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John Harbaugh: Ravens will exercise Jimmy Smith’s option for 2015

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The Ravens have designs on keeping cornerback Jimmy Smith through 2015 and beyond.

The club will exercise their right to extend Smith’s contract for a fifth year and would like to further extend his deal, head coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL meetings in Orlando on Tuesday, according to an interview transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America.

“We have no doubt that we’ll be investing the option in Jimmy when the time comes,” Harbaugh said, according to the PFWA. “We are hopeful that we can sign Jimmy long-term. That will be our goal.”

Smith’s four-year rookie deal expires after this season, but the CBA allows the Ravens to keep Smith for a fifth year by tendering him a contract before May 3, 2014.

The No. 27 pick in the 2011 draft, Smith, if tendered for 2015, will receive a one-year contract for the “cap percentage average” of the third-through-25th-highest salaries at cornerback for 2014, per the CBA.

Harbaugh also again indicated Tuesday that the club also wanted to sign wideout Torrey Smith to a contract extension. Torrey Smith was the Ravens’ second-round pick in 2011. Like Jimmy Smith, he is in the last year of his deal, but the Ravens do not have a club option for 2015 save for the franchise or transition tags.

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55 Responses to “John Harbaugh: Ravens will exercise Jimmy Smith’s option for 2015”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 6:54 PM

    He’s not as valuable as Nick Fairley that the Lions declined an option on, and it’s still a smart move for them to lock him up cheap. I’m so angry right now.

  2. ravensfansc says: Mar 25, 2014 6:56 PM

    Lock up the Smith Brothers! Both have been solid contributors and key pieces for the offense and defense.

  3. juan898 says: Mar 25, 2014 6:59 PM

    The future looks good with these two pieces at the helm. They don’t get nearly as much credit as they should.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 25, 2014 7:00 PM

    Harbs, you just made A Brown very, very happy.

  5. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 25, 2014 7:01 PM

    Another day, another Ravens bust.

  6. stackzondeck says: Mar 25, 2014 7:02 PM

    Both Smith’s played well last season. Take care of them Ozzie.

  7. jtbsteeler says: Mar 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    About overpay again.

  8. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 25, 2014 7:10 PM

    It’s been a couple of days since a Raven got arrested, what gives Baltimore?

  9. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 25, 2014 7:14 PM

    this is why we win world championships and the rest of the NFL doesn’t

  10. tvjules says: Mar 25, 2014 7:14 PM

    More importantly, how long until the Ravens decide that knocking a woman out is unacceptable… even when its their star RB?

  11. jacobk621 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:16 PM

    Jimmy Smith is slowly but surely turning into one of the best players at his position ,,, lock em up !!!

  12. steelcurtainn says: Mar 25, 2014 7:33 PM

    Thats Plenty of more years for Big Ben to torch him.

  13. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 25, 2014 7:39 PM

    Lol too bad Ol Bathroom Ben is one big hit away from retirment .

  14. dickjagger says: Mar 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    Jimmy Smith is finally looking like a steal (considering he was the third corner taken in the first round).
    I don’t know what’s funnier, the steelers current trend of missing the playoffs every year, or the fact the steeler fans talk so much noise, even though that team hasn’t done anything in years. How long ago was their Super Bowl? You know, the one they lost.

  15. grimreaper12 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:44 PM

    Ravens secondary got torched by Amendola and Edelman. Flacco had more picks than td’s.
    #LOL

  16. realnflmaster says: Mar 25, 2014 7:51 PM

    overpaying is in the ravens nane

  17. grimreaper12 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:56 PM

    Did the Ravens have a week dedicated to them for being a dynasty? No.
    Jealousy is a nasty trait.

    #envy

  18. betteratlifethanyou says: Mar 25, 2014 8:10 PM

    Jimmy Smith is a hell of a jazz organ player.

  19. jakec4 says: Mar 25, 2014 8:11 PM

    Late bloomer but Jimmy is starting to show why he was taken in the first round. He may very well be the next Chris McAlister.

  20. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 25, 2014 8:17 PM

    Lol Amendola couldn’t torch a match with a flamethrower. Good luck tampering around that injury report.

  21. SAV says: Mar 25, 2014 8:21 PM

    I feel like Ozzie Newsome is attempting to put a checkmate on the league and leverage the heck out of the system.

    This year he knew well in advance he’d have more cap room and he’s using it to lock up his best guys long term while other teams are blowing money on overpriced players to fill out their roster. Genius man!

    If you are a Ravens fan, you can see the foundation, a plan materializing, and it’s just exciting man because you know the Ravens will be a playoff team again and you can start to hope that the Ravens 3rd Lombardi will come within the next 3-5 years. As a fan you love to at least have the hope and belief, and Ozzie gives us that by make great business decisions!

  22. scw1993 says: Mar 25, 2014 8:37 PM

    You can try to be excited all you want, but ravens didn’t even make the playoffs last year. Blownout by NE is the understatement of the year. Worse than what Seattle did to Denver, and they were a stone freight train.

  23. ravenmuscle says: Mar 25, 2014 8:41 PM

    correct me if I’m wrong…didn’t the Seahawks win the Superbowl. As far as I know the Patriot and Steeler fans were just HUGE LOSERS…..as USUAL.

    Revis island is as old as Moses and Toilet Ben is FINISHED.

  24. taosravenfan says: Mar 25, 2014 9:16 PM

    Guy has progressed to where he is a good young corner in the league. Not lockdown, but very good. Between smith and Webb we are doing OL. Now time for Asa Jackson or Chykie Brown to step up as the nickel. Keep whistling past the graveyard my steeler compadres. You comment more on ravens posts than steeler posts. But then we are a better organization than you.

  25. willbrownimaging says: Mar 25, 2014 9:31 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 25, 2014 7:00 PM
    Harbs, you just made A Brown very, very happy.

    ___________________________________

    Antonio Brown had two of his three least productive games (yardage-wise) last year against Baltimore, and didn’t score in either game.

    Don’t let statistics get in the way of good trolling.

  26. classyjacklambert says: Mar 25, 2014 9:34 PM

    I feel like I remember Smith getting drafted… then nothing about him since… So he’s just like all the other ravens players except less whiny? So pay the man!

  27. ravensdominate says: Mar 25, 2014 9:43 PM

    Best franchise in the league.

  28. burndownhottopic says: Mar 25, 2014 9:43 PM

    Pretty sure Ravens and pitt both lost to NE by same score there buddy. Both teams got stomped. Difference, Ravens core is much younger. Colbert has blown the draft recently. Believe it.

  29. ravens4fr says: Mar 25, 2014 10:46 PM

    Steeler fans are still living in the 70s….delusional all of you Stiller fans in thinking you can overtake the BEST organization in all of the NFL!!

  30. hess97 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:34 PM

    good at illegal contact, not so much at coverage.

    watch the costly PI in the endzone in a must-win to get in the playoffs game vs. Cincy (wk 17). same exact play as the super bowl “game winning play.”

  31. hess97 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:38 PM

    i just threw up in my mouth thinking about Jimmy Smith getting a ring. Learn to cover. Learn to play defense. This guy is a fraud.

  32. hess97 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:46 PM

    the real goat of SB 47. bad coverage (no coverage) and PI cost his team a ring.

  33. pabrownsfan says: Mar 26, 2014 3:49 AM

    Good cap move. Funny how 1/2 the comments on here are from Steeler fans.

  34. ianwetpantscom says: Mar 26, 2014 7:06 AM

    Kevin Colbert could learn a lot from Ozzie Newsome….

    #justsay’n

  35. drew2k2 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:09 AM

    Late bloomer but has started playing well.

  36. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 26, 2014 7:36 AM

    #steelersaredone

  37. krispyone says: Mar 26, 2014 8:18 AM

    ravenmuscle says:
    Mar 25, 2014 8:41 PM
    correct me if I’m wrong…didn’t the Seahawks win the Superbowl. As far as I know the Patriot and Steeler fans were just HUGE LOSERS…..as USUAL.

    Revis island is as old as Moses and Toilet Ben is FINISHED

    If the Patriots and Steeler fans were huge losers, than the Raven fans must have been even bigger losers since the Ravens finished below both of them!!
    Ben is finished??? Man you must have a crystal ball, because going off of last years stats if anyone looks finished its Flacco. Ben had more completions with less attempts, a higher completion %, more yards and yards per game, more TDs and less INTs, and a passer rating almost 20points higher than Flacco.
    Ravenmuscle, you have shown that you have no idea what you are talking about, and are just a troll fanboy who doesnt let those pesky facts get in the way of the BS that spews from your mouth!!

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 26, 2014 8:38 AM

    If the Patriots and Steeler fans were huge losers, than the Raven fans must have been even bigger losers since the Ravens finished below both of them!!
    Ben is finished??? Man you must have a crystal ball, because going off of last years stats if anyone looks finished its Flacco. Ben had more completions with less attempts, a higher completion %, more yards and yards per game, more TDs and less INTs, and a passer rating almost 20points higher than Flacco.
    Ravenmuscle, you have shown that you have no idea what you are talking about, and are just a troll fanboy who doesnt let those pesky facts get in the way of the BS that spews from your mouth!!

    Krispy, glad to see some one else who is tired of that troll fanboy spewing trash and no facts. Reality is tough for some raven trolls so I guess we need to go easy on some, but not this meathead.

  39. taosravenfan says: Mar 26, 2014 9:06 AM

    Ben is is the November of his career. His body is shot. Doesn’t mean he can’t still have a good season. But if you can’t admit that he’s taken way too many hits, then you are the one wearing steeler glasses and seeing the whole world in black and gold.

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 26, 2014 9:27 AM

    Ben is is the November of his career. His body is shot. Doesn’t mean he can’t still have a good season. But if you can’t admit that he’s taken way too many hits, then you are the one wearing steeler glasses and seeing the whole world in black and gold.

    Who is arguing Ben at times has been a punching bag and taken too many hits. The question with Ben is he using his experience to change his play to insure he is able to play three or four more years. Be the first to admit the Steelers will be in transition for several years…..but they will be competitive with a healthy Ben.

  41. jtbsteeler says: Mar 26, 2014 9:28 AM

    Flacco doesn’t make his WR’s better. It’s the reverse. He needs security blankets like Linus.

    Mason
    Boldin
    Pitta(overpaid and mediocre. will never be Heath)
    Steve Smith

    Big Ben has a who’s who list of WR’s he’s made $$$ for.

    After 6 seasons, Flacco has peaked

  42. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 26, 2014 10:05 AM

    change his play to insure he is able to play three or four more years.

    My god droolingfool you are DREAMING!!! Please wake up friend b/c your QB has almost all fake teeth and is one helmet less motorcycle ride away from being a potato. I really hope it is Sizzle that puts him out of his misery. Then he can just hang out in restrooms across Spittsburg.

  43. Future HOF 20xx says: Mar 26, 2014 10:20 AM

    If Ben had such a great year and is such a difference maker why did they finish exactly the same as the year before?

    Hello? Class? Anyone? Didn’t think so…

    Going to be wailing and crying in Steeler Nation next couple years as they come to grips with Has-Been Ben as his contract runs out.

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 26, 2014 11:01 AM

    Going to be wailing and crying in Steeler Nation next couple years as they come to grips with Has-Been Ben as his contract runs out.

    Has been. Ben ? Ben makes his receivers better JumpBallJoe needs receivers to make him average…as in last year without Boldin to bail him out.

    No wailing and crying because the fan base has been thru this before and is far more mature than the knuckle scrapers and mouth breathers in Baltimore. Remember every team is one hit away from mediocrity when their starter goes down skippy…..SB with Tyrod leading the way…please excuse my coffee came out of my nose as I laughed.

  45. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 26, 2014 11:18 AM

    Ben makes his receivers better

    And Mike “Dem Jukes” Tomlin makes his special teams unit better by being on the field with them! Despite coaching the team I hate, I actually had a lot of respect for Tomlin. That changed real quick. Your coach is now a pathetic cheater.

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 26, 2014 11:26 AM

    And Mike “Dem Jukes” Tomlin makes his special teams unit better by being on the field with them! Despite coaching the team I hate, I actually had a lot of respect for Tomlin. That changed real quick. Your coach is now a pathetic cheater.

    Stay on topic moron as Tomlin was not mentioned until your childish reference to Tomlins accident. Coming from a Lewis and Rice supporter that is comical……and very hypocritical….Ravens will never ever have the moral high ground skippy.

  47. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 26, 2014 11:48 AM

    Lol “accident”? You are as pathetic as Tomlin if you believe that garbage. Either he was intentionally trying to give his team an advantage, or he was to freaking stupid to realize he was in the middle of coaching a professional football game, and if that is the case he shouldn’t be allowed to fill up the water bottles let alone hold a clipboard. Or maybe he was stoned, let’s test the coaches. Lol and you call me a moron for going “off topic”? You and the other Neanderthal steel workers on this site spew your random Spittsburg crapola on every ravens article available. If this were Sparta you would’ve been tossed off a cliff at birth. Pathetic.

  48. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 26, 2014 12:13 PM

    And please continue to argue with me about your aging team, cheater coach, and bathroom predator QB, on an article about a RAVENS cornerback (that doesn’t even mention the word Steelers or spittsburg). Thus further proving my point about your crap-spewing.

  49. krispyone says: Mar 26, 2014 12:16 PM

    youplayinfoosball says:
    Mar 26, 2014 11:48 AM
    Lol “accident”? You are as pathetic as Tomlin if you believe that garbage. Either he was intentionally trying to give his team an advantage, or he was to freaking stupid to realize he was in the middle of coaching a professional football game, and if that is the case he shouldn’t be allowed to fill up the water bottles let alone hold a clipboard. Or maybe he was stoned, let’s test the coaches. Lol and you call me a moron for going “off topic”? You and the other Neanderthal steel workers on this site spew your random Spittsburg crapola on every ravens article available. If this were Sparta you would’ve been tossed off a cliff at birth. Pathetic

    And if you look at every article about the Pittsburgh Steelers (thats their name, changing somethings name to try and insult makes you look childish and uneducated) Ravens fans spew just as much crap as Steeler fans do on Raven articles. But I dont see you trying to call them out for it, that makes you a hypocrite!!!

  50. krispyone says: Mar 26, 2014 12:18 PM

    youplayinfoosball says:
    Mar 26, 2014 10:05 AM
    change his play to insure he is able to play three or four more years.

    My god droolingfool you are DREAMING!!! Please wake up friend b/c your QB has almost all fake teeth and is one helmet less motorcycle ride away from being a potato. I really hope it is Sizzle that puts him out of his misery. Then he can just hang out in restrooms across Spittsburg

    This post right here shows what kind of a person you are, hoping somebodys career gets ruined not only shows you have no respect for the game and others but shows YOU ARE A MORON!!

  51. guitarkevin says: Mar 26, 2014 1:00 PM

    KrispyOne – you are being a hypocrite. Please don’t associate yourself with the Ravevns if that is the kind of attitude you are going to have.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 26, 2014 1:31 PM

    Ravens will likely sign Smith to a long-term deal at $20M per season.

  53. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 26, 2014 1:38 PM

    Ravens will likely sign Smith to a long-term deal at $20M per season

    And he will knock Le’veon back to middle school again, and again, and again, and again. Werff. My my the short memories you all have. I bet his “Bell” is still ringing. HA! But seriously those are the type of hits that shorten careers.

  54. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 26, 2014 2:05 PM

    I hope Smith does have a bunch of tackles against Bell. Since, ya know, Smith plays in the 2nd level.

  55. hess97 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:11 PM

    Jimmy Smith is Jerome Boger’s best buddy.

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