Torrey Smith won't let contract become distraction

Torrey Smith won't let contract become distraction
July 25, 2014, 9:15 am
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Does wide receiver Torrey Smith want a new contract heading into the final season of his current four-year deal? Yes.

Does Smith plan on letting his contract situation become a distraction? No.

Smith believes that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome will reach agreement on a deal that will keep Smith in Baltimore for a long time. If it happens soon, fine. If not, fine, as long as it happens. Smith will earn a base salary of $837,168 this season.

“I don’t think about the contract at all,” said Smith, coming of his best statistical season in 2013. “Every year’s important; I want to win. That kind of stuff takes care of itself. I’m not going to be out there on the field while I’m running a route like, ‘Man, Ozzie saw that!’ I’m here to win. I’m a Raven – always going to be a Raven. That’s all I worry about.

“The business side, I try to stay away from, because you can’t worry about things you can’t control. That’s how I’ve been. And I’ve watched guys that let things like that affect them, and to me, I just go out there, have fun and get better to help us win. I just go play ball.”

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Smith had career highs in yards (1,128) and catches (65) in 2013, but he only had four touchdowns, and just one TD over the last six games. One of the team’s hardest workers, Smith has worked diligently on his route running this offseason, and quarterback Joe Flacco has noticed.

“I was never quite comfortable throwing a little stop route (to Smith) when the (defender) was playing bump on him,” Flacco said “I think I was 100 percent with him these OTA’s and minicamp, and I feel really comfortable. I don’t know what it is. I don’t (know) if something is hitting his brain a little differently there, or something like that, but that’s just another example of him kind of getting a better understanding.”

Smith hopes this is his best season in Baltimore, capped by winning another Super Bowl. But no matter what happens, Smith is not planning on going anywhere.