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.