The Baltimore Ravens have now signed one of the grittiest players in the league as Adam Schefter of ESPN is now reporting that former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has signed a three-year contract.
Smith’s style of play should certainly fit the AFC North division well.
The Utah product will be entering his 14th year in the league in 2014 and even though he will turn 35 in May, he’s only missed nine games over the course of the last nine seasons. Two of those games missed during that span were a result of him breaking the nose of a teammate during a training camp fight in 2008 as he was suspended for those actions.
Last season with the Panthers, Smith caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns. However, his 11.6 yards per catch average was the lowest it’s been since the 2007 season when he caught 87 passes for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns.
According to several media reports, Smith’s three year deal totals out at $11.5 million and includes a $3.5 million signing bonus.