Could the Ravens make a run at Panthers WR Smith?

Could the Ravens make a run at Panthers WR Smith?
March 12, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Could the Ravens be the next landing spot for veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, who is apparently done with the Panthers? The Ravens are looking for a wide receiver, and Smith’s relationship with the Panthers sounds damaged beyond repair. His agent, Derrick Fox, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he expects Smith to be released.

Fox told the AP that Smith, “is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that."

The Panthers are shopping Smith, but interested teams might simply wait for Smith to be released.

Smith is the Panthers’ all-time leading receiver with 836 catches for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns. Smith’s skill set fits the Ravens, who need a physical receiver who can make tough catches in traffic for quarterback Joe Flacco. Smith has built a reputation as one of the NFL’s fiercest competitors. At age 34, and without a Super Bowl ring, Smith would likely see plenty to like about joining the Ravens.

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Last season, Smith caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns. He would not need to be a 1,000-yard receiver to help the Ravens, playing in the same lineup with Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. Is their room for another Smith in the Ravens’ receiving corps? We may find out soon.

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