Ravens sign Daryl Smith


The Ravens were busy visiting the White House on Wednesday so they let the NFL’s daily personnel notice make the announcement of an addition they hope helps them make a return visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue again next season.

Baltimore has signed former Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith, a move presaged by reports of mutual interest between player and team in the last 24 hours. Smith was a 2004 second-round pick of the Jaguars and was a mainstay in their starting lineup for much of the last decade before a groin injury limited him to two games last year.

Smith adds to the team’s options at inside linebacker, where they are replacing Dannell Ellerbe and Ray Lewis. They also have Jameel McClain and second-round pick Arthur Brown in the mix at the position, giving them a fair mix of experience and upside heading into the season.

The Ravens released linebacker Michael McAdoo to make room for Smith. McAdoo has spent the last two years sidelined by injuries, but his intriguing size will likely earn him at least a look elsewhere in the league.

13 responses to “Ravens sign Daryl Smith

  1. I thought the Steelers were going to sign him, but then I remembered that we are a good franchise.

  2. The only 2 question marks on the team are at ILB & WR. Looks like ILB now has 4-5 guys (D Smith, J McClain, A Brown, A McClellan, J Bynes & more) and the best of the bunch will see the field. Solid but unspectacular group. With an improved DL, this group will be OK.

    WR – replacing Anquan is gonna be tough. Pitta and Dickson will be asked to do more & one of a large group of unproven guys needs to step up and claim the job by outperforming the rest.

    As a ravens fan, I feel good abt this team. They need half a season to gel. When they do, they can make some noise in the playoffs.

  3. Let’s see, released a player who has been injured and never started with a regular starter for years, albeit a little older player. How can that not be seen as an upgrade?

  4. Logical voice, did you notice that the ravens were at the white house today? Yeah they were in DC picking up their championship rings from the president. The redskins were in Landover trying to teach RG3 how to walk again.

    The steelers, you are not world champs. The Ravens are world champs.

    Sleep tight!!!

  5. “I thought the Steelers were going to sign him, but then I remembered that we are a good franchise.”

    Easy to forget when your team can’t even put together a winning season.

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