Ravens sign Steve Smith

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Steve Smith wasn’t out of work for long.

Smith, the veteran wide receiver who was released by the Panthers on Thursday, agreed to a contract with the Ravens on Friday. It’s a three-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported and the Ravens have announced.

Baltimore needed to bolster its offense after a disappointing 2013 season, and Smith qualifies. Although he’s not quite the player he once was, he was the No. 1 receiver on the Panthers last year and will be a solid addition to the passing game in Baltimore this year. There’s no immediate word on the financial terms of the contract, but it was apparently enough to make Smith decide to cancel the other visits he had lined up.

And yes, the Ravens will play the Panthers in 2014, in Baltimore. Smith promised “blood and guts everywhere” when he faces his former team. Let’s hope it’s in prime time.

122 responses to “Ravens sign Steve Smith

  1. You would have been naive to think Ozzy was gonna let him leave without a contract. And all it took was a trip to Golden Corral.

  2. Sorry Steve, but this was probably the wrong move. Baltimore isn’t exactly the contender it appeared to be, a year ago. It’s actually just a pretender. Ray Ray is retired. Boldin bolted to San Fran. Ray Rice is a shadow of his former self. And Flacco is too busy counting all those $$ that he fleeced from the GM to be any good.

    So yeah… I’d say this was a bad call.

  3. The Ravens are, and have been, so predictable.

    They adopted their identity off of Pittsburgh — since they tried to glom onto the black-dominated helmets and uniforms.

    They then went to the 3-4 zone blitz.

    The offensive and defensive players they draft are meant to mirror the Steeler way.

    We cut loose with Hinesy. They bring in Boldin, and now they bring in Smith — who is a BEAST.

    Aside from Kicker/Punter, every position they draft or snag in free agency is cut out of the Steeler mold. For example at Safety, they bring in Pollard – and then Indibego while drafting Elam. Same old story —> mirror Pittsburgh’s formula.

    Insert something about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, right?

  4. Old and slow…..hhhmmmm. Raven trolls can’t say that anymore about the steelers.

    Good signing, but he will not last the entire season and has lost a bunch of steps….can he jump high enough for a Jump Ball Joe?

  5. Great pick-up in a short list of previous HOF receivers that helped the Ravens get to the playoffs and one Superbowl 5 out the past 6 years.

    DMASE, Anquan and now Smitty!

    Well Done Ozzie!

  6. Lost in the recent Raven signings is the age of the last 2 players they have signed to 4 and 3 year deals respectively . Way to keep getting younger…LOL

  7. Die hard Panthers fan here and I wish the very best to Steve but when the Panthers play the Ravens the Panthers will bring the win home to Charlotte.
    Thanks for the years and you are the best Panther player ever!

  8. Great pick up by the Ravens.

    I hope they have a successful season with the most underrated coach in the league.

  9. and they won the super bowl. so there.
    welcome to baltimore Steve Smith.
    and for all of you who say the Flacco contract blah blah blah. you truly have no clue

  10. “Insert something about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, right?”

    If we were imitating the Steelers, we would be holding on to AARP qualified players at $10 million a year, ruining and restructuring our cap every year, and still missing the playoffs.

    Oh and we’d have thrown in a loss to both Tim Tebow and the Raiders for good measure.

  11. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Mar 14, 2014 5:18 PM

    Insert something about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, right?
    ————————-
    Oz imitating Colbert. Hilarious. Is that why he has exactly zero draft pics from 2008 and 2009 on his roster, while Oz has 4 starters? I also didn’t realize the city of Pittsburgh owned the color black, the 3-4, grooming draft picks with vets AND physical receivers.

  12. Great news! The Ozzman strikes again! You know when the Ravens make a good move cause all the jealous steeler fans and trolls of other sorry teams start running their mouths! Bring on the draft! This will be a fun team to watch in 14!

  13. Stonedolphin, what a joke. You criticize the Smith signing but you signed Ellerbe to almost a 40 million dollar contract and got .5 sacks and Wheeler gave you 1 for his money. Then you had to overpay D’Qwell Jackson to fix that mess then you overpaid Albert because Monroe refused to sign. And why Albert, because you traded for and overpaid Bryant McKinnie and the Ravens still played for the division in their last game of the season and the Dolphins were out of it after they lost to the Ravens earlier in the season. I am reminded of stones and glass houses. Oh, yea, and morons.

  14. As a Panthers’ fan its going to be hard seeing Smitty in another teams uniform, but I am happy for him.
    Like he said yesterday no matter the contract he will ALWAYS BE A PANTHER!
    Keep Pounding 89

  15. To all the Baltimore fans who are angry to know they’ve been built upon the Steelers’ model, just know that your own GM Newsome admitted as much years ago.

    Truth hurts, huh?

  16. I don’t care about Flacco throwing jump balls since I’m a Panthers fan. But Steve made his bones from going high for balls thrown by mediocre to bad quarter backs. The d’bag Saints D coordinator who came up with Bounty-Gate said when he goes high for a catch you have to dump him on his little head. I love my team but the Ravens have just became my favorite AFC team. Pad your stats Smitty, get to the Hall, and get a ring.

  17. Comments from Panther fans who watched him for years tells us all we need to know. Everyone else is just scared and jealous. Thanks Panthers fans, good luck this season.

  18. @ialwayswantedtobeabanker

    Are you serious?! Did you just accuse the Ravens of mimicking the Steelers franchise model? And use maybe 2 ridiculous examples comparing Hines cheap shot Ward to The Ravens signing Boldin or Mason? Buddy- every team has possession receivers. Most nfl teams than a 3-4 defense now. And unlike Pitt the Ravens NEVER restructure old players and defer contracts and crush their cap space every single year. Ravens actually have cap space to utilize FA the way it should be done to compliment a roster. The Ravens O is nothing like the Pitt O. The Ravens have a legit special team and returner. And one last one to prove how idiotic your point is: THE RAVENS HAVE BLACK HELMETS LIKE THE STEELERS?! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! What’s next claiming the Ravens players recently got arrested to emulate Big Ben and Hines ward amongst others?! Grow up…

  19. What a waste. He could have signed with a team with a real offense and QB. He’ll be lucky if he catches 35 balls this year.

  20. This was a steal.

    3 years at $11 million, that’s chump change for a WR with his skills, as diminished as they might be. He even seems to have his head on straight knowing he isn’t a #1 WR anymore. Ravens are going to be running a lot more 3 and 4 WR sets with single back.

    Smith has that fiery personality too that I don’t see on the field with our other wideouts. He brings us a bit more toughness that we’ll lose with the departure of Vonta Leach.

  21. Incredible ownership, management and facilities. Enough said. I would cancel me other meetings as well. Right player, right price. He wanted to be here and he fits right in. Don’t hate!

  22. Crap, this sucks. As a huge Panther and 89 fan I was really hoping to see in him the NFC South (Bucs) so he could come back home once a year. After all, the Panthers will be in the cellar because they don’t have any players – besides we’ve never had back-to-back winning records, so what could have been worse. But now he’s gone to the Ravens and I HATE the Ravens. Maybe I can tolerate them.

  23. Cant hate Steve Smith he’s just long in the tooth I guess they found out the hard way about Boldin trade.. Ozzie is good maybe great but I’m cool with Colbert,since he has been in his position he has won a SB with 2 different coaches drafted a DROY , OROY, & a SBMVP, been to 5 AFC Champ, 3 SB’s & had 2 DPOY 1 drafted the other UFA & he is undefeated againts the Ravens in the SB & won more SB’s in less years at the helm than Ozzie he has drafted 1 1st ballot HOFer when he had a late 1st round pick made moves to get him… I never down Ozzie but How could a Raven fan get on Colbert for a couple not so good drafts and say he is terrible.. His resume nice! Just sayin

  24. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 14, 2014 5:18 PM

    “The Ravens are, and have been, so predictable.”

    Really, who are they drafting with their first pick…will they trade up or trade down?

    “They adopted their identity off of Pittsburgh — since they tried to glom onto the black-dominated helmets and uniforms.”

    I guess all the teams that have black in their uniforms and some other color that isn’t yellow must have copied it from the Steelers?

    “They then went to the 3-4 zone blitz.”

    Actually, they went to the 3-4 hybrid scheme.

    “The offensive and defensive players they draft are meant to mirror the Steeler way.”

    That’s why we drafted Ed Reed, and then the Steelers get Polumalu. That’s why the Ravens get Todd Heap, and then the Steelers get Heath Miller (and then steal the chant of “HEEEEAAAAP” to “HEEAAAATTTTH.” Even your chants aren’t original). We draft Ray Lewis….you still don’t have a guy like him, and never have. We draft a small cutback guy like Ray Rice, you try with Mendenhall. Etc, etc.

    If you guys are so good, how come we’ve been more successful than the Steelers over the course of Flacco’s career? I guess we’re beating you at your own game?

  25. Ok, this wasn’t bad. Smith is worthy of playing in the greatest rivalry in pro sports.

  26. Ed Bandell says:
    If you guys are so good, how come we’ve been more successful than the Steelers over the course of Flacco’s career? I guess we’re beating you at your own game?

    The Steelers have beaten Flacco 3 times 1 year & another playoff game plus beat them with a 37 4th string QB & been to more SB’s since flacco been a Raven & how many Ravens have ever played for the Steelers?? I cant remeber any but off th e top of my head I remember Harrison, Kordell ,Bam Morris, Rod Woodson a few O linmen & could be more from the early years…
    its def some Imitation there…

  27. I was really hoping the Steelers were going to sign him but if he has to go somewhere else I’m glad it’s to the ravens since he won’t have a decent qb that get him the ball there.

  28. 3 years, $11 M, including $3.5M signing bonus. First year salary is $1M. That works out to a first year cap figure of $2.17M. Ozzie still has tons of remaining cap space to work his wonders. All hail the great and powerful Oz.

  29. If you guys are so good, how come we’ve been more successful than the Steelers over the course of Flacco’s career? I guess we’re beating you at your own game?

    Is Cherry Picking something they teach in the Baltimore school system?

    Ozzie own words were he looked around and modeled his team after a franchise he admired……sorry skippy look it up and accept it because hubris is easy if you try.

  30. I am a Panthers fan. Looks like I have a team to pull for in the AFC. Hell, the way Gettleman handled things with 89 I may even root for Smitty when Carolina and Baltimore meet, which by the way better be prime time. Enjoy his services. He is a baller, never lets up, the only active triple crown winner (05) and despite what the outsiders say, he is the ultimate NFL player. Despite the negative nonsense the talking heads, Steve is a good man. He contributes both his time and effort towards community projects and you are all lucky to have him. Best of luck!

  31. udontknowjaq says:
    Mar 14, 2014 6:13 PM

    Ed Bandell says:
    If you guys are so good, how come we’ve been more successful than the Steelers over the course of Flacco’s career? I guess we’re beating you at your own game?

    The Steelers have beaten Flacco 3 times 1 year & another playoff game plus beat them with a 37 4th string QB & been to more SB’s since flacco been a Raven & how many Ravens have ever played for the Steelers?? I cant remeber any but off th e top of my head I remember Harrison, Kordell ,Bam Morris, Rod Woodson a few O linmen & could be more from the early years…
    its def some Imitation there…
    ______________________________

    One Question: When’s the last time you won a SB ? lol
    Bonus Question: How do you like your chances for the 2014 season ? lol

    Steelers are done and will be for quite some time.

    Again…… lol…. Steelers lol…. Done !!!

  32. nice comment bro. I love this move. as far as Ravens emulating Steelers, it’s true that Steve and Ozzie made the statement. and why not? Steelers are a truly successful franchise. and Since the Ravens have adopted this mantra, they have been more successful then the Steelers. and that’s not a knock against the Steelers. the truth is, the two franchises will always be in the thick of things in the nfl. anyone who states otherwise is just kidding themselves

  33. Flacco arrived on the scene in 2008 and here are the team records since then:

    2008
    Ravens: 11-5, lost Conf. game in playoffs.
    Steelers: 12-8, you guys won a SB. Congrats to you, seriously.

    2009:
    Ravens: 9-7, lost Div game in playoffs.
    Steelers: 9-7, no playoffs for you.

    2010:
    Ravens: 12-4, lost div game in playoffs. (The TD that wasn’t game)
    Steelers: 12-4, you lost the SB.

    2011:
    Ravens: 12-4, lost conf. game in playoffs.
    Steelers: 12-4, you lost the wild card game.

    2012:
    Ravens: 10-6, won the superbowl
    Steelers: 8-8, no playoffs for you.

    2013:
    Ravens: 8-8, no playoffs for us
    Steelers: 8-8, no playoffs for you.

    During that time both our teams have won a superbowl, but the Ravens only missed the playoffs once and you guys missed it three times. The records are almost identical, but the 10-6 season pulls us ahead by one game over all to your 8-8.

    Our Qb is entering his prime, Ben is getting near the end. He’s still good, but what are they putting around him? How is that defense going to hold up. You’re going to go through a re-building phase too just like we did this past season when our legends move on like Lewis and Reed. We both have poor offensive lines overall, so I think that will be the key between our two teams. Who can make the best out of what they have and can draft/sign? And then the running game. If Ray Rice bounces back, the Ravens are going to be tough to beat.

  34. allhailkingflacco

    How?? Steelers finish second in the division over the Ravens & beat them last year… So signing a 35 year old Wr put you over the hump?? Now thats funny!! Ive seen the Steelers at the top more than you probably will see in yours in your liftime!! The Ravens are doing a good Clone job but again we been to more SB,s since Ozzie been there

  35. Steelers are done and will be for quite some time.

    Again…… lol…. Steelers lol…. Done !!!

    I guess finishing strong versus finishing poorly is bad…. Dude the ravens quit in there last game the steelers didn’t. Little brothers always want what there big brother has…..only four more….yawn.

  36. jetsjetsjetsnow says:
    Mar 14, 2014 6:20 PM
    Letting go Boldin last yea only to sign Smith this year.. I think Ozzie has lost a couple steps..

    Boldin>Smith
    —————-
    Not that simple. Smith @ $2M>>>>>Boldin @ $6M.

  37. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 14, 2014 6:20 PM

    “Letting go Boldin last yea only to sign Smith this year.. I think Ozzie has lost a couple steps..

    Boldin>Smith”

    Boldin will be moved back to a #3 WR with a healthy Crabtree and whomever else the Niners sign to play the #2 man in the offense. No hate on Boldin, love him. He’s a tough, hardnosed guy who will go get the football.

    But Boldin also $> than Smith. They will most likely produce the same given the same roles as both will most likely be slot/3rd down move the chain types.

  38. This makes me sad. I love Steve Smith. He shouldn’t dirtied himself by playing for the Ravens. Grossest franchise, other than Pittsburgh.

  39. crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 14, 2014 6:09 PM
    Ok, this wasn’t bad. Smith is worthy of playing in the greatest rivalry in pro sports.
    ——————
    Occasionally, you deserve a high five.

  40. As a long time Panther and Smitty fan, I couldn’t be happier for him! So glad he landed with a team that will appreciate what he has to offer! This guy is a beast!!!! I’ve watched him here in Charlotte for his whole career……Baltimore, you just signed a real gem! Treat him good!!!!!

    Good luck, Smitty…..you’re already missed here in Charlotte! (Screw Gettleman!)

  41. The only good thing about this is that we got Mike Mitchell the safety from Carolina who faced Smith every day at practice. I’m sure the Baltimore fans haven’t even thought about that though. After they lose Oher I bet they sign an offensive lineman from the chargers since we got their NT

  42. mbart94 says:
    Mar 14, 2014 6:58 PM
    The only good thing about this is that we got Mike Mitchell the safety from Carolina who faced Smith every day at practice. I’m sure the Baltimore fans haven’t even thought about that though.
    ———————
    We haven’t thought about it because it doesn’t matter.

  43. “How?? Steelers finish second in the division over the Ravens & beat them last year… So signing a 35 year old Wr put you over the hump?? Now thats funny!! Ive seen the Steelers at the top more than you probably will see in yours in your liftime!! The Ravens are doing a good Clone job but again we been to more SB,s since Ozzie been there”

    Coming from the team who tried to bring back a 36 year old Plaxico Burress last year to put them over the hump, seriously?

    At the end of the day, the records were both 8-8 and both teams failed to make the playoffs. I don’t know why you’d go around bragging about that since you came off of another 8-8 season prior to that.

    Ozzie has been with the Ravens since 1996. While it is true that you have been to 3 superbowls to our two since that time, we’ve won just as many as you have during that time frame.

    Signing a 35 year old slot receiver that is known to make the tough catches and pick up first downs could put us over, considering we’ve locked up a good LT, a great possession type TE, a speed burner and killer return specialist, and an anchor for the middle of the defense for a couple more years until we find a replacement. As I recall, you guys had a pretty good old WR in Hines Ward for awhile there. And now you think hanging onto an aging TE in Heath Miller, an aging FS who no longer can play like he once did in Troy, and virtually doing nothing else since then is going to put you over?

    The Steelers still have some good talent, but to say they are vastly superior to the Ravens is just silly.

  44. Ed Bandell

    & who beat Flacco in 08 & 2010??

    Ben is 32 years old & Flacco is 29

    Ben is in his Prime now & been to 3 SB’s by Flacco’s age.. He is Jump Ball Joe tho.. Anyway Ben is 10 times more clutch so #Chill

  45. I hope he does well with The Ravens, however Panther defense is pretty stout. I doubt whether they are purchasing eye protection.

  46. Smitty is a baller and plays with passion. Defenses will have to respect him which should loosen the coverage on the other receivers.

    Don’t be surprised that Smitty canceled his other visits and signed his deal before he left. The Raven’s have a top notch facility – totally state of the art. It has been reported players have been awestruck when they see the facility and resources available to them (don’t believe me? Google it). They also appreciate the consideration and generosity of the ownership and management. From the surprise ice-cream trucks that roll unexpectedly onto the practice field during a blistering hot summer day in training camp to the award winning chefs that cook their meals. It’s always not just about the money – it’s so much more.

    Raising my beer in admiration to the Raven’s management for the job well done….it will be champagne if and when Alex Macks signs.

  47. Smith may be 35, but he’s a fiesty 35. Don’t think he’ll be the asset Boldin was when they signed him from the Cardinals, but it was still a good pickup of a veteran receiver. Love watching Ozzie maneuver–though he’s dealing with a lot of challenges this off season. As a Steelers fan, given a choice between seeing even an aging Steve Smith on the opposing sideline a couple times a year or not … I’d rather not 🙂

  48. you can call him jump ball Joe all you want. his records speaks for itself. and that includes wins vs Pitt at home and away. to say he isn’t clutch is absurd. and for as well as Ben played, the Steelers were 8 and 8 last year. Joe wasn’t good last year for sure. and the Ravens were 8 and 8. don’t see Ben playing better. can’t see Joe not playing better. and once again, these two teams will be there at the end

  49. Ed Bandell

    I never said the Steelers were vastly superior IMO the Steelers are still a little better.. Steelers O is better while Raven D was better but that Ravens O was terrible watching CSPAN was more enjoyable.. What else do the Ravens have on that Oline time will tell what they do wwith that but at present time that has not been addressed yet & Plax was never to get over the hump he would of been the 4th Wr on the team & SS TP43 was better & at this present time better than any S on the Ravens roster and PFF rated Troy 5th best S in the NFL last year chill on the future HOF his play level did not drop off enough to not hang on to a Steeler legand.. & at 31 Heath is still better than Pitta & I dont recall him having much impact last year himself after an injury. Im glad they held on to one of the better all around TE in the AFC.

  50. Hey, you B’more clowns can pound your chests, whine and posture like tough guys — but the FACT is the Ravens stated back in the late 90’s that they were trying to build their team like the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Call Ben a rapist. Say Cowher spit too much. Say Troy has girly hair. Whatever, the Ravens – since their inception — have tried to copycat the Steeler mold that was forged in Pittsburgh.

    Vote No all ya want, ladies — big deal. But at least now you have a more properly framed perspective on things.

  51. Steelers fans: you do realize that the ravens would have to sign 10 guys over the age of 40 for our average age to top yours right? Just keep it shut, like your window for championships is. Dolphins fans….I guess they have some again apparently, couldn’t sell out a single home game 2 yrs ago, sign a couple more over-priced half effort bums would ya. Oh yeah and win something, then you can talk. THE DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT SINCE MARINO RETIRED, YOUR TEAM IS A SPEED BUMP. Have fun watching us rule the north again this year.

  52. Bisciotti is a self made multi billionaire. Rooney won his money betting on a horse. Which business plan would you respect?

  53. Its a reasonable signing. I get the reasoning and the “fingers crossed” hope that he hasn’t lost too many steps.

    Lets face it though: how did Boldin ever get traded for next to nothing? If he is still in BAL this deal doesn’t need to get done.

    Who would you rather have?

  54. Wait I’m confused. If all of the Steelers trolls talk about how Ozzie runs a terrible organization… But he emulates the Pittsburgh franchise… Are you suggesting Colbert runs a terrible franchise??

  55. Ravens fans, you just got lucky. You are seriously going to LOVE watching Smitty on Sunday’s – Congratulations!! – DieHard Panthers Fan

  56. I hope the Ravens make some noise in the playoffs for Smitty’s sake. He deserves one last chance to win a ring even if it’s not here in Carolina.

  57. The dolphins have been irrelevant since 1975. Shula couldn’t handle the pressure in a real football town so he ran to chill city where he at least had joe Robbie to cover his Ass.

  58. To clarify the disparity in teams for all those bitter Picksburg fans: so far in the free agency period the Ravens were able to sign Monroe (top LT in FA), Pitta (2nd best TE in FA), Daryl Smith (3rd best ILB in FA), Jacoby Jones (best KR/PR in FA) and Steve Smith (3rd best WR in FA). Steelers have signed Mike Mitchell (5th best safety in FA) and Worilds (maybe 7-10th best OLB in FA) while forced to release Woodley and restructure 4 contracts just to stay afloat. And after all of that? Baltimore STILL has more cap space that Pitt. Wow.

  59. Bisciotti is a self made multi billionaire. Rooney won his money betting on a horse. Which business plan would you respect?

    Let me see… Ray Lewis and Ray Rice….yup I take Rooney, as would most decent law abiding people.

  60. After all that Baltimore has done this offseason(which isn’t much) they’ll still find a way to screw it up and finish behind the steelers again. They were SUPPOSED to win the division last year (while the steelers reloaded) but ended up in 3rd place. Go figure.

  61. You say the Ravens haven’t done much then by comparison the Steelers did nothing. Also, the Bengals were always projected to win the division last year. In any case past is the past and this time of year every team is a Super Bowl contender. Well except for the Vikings maybe.

  62. Best-case scenario for Panthers fans. We play him this year, and he’ll be retired by the next time we play the Ravens in 2018.

    To everyone saying Smith can’t play with “Jump Ball Joe” – you obviously have never seen Smith play. Yes, he’s a step slower than in his prime, but he is still out-jumping defenders 5 inches taller than him. He will be fine. The Ravens just became my second-favorite team with Smith on board.

  63. Who’s the guy that thought the Ravens would win the division last year?

    They got rid of:

    2 HOF Defensive players as well as an all-pro WR, an all pro C and they lost their top TE in training camp.

    The Ravens look like they bit the bullet and rebuilt their franchise in 1 year.

    Meanwhile the Steelers continue to hang on to aging superstars and continue to make bad contract decisions.

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