Ravens pick up fifth-year option on CB Smith

Ravens pick up fifth-year option on CB Smith
April 18, 2014, 7:15 am
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Jimmy Smith is a cornerback in vogue in today’s NFL - tall (6-foot-2) and physical, able to match up with receivers of any size. There was never a doubt the Ravens would pick up his fifth-year contract option by the May 3 deadline.  The Ravens did exactly that recently, according to multiple reports, and confirmed by a league source to CSN Baltimore. Smith is now signed through 2015, and the Ravens hope to work out a long-term deal that will keep Smith in Baltimore even longer.

The Ravens think Smith will develop into one of the league’s top corners. He took steps toward doing that last season. With Lardarius Webb having a full season under his belt following knee surgery, the Ravens feel very confident in their top two corners.

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It took some time for Smith to develop after being a first-round draft choice in 2011 (No. 27), but his confidence has grown every season. The turning point for him was the 2012 playoff run, when Smith played well and prevented Michael Crabtree from catching a potential game-winning pass in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLVII.

The 49ers wanted holding on that play. Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira has said a no-call was the right call.

It has become clear the Ravens made the right call by drafting Smith. At age 25, his best football should be in front of him.