Steve Smith is going to join the Ravens.
I don’t KNOW that for certain, but I’d bet a few chinese lunches on it.
And I’m OK with it.
I’ll admit, I don’t like the way he trashed his former team yesterday. It smells of bad character to smash the organization that gave you life in the profession. If you’re one of those guys who says, “The Panthers cut him, what do you want him to say?”, I’d merely remind you of how Todd Heap handled his termination a few years ago or the way Jameel McClain went out with dignity yesterday when he joined the New York Giants after a nice run in Baltimore.
I’ll also remind you — and myself, honestly — that it’s not always a bad thing to have a guy in the November of his career get the bit between his teeth one more time for a run at glory. Maybe it’s good that Steve Smith is angry with the Panthers, as misguided as it might be.
Here’s what I know about Steve Smith.
Even at age 35 (when the season begins) and with 50,000 miles of tread on his tires, he’s still a better receiver than anyone on the roster not named Torrey Smith.
That either speaks to the Ravens’ dire need for better pass catchers or a career that started in 2001 and includes 836 receptions and over 12,000 yards receiving.
Steve Smith is more dangerous than Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson and Jacoby Jones, combined. Over his last nine seasons, Smith has proved to be very durable, missing just nine games in that span. He’s accumulated over 3,000 yards receiving in the last three seasons — so it would appear he’s not just petering out with nothing to give at the end of his career.
I still wouldn’t mind seeing the Ravens go after a high-profile wide receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft, but at this stage, I’ll take Steve Smith and move on to other roster issues.
Just adding Steve Smith to the wide receiving corps isn’t good enough for me, but adding Smith for 2014 is a good start.