Harbaugh: "That ends that and that stings."
Daryl Smith, at age 31, was the Ravens’ best inside linebacker this season and wants to be back. However, will the Ravens and Smith find common ground on a deal that works for both? Smith, a free agent, said he hoped to return. He led the Ravens in tackles, helping to fill the void left by the departures of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe.
“I love it here and would love to be back,” said Smith, who spent his entire career with the Jaguars before this season. “We’ll see how it goes, though. “I think they want me back, but we’ll see. I know they’ve got a lot of stuff to do this year, and a lot of guys up (with their contracts). So, we’ll see.”
After suffering through many losing seasons in Jacksonville, Smith thought he was joining a team that would make another run at a Super Bowl. That made missing the playoffs even more disappointing for him.
“Anytime you end the year like this and you’ll be at home watching the rest of the teams play, it sucks," Smith said. "But, it is what we earned, and the only thing you can do is go back and regroup and come back stronger next year.
“I hoped for a different outcome. But it is what it is, and we’re going home.”
However, where Smith was headed next season remained to be seen.