

  56. steelcurtainn says: Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    Old and washed up!!!!!

  57. jgedgar70 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:33 PM

    All you morons do realize the last time Smith punched a guy was SIX (6) YEARS AGO, right????? Will you please let it go?

    Troublemaker? Hardly. Other than the 2 fights with teammates over 13 years, he has never been in trouble with the law or teammates. The rumors you are hearing about him not being a leader are from girly-man Panthers players who got their tissue paper feelings hurt whenever Smith got in their grills about dogging it on the field.

    He’s not Boldin/can’t catch jump balls – you obviously haven’t seen any Smith catches in the last 2 years. He can jump better than Boldin ever dreamed of jumping. He would give the Ravens EXACTLY what Boldin did – a tough receiver who can play the slot or go over the middle.

    This would be where I hope he goes. At least we would only have to play against him once (I doubt he’s still playing in 2018, when we next play the Ravens after this year).

  58. finsblood13 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:38 PM

    Flacco drops back, sees Smith wide open and is SACKED!! Flacco drops back, sees Smith wide open and overthrows it by 25 yards. Flacco drops back, Sees Smith Wide open and throws a pick . Is this what you want SS.. ??

  59. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 13, 2014 3:46 PM

    pittsburgh fans should worry there team getting some players dont watch what Ravens do.You will find out soon enough.your team needs help bad,looks like a cellar dweller…

  60. 63deuceman says: Mar 13, 2014 3:54 PM

    His personality really does seem like a good fit to the Ravens.

  61. ravensbob says: Mar 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    Steeler fans should be more worried that every year the rapist looks heavier and heavier behind center. Pissburgh will be lucky to win 3 games next season.

  62. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    Getting rid of Boldin was not a very good idea. However, 95% of the guys that Ozzie gets rid of never do anything anywhere else. He’s not perfect. Just very good.

    The only problem with being successful in the NFL is all the trolls that it attracts. You’ll note that the trolls’ teams haven’t done anything lately. Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota – all losers. Since there is nothing to cheer about at home, they get their jollies disparaging winners. The Browns never seem to win anything, but their fans have class.

    Ozzie is in fact good.
    Steve Smith would be a great addition to the Ravens.

    Funny that you as a frequent troll posting on steeler threads would dare to complain about other trolls posting anywhere. I guess being a hypocrite is something you do so easily…..pathetic. Disparaging winners hardly …..presenting reality to dreamers is more accurate.

  63. ledzep826 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:38 PM

    and yet still puts up better numbers than flunnco on a yearly basis

  64. 52allday says: Mar 13, 2014 5:15 PM

    I would have preferred Edelman

  65. bobbyfenwick says: Mar 13, 2014 5:17 PM

    we aren’t even that old… what are you people talking about? Redskins fans? Vikings? Steelers? you all need to worry about your teams because none of them look half decent

  66. tombstoned says: Mar 13, 2014 5:33 PM

    Over the duration of their careers the following is true:

    Roethlisberger throws 1 pick out of every 35 pass attempts.

    Flacco throws 1 pick out of every 40 pass attempts.

    Should we compare cap numbers next?

    You Steeler trolls crack me up with your Jump Ball Joe and Ozzy we Trust comments. Seems to me like the Ravens are superior to you in both of these departments.

  67. tombstoned says: Mar 13, 2014 5:36 PM

    And Dalton has the worst ratio of all, BTW

  68. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 13, 2014 5:49 PM

    “presenting reality to dreamers”, lol, that’s the funniest description of trolling ever written when it is your version of reality presented to your rival team. Sadly you actually believe it.

  69. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 13, 2014 6:03 PM

    Over the duration of their careers the following is true:

    Roethlisberger throws 1 pick out of every 35 pass attempts.

    Flacco throws 1 pick out of every 40 pass attempts.

    Should we compare cap numbers next?

    You Steeler trolls crack me up with your Jump Ball Joe and Ozzy we Trust comments. Seems to me like the Ravens are superior to you in both of these departments.

    One Stat you left out cherry picker. Ben has been to three SB ….winning two. I guess that stat is to important to use….right.

  70. cursindaily says: Mar 13, 2014 9:17 PM

    Ravens targeting a wide receiver in free agency that was good 5 years ago? I think I’ve heard this story before.

  71. jtbsteeler says: Mar 13, 2014 10:00 PM

    Well lookie here! Look who’s team is pursuing an old “geezer”.

    Don’t you love when hypocrisy slaps the Ravens in the face? Reaching for old bums, flying in the face of your fanbase who loves to call the Steelers old.

    Your oline is the problem. Begging and pleading for Steve Smith. How low can you get? This reeks of desperation. It won’t matter, the Steelers have had a stronger offseason and no uppercuts.

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