I’ll take Steve Smith in Baltimore

March 14, 2014 | Drew Forrester

I’ll take Steve Smith in Baltimore

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.

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  1. BmoreB Says:

    This needs to happen not just for his obvious skills as a WR but the attitude and determination that he brings as well.

    If Smith is in fact signed today, why not gamble a little and make a run at Mack ? With a subsequent trade up in the draft to get our #1 WR of the future.

  2. The armchair qb Says:

    Anquan Boldin with….speed! Take him in a heartbeat!

  3. John in Westminster Says:

    I’d love for him to show as well as us getting a quality WR in the draft. However, I think he’s using us to set the market and there’s a good chance someone pays him more than what he’s worth.

  4. unitastoberry Says:

    I’m on some other NFL message boards and the thought is from Panther fans (mostly) he still has a season left as a 2 or 3 receiver. I don’t know. Right player right price?

  5. lakerboy Says:

    For all the truly outstanding players that Ozzie Newsome, Phil Savage, Eric DeCosta…etcetera, have brought to Baltimore over the years, for some reason wide reciever has been one position where the Ravens brass has not shown much draft acumen. The years have been literally littered with pass catchers who have never lived up to their potential, or who have simply flamed out. A short sampling of those receivers would include, Mark Clayton, Travis Taylor, Yamon Figurs, Devard Darling, Patrick Johnson and the latest, Tandon Doss.
    The best receiver in recent memory would probably be Anquan Boldin, and he came to Baltimore via free agency. The second best might be Derek Mason, and he was a free agent too. Based on the checkered draft history with wideouts, I hope Ozzie obtains a pass catcher through free agency, since things have never worked out real well drafting that position. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Steve Smith isn’t Andre Rison in sheep’s clothing.

  6. Robert Says:

    No matter what wide-outs ultimately wind up on the roster, Flacco needs a solid line behind which to maneuver. Since Smith is apparently a done deal now, I’ll weigh in with one word: Meh.

  7. Craig Says:

    Is he an upgrade over Boldin? What was price differential between the two?

  8. Franchise Says:

    Drew-

    Ozzie’s track record of selecting a WR in the first round includes busts Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton.

    The best available RT to solidify OL is the need pick in first round.

    Torre Smith, Jacoby Jones, Deonte Thompson, & Steve Smith (slot) work for me with Pitta at TE….

    What about RB Tre Mason from Auburn???…Will he be available in second round???

    Regards,

    Franchise

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