Ravens Sign Former Panthers WR Steve Smith On Friday

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.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Just someone else to help Flacco get a P.I call

  • Tom

    Good move for the Ravens. They really needed an established third target after Torrey Smith and Pitta. Never could figure out why they gave Boldin away last year. “Ice Up son!”

  • Matt Manzo

    I can see Mitchell ending his year early. And hopefully not Smith making Mitchell look like Anthony Smith!
    I hope he doesn’t do anything for BA.

  • AzheDraven

    Damn, I liked Steve and now I must hate him. Hope he breaks Suggs nose. Ok not, but I will be watching Panthers at Ravens. And hoping no big fights when they face the Steelers.

    Also, so, is he now their no. 1 reciever? ‘Cause Torrey and Jacoby are not the best ones at the position. lol

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Can’t wait for Mitchell Vs. Smith this year, and also Smith Vs. Carolina

  • steelster

    would the steelers sign a 35 year old receiver that has been known to cause problems in the locker room.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Uhhh wasn’t Plaxico Burress 36 when we signed him?

  • Tom

    Would the Steelers make the same move…??? Probably not.
    But giving credit where it is due, Ozzie Newsome does a pretty fine job as GM in Baltimore.

  • ilamarca

    Meanwhile, the Steelers sit on their hands while they have 0 starting experience behind AB. I’m not saying SS would have been the right guy but they need to get A guy in there.

    I like Brandon La Fell personally. 6’2 and has made some plays.

  • steelster

    and how did that turn out?

  • steelster

    yes, but he missed on this one.

  • steelster

    La Fell is known for his drops.

  • Tom

    That would be a premature judgement.

    Like any move, only time will tell.

    They had a need, they filled it.
    How it turns out….wait and see.

    Personally, I think he upgrades the Ravens receiving corps.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Caught a TD then tore something, here is hoping they manage to get the same results or a little less

  • Crazy Bone

    Smart move…they seem to make more of them than the Steelers these days.

  • steelster

    wow, what a terrible move by the ravens, smith got 10.5 million for 3 years.

  • aaron walter

    My only concern is if he gets in flaccos face and makes him step up his game. Smith has an attitude the ravens offense needs. He’s a vet so his opinion will be respected. He wants a ring and probably believes he can get one with Baltimore (even though I don’t). He might boost moral rather than put up big numbers or it could be the opposite. He might be a distraction and deplete moral. Only time will tell.

  • RMSteeler

    Will just have to see how his durability continues trying to catch high and behind passes from Flacco over the middle. He my break Flacco’s nose after one of those.

  • T R

    But yet they ended up behind the Steelers in 3rd place in the division last year, so what smart moves do they do over us again? I think we have a vet receiver in Cotchery and we tried the 35+ receiver signing last year and he didnt make it out of training camp. so we will hold your praise to the Ravens for later.

  • patrick Mayfield

    me too. first skill player I like to suit up for the ratbirds

  • Jakob

    Really? This is the kind of move you would like the Steelers to make?

  • Steve

    Well said. Newsome has done wonders in Baltimore. They clean house on D last year and still were deicent. He also has plenty of cap room for more signings.

  • Steve

    Steelers are always up front and open with their employees. Would not be suprised if they told Cotch to wait until after the draft, then well sign you. Probably the same with Dwyer, told him Bye BYE!

  • Steve

    Smith is about the same as Hines, slow, steady and there when you need him to come up with the clutch catch over the middle.

  • Steve

    Ravens love leaders and Smith is one. Your probably right will get in Flacco’s face and tell him how it is.

  • T R

    but Hines had Ben throwing him the ball not Flaco.. and Hines was not 35 years old

  • sean mcmartin

    jury will be out on this move. If he brings the enthusiasm and ignites his fellow teammates against the division . they hit a homerun.

  • Steve

    Hines was 35 when he left, he is 38 now. Ben has been off a few times and can’t throw the Bomb like he could to Wallace. Flacco can still wing it and has the WR and RB to boot.

  • T R

    Im more afraid of NE and Denver and the Colts.. they all making some strong pushes now for this year.. The Steelers are seemingly staying steady and building another 8-8 team.. I dont need to rehash on the signings Denver did and NE with Revis and just signing Browner on Defense. I mean i knew we was not going to be a big hitter in FA but to watch Den, Colts and NE and even Tenn get better. Just know we have not gotten better yet.

  • Steve

    Indubidly!

  • sean mcmartin

    No doubt, Some of the numbers that have been paid out are slightly under what the Steelers have given out. If the player hasn’t been injured , they feel like they cant afford them. and settle for lesser talent.

  • Steve

    All is not lost, the “Sky is not Falling”. The draft is coming up, look at it positivily.

  • T R

    hey when u a fan of the Steelers, there is always positivity but hey you also know they can make you wait till the last damn minute to break ya heart.. i just wanted to break my heart now and then reverse it.

  • T R

    oh yes Ben can but it was kinda hard when u was running around.. Steve are you a Ravens fan? just saying.. what WR and what RB do they have again? no pro bro’er

  • steelster

    TR, what do you think of the steelers going after LaGarrette Blount ?

  • Steve

    Ravens fan – Them are Fighting words! Naw – grew up on the north side, went to Oliver in Da Hood! Torey Smith, Jacoby Jones (Hell – Smith, Smith and Jones,, sound familliar! And I aint studdering neither) Rice runs besides beating up on his women.

  • sean mcmartin

    I agree T R , The Steelers have not brought any top veteran talent into the fold and no outspoken leaders.
    the ravens seem to understand that concept.

  • T R

    Definite would. It heard. But I think they want a jchange if pace RB not a big one