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Torrey Smith quietly enters his contract year

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When thinking about the current state of the Ravens’ corps of pass catchers, several names emerge before the player who has every reason to emerge in 2014 as one of the better wideouts in the NFL.

Torrey Smith, a second-round pick in 2011, enters the final year of his rookie contract with no current indication that the Ravens are prepared to extend his deal.  In his third season, Smith cracked the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time, generating 1,128 yards on a career-high 65 catches.  That puts Smith at No. 17 among all pass-catchers, and it creates a potential conundrum regarding his worth.

On one hand, Smith had a great year given the lack of complementary weapons.  On the other hand, a high-end wideout should have had even better numbers, especially without players like Anquan Boldin (who was traded in the 2013 offseason) and tight end Dennis Pitta (who missed most of the year with a dislocated hip) not siphoning off throws.

This year, Smith will be sharing the stage with a healthy Pitta, a newly-arrived Steve Smith, a currently-underrated Owen Daniels, and a frequently-overlooked Jacoby Jones, who contributed 455 yards after missing time with a Week One knee injury.  To get a big-money, long-term deal, Smith needs to emerge once again as the top option — and to find an even higher ceiling of production.

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  1. tom62215 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:00 PM

    Oozie is a known expert in these problems.

  2. xinellum says: Jul 6, 2014 12:07 PM

    Ravens will sign him. Ozzie won’t let a talent like that get away. The Ravens have designated him a must have player just like Pitta and the Ravens made it happen with him as well. And there is always the franchise tag to buy time next year if necessary but I don’t believe it will be necessary.

  3. wryly1 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:15 PM

    The other piece to the conundrum is Ravens have a very average/mediocre regular season QB with a $100 meg contract.

  4. kings1500 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:34 PM

    The reason he didn’t have more numbers was because teams double teamed him.

  5. archersofmtdoom says: Jul 6, 2014 12:35 PM

    He can have a great year if they throw jump balls & get busted coverage for 16 straight games.

  6. speakerfothehouse says: Jul 6, 2014 12:38 PM

    Smith is pretty underrated. He plays in that bogged down offense where Flacco cant get him the ball consistently. We all saw him during the SB run, playing like a mad-man.

    Let’s see what Kubiak can do with him. I think he could be a Top 15 guy but it depends on Flacco.

  7. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 6, 2014 12:42 PM

    Jacoby small hands jones is not overlooked.

  8. mysterytonite says: Jul 6, 2014 1:21 PM

    This guy is going to break the bank like Mike Wallace did a couple of years ago if he hits the open market. The Ravens will probably be forced to franchise him though. I can’t see them giving him a 5 year 50+ million dollar deal, don’t think they could afford that even if they wanted to. Flacco’s going to have to give back some of that money that he stole from Ozzie if he wants his team to stay competitive.

  9. dontstabmeray says: Jul 6, 2014 1:26 PM

    Of course his numbers aren’t good….look who is throwing him the ball.

  10. scoobies05 says: Jul 6, 2014 1:55 PM

    Just love how people dismiss a super bowl mvp quarterback. you wanna talk about stealing money, what have the Steelers won since paying big belt ben

  11. ravensrunthenfl says: Jul 6, 2014 2:02 PM

    The reason you don’t hear about it is because he would rather not cause a distraction that could be detrimental to the teams success. This is a very common characteristic amongst ravens players one that makes the ravens so successful.

  12. themagicfanguy says: Jul 6, 2014 2:26 PM

    Flacco should give that SB MVP trophy to Boldin for making Flacco look good and getting him a 100 million dollar contract.

  13. dapurplnblkgovna says: Jul 6, 2014 2:33 PM

    Mediocre QB, PAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! His running game was nonexistent, his go-to receiver was injured for 3/4 of the season, his other speed option was injured on a fluke play in Week 1 and he was relying on a rookie undrafted free agent to produce for him. Torrey Smith will get extended at some point, the Ravens will not let him hit the market. All that kid knows is Maryland/Virginia and he doesn’t want to leave the Ravens won’t give him the option either

  14. Eutaw's Finest says: Jul 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    Geniuses: Flacco’s contract only takes on a sizable cap hit through next year. Beyond that if they cut him it’s a $2M hit. But I wouldn’t expect you moron trolls to post objectively about the Ravens as opposed to spewing idiocy…

    Speaking of which where’s Rusty and his noodle arm QB, and crown? Surprised they haven’t chimed in to blame Flacco too.

  15. wakaflaccoflame says: Jul 6, 2014 2:44 PM

    “Torrey Smith, a second-round pick in 2011, enters the final year of his rookie contract with no current indication that the Ravens are prepared to extend his deal.”

    Except for the part where Ozzie and the organization said they wanted to extend him this season.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 6, 2014 3:14 PM

    Just love how people dismiss a super bowl mvp quarterback. you wanna talk about stealing money, what have the Steelers won since paying big belt ben

    I thought this thread was about Torrey Smith, but some how it’s Flacco and Big Ben? My guess is a Raven baby has his sensitivities stepped on…wawawawawawaaaaaaa.
    Ben has three Super Bowl appearances and is getting paid for past performance. Lastly, no Steeler fans were beating up your hero so your knee jerk response is more jerk than knee. Ice up son….lots of people know Flacco is not that good.

  17. scoobies05 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:37 PM

    yup…soon as a ravens thread appears, there You are with your ffalse morality and overblown hypocrisy. talk about someone’s feelings getting hurt. there there…lots of people know you are a fraud

  18. thrstr says: Jul 6, 2014 4:21 PM

    Say bye-bye to Torrey while you can Crow fans. You’re too busy paying “a top 5 QB” to keep anyone else. Can’t see that? Chug another Natty Boh, Baltimorons.

  19. udontknowjaq says: Jul 6, 2014 5:04 PM

    “you wanna talk about stealing money, what have the Steelers won since paying big belt ben”

    Scoobs, How about beating the Ravens 3 times in 1 season & 2 times overall in the playoffs & a SB game winning TD!

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 6, 2014 5:06 PM

    yup…soon as a ravens thread appears, there You are with your ffalse morality and overblown hypocrisy. talk about someone’s feelings getting hurt. there there…lots of people know you are a fraud

    As a supporter of the Ravens and Ray Rice you are hardly the one to be tossing around the terms morality and hypocrisy. Follow this thread you will see I am hardly going solo on calling out the most immoral team in the league, but that hurts your feelings. Ice up son the truth will do that.

    The Ravens will not let Torrey go….who else they got….oh I know old and slow Smith.

  21. mysterytonite says: Jul 6, 2014 5:07 PM

    Honestly, we all know Torrey went to U of M and is playing in B-more but you are an idiot if you think he will take and underwhelming deal to keep playing with a middle of the road qb like Flacco. If he was playing with Manning or Rogers sure, but c’mon man, Baltimore’s championship run is dead. It died the day Ray retired and Flacco signed that contract.

    Torrey will hit F/A market and he will get a deal like Wallace because there is no way the Ravens will pay him 10+ mill a year to stay around. They can’t.

  22. watermelon1 says: Jul 6, 2014 5:08 PM

    His numbers aren’t better because his quarterback isn’t that good.

    And no, Owen Daniels isn’t underrated. He’s simply slow and not that good. He Shouldn’t even be on the field if Pitta is healthy.

    Agreed on Jacoby Jones being underrated. Not sure if Steve Smith helps the team or hurts them by taking snaps away from a guy like Jacoby.

    Time will tell, but with Flacco making the throws… It’s hard to be optimistic about any of them having huge numbers.

  23. hakunamangata says: Jul 6, 2014 5:13 PM

    Ozzie has been the ravens gm for their entire run of 18 season. In those 18 seasons the ravens have had 6 losing seasons with half of those coming after they moved from Cleveland.

    He didn’t create that run by letting good players walk out the door and I expect Torrey to be a raven for years to come.

    But please continue to think he’s overrated and overpaid for a Super Bowl MVP qb. You obviously know a lot more about football than he does.

  24. hakunamangata says: Jul 6, 2014 5:18 PM

    Also gotta love how everyone but Joe helped the ravens win the Super Bowl during the playoff run. Now it’s Torrey who took over games, before it was Anquan, or pitta and the ever popular “Jacoby should of been MVP”.

    Hey if every receiver had a big game, at a different time then maybe the qb had something to say about that?

    Naaaaaaaah that makes too much sense.

  25. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 6, 2014 5:52 PM

    Naaaaaaaah that makes too much sense.

    What makes sense is you Raven fans can’t deal with how you are perceive outside of the inner harbor. It’s not all Joe’s fault in victory or loss …it’s a team game. But it took five years of playoffs before a SB ….that’s Andy a Dalton with two years left. Yup it’s hard to swallow…want to compare with Ben go ahead.

    Reality hurts so ice up hank

  26. scoobies05 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:05 PM

    morality lessons from a fan of a team who employs big Ben. that’s just great. your false morality is old and tired. speak out against Ben or any of the other members of the Steelers who have had criminal run ins and then we can talk. and I never ever heard you say anything when pouncey supported Hernandez. you are a joke

  27. hakunamangata says: Jul 6, 2014 6:26 PM

    Andy Dalton has yet to win a playoff game, joes won more road playoff games than anyone in league history.

    Andy Dalton has three skill position pro bowl receivers, joe hasn’t had any. He has had ray rice, vonte leach and leron McClain though so I suppose that’s fair for a passing game.

    But if you want to compare to Ben that’s fine. In their first six years bens had two Super Bowls and three AFC championship appearances. But Joe’s had three AFC championship appearances as well and his Super Bowl saw him as the MVP, not a receiver. Plus didn’t Ben post the worst qb rating for a super bowl winner in history in sb40?

    But you’re right five years of consistently making it into the playoffs and then winning the Super Bowl is far too long. Just look at the mighty steelers who’ve only had five consecutive playoff seasons twice in their 81 year history.

    Reality does hurt, especially when you use a catch phrase of a player on the opposing team as yours.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 6, 2014 6:49 PM

    Andy Dalton has yet to win a playoff game, joes won more road playoff games than anyone in league history.

    Andy Dalton has three skill position pro bowl receivers, joe hasn’t had any. He has had ray rice, vonte leach and leron McClain though so I suppose that’s fair for a passing game.

    But if you want to compare to Ben that’s fine. In their first six years bens had two Super Bowls and three AFC championship appearances. But Joe’s had three AFC championship appearances as well and his Super Bowl saw him as the MVP, not a receiver. Plus didn’t Ben post the worst qb rating for a super bowl winner in history in sb40?

    But you’re right five years of consistently making it into the playoffs and then winning the Super Bowl is far too long. Just look at the mighty steelers who’ve only had five consecutive playoff seasons twice in their 81 year history.

    Reality does hurt, especially when you use a catch phrase of a player on the opposing team as yours.

    I guess winning t-shirts is a big deal in the Charm as it does expand your Dalit wardrobe. You are reaching about the catch phrase, but as a Raven fan it’s a skill you must develop. Just remember you are the a Browns moved to Baltimore.
    Scoops I am not defending a wife beater you and your team are….and in case you haven’t heard most of the fans think the organization will feel the backlash for supporting the abuse of women. We are not talking about Steelers beating up anybody are we?

  29. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 6, 2014 7:03 PM

    The ravens wanted to get him signed, but the number-crunchers in the FO are still trying to carry all those zeroes in Flacco’s contract. You hear a lot of “this can’t be right, maybe if we try the new math.”

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 6, 2014 7:05 PM

    And if you want to compare Flacco to Ben, shouldn’t he have at least 1 playoff victory against him?

  31. hakunamangata says: Jul 6, 2014 7:21 PM

    And if you want to compare Flacco to Ben, shouldn’t he have at least 1 playoff victory against him?

    Sure, Joe’s lost to Brady once, manning once, and Ben twice

    I’d be willing to agree those are three better QBs at this stage of his career than Joe.

    Ben meanwhile has lost to Tebow and Gerard.

    So by your logic are Gerard and Tebow superior to Ben?

  32. raiderapologist says: Jul 6, 2014 7:51 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 6, 2014 6:49 PM

    Reality does hurt, especially when you use a catch phrase of a player on the opposing team as yours.
    ————-
    Speaking of the catch phrase, you forgot to tell everyone to ice up, son.

  33. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 6, 2014 8:01 PM

    I’d be willing to agree those are three better QBs at this stage of his career than Joe.

    Ben meanwhile has lost to Tebow and Gerard.

    So by your logic are Gerard and Tebow superior to Ben?

    Spin it any way you want with your cute comparisons Ben has three visits to the a Super Bowl, no convictions, no spousal abuse. But he didn’t lose to Tebow… The team did…after all it’s a team game Einstein …which you of all people posing Mensa like should know.

  34. bigjayoakersonfan says: Jul 6, 2014 9:22 PM

    Since paying Big Ben, he’s delivered one Super Bowl victory and has appeared in another. He’s already returned their investment on him. ‘Franchise’ QBs can spend their entire career chasing a ring, but never get it.

    Despite the mind-numbing dislike for the guy many have, he’s a unique kind of QB that all should appreciate watching.

    He’s not the technically sound QB that Brady or Manning is, but he’s spectacular in his own way.

    If you’re a fan of pro ball, enjoy watching seven play, you’ll never seen another one like him.

  35. kylehyman says: Jul 7, 2014 7:56 AM

    Dear NoFoolNoDrool,

    Wasn’t it Big Ben who raped that girl? Oh yeah, it was. The reason why that girl dropped the case is because she knew it wasn’t worth it, he could get any lawyer he wanted, and ultimately, win. No attorney of hers would be anywhere near as good as his. She didn’t want to waste the time.

  36. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 7, 2014 8:26 AM

    You cant have a complete discussion on Torrey’s stats without including the 82 penalty yards he gets on 2 bogus PI calls/game.

  37. scoobies05 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:38 AM

    ffirst of all Skippy. I have never defended Ray rice. he did what he did and deserves what he gets. but you want the Ravens to come down on rice for abusing women but you conveniently and hypocritically dismiss Ben’s transgressions against…women. that’s why you are a fraud and a hypocrite. Steelers can do what they want in your eyes and all we hear from you are attacks that are worthless because deep down you know you are wrong. at the end of the day this is a business. it’s all about making money. anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool…skippy

  38. jtbsteeler says: Jul 7, 2014 1:40 PM

    Torrey Smith isn’t on Mike Wallace’s level. Ravens fans will try to put anything out there. No way will Torrey Smith get a $60 Mil deal. No way.

    More like $15 mill for 4 years.

  39. jtbsteeler says: Jul 7, 2014 1:54 PM

    Less than three weeks until camp. When the Steelers are good, we’re arrogant and you lose sleep.

    Sorry, sleepy head.

  40. scoobies05 says: Jul 7, 2014 2:54 PM

    so now Mike Wallace is good? lol. I will take torrey every time. he is a very good but not great receiver who works to get better. Wallace is…well…he’s Mike Wallace

  41. scrogginsca says: Jul 7, 2014 3:01 PM

    Ravens Fan here:

    I am going to try to keep it strictly about Torrey Smith.

    Torrey is going to get resigned because of the following: good #2 receiver possible #1, hard worker, great character guy, great teammate, organization loves him, and does a lot work in the DMV community.

    If Torrey excels this year, it will because this offense becomes less predictable. We can debate if about Joe being elite (Joe is good not elite qb, who has an elite arm). Too many times over the existence of the Ravens organization, everyone watching knew what they were going to do on offense. Hopefully, Kubiak can bring some stability to this side of the ball. This will determine the amount of Torrey’s next contract.

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 7, 2014 3:30 PM

    ffirst of all Skippy. I have never defended Ray rice. he did what he did and deserves what he gets. but you want the Ravens to come down on rice for abusing women but you conveniently and hypocritically dismiss Ben’s transgressions against…women. that’s why you are a fraud and a hypocrite. Steelers can do what they want in your eyes and all we hear from you are attacks that are worthless because deep down you know you are wrong. at the end of the day this is a business. it’s all about making money. anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool…skippy

    Your memory is very narrowly focused as on many occasions I have indicated I frowned on Ben’s non indicted transgressions…..but we are not talking about Ben. We are talking about a team that stands behind an abuser of women as you do. The coach calls it a silly event this summer…really? When Ben had problems the word in the burg was the Rooneys were pissed and they did not support his actions. Again Ben wasn’t convicted nor plead guilty to anything. Ben lost four games and wasn’t even convicted of anything. I am very disappointed in your usage of the terms fraud and hypocrite which are what most people use to describe a recently retired Raven MLB. Since when is telling the truth an attack? I am glad to hear you feel in business it’s ok to be immoral, abusive and destroy evidence…..fraud …anyone?

  43. scoobies05 says: Jul 7, 2014 3:41 PM

    yes…the Rooney family was so outraged by Ben’s antics that they gave him 100 million dollars. and I think the Rooney family is great. they have done as much to help the league as anyone. that being said, Ben equals wins equals money so they kept him. as far as destroying evidence, where is the missing videotape from the bar where Ben was. or don’t we talk about that. finally, you don’t lake being labeled a fraud or a hypocrite which is very hypocritical of you since you constantly get personal with ravens fans, the city of baltimore, and anyone who dares disagrees with your opinions. you are the one who calls people out. if you don’t like taking it, stop dishing it

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 7, 2014 4:10 PM

    yes…the Rooney family was so outraged by Ben’s antics that they gave him 100 million dollars. and I think the Rooney family is great. they have done as much to help the league as anyone. that being said, Ben equals wins equals money so they kept him. as far as destroying evidence, where is the missing videotape from the bar where Ben was. or don’t we talk about that. finally, you don’t lake being labeled a fraud or a hypocrite which is very hypocritical of you since you constantly get personal with ravens fans, the city of baltimore, and anyone who dares disagrees with your opinions. you are the one who calls people out. if you don’t like taking it, stop dishing it

    I am just stopping from laughing at your post. Many Raven fans have made disparaging comments about the Steelers, their fans, and the city. I answered those not iniated them…big difference. I could careless what you are attempting to call me , but keep in mind I have committed no abuse on women, destroyed no evidence and don’t support any one that does. My morals can’t be bought like yours so label away and continued whining for respect that your team and it’s QB will never get. The fact you want respect so bad makes it more enjoyable to watch you beg for it.

  45. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 7, 2014 8:16 PM

    Torrey Smith deserves more respect than his whining fan base creates. Good luck in your dealings with the most unethical franchise in sports..Lewis, Suggs, and the elevator man Ray one,punch and she is,out a Rice.

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