Ravens Plan To Keep Jimmy Smith

It sounds like the Ravens will keep Jimmy Smith in the fold. While at the owners’ meetings, Ravens GM Eric DeCosta all but confirmed that the team will be moving forward with Smith, as Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic tweets

One of the greatest strengths of our team right now is our secondary. I think it would be foolish for us to make a strength a weakness for no reason,” DeCosta said.

Smith, 31 in July, is under contract for one more season with a whopping $15MM cap number. The Ravens and Smith agreed to a 2017 restructure, ballooning his cap figure to this level. Releasing Smith would save $9.5MM against Baltimore’s cap, but it would also leave the club with $6.4MM in dead money. That’s not exactly an ideal scenario for the Ravens, so an extension or restructuring could make more sense than an outright release.

Last year, Smith served a four-game suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident. In 2017, he also missed four games due to an Achilles tear that coincided with a four-game suspension for PEDs.

The Ravens lost Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Eric Weddle from their top-tier defense. They will still have one of the league’s oldest secondaries, with the soon-to-be 30-year-old Earl Thomas coming in to join 30-somethings Smith, Brandon Carr and Tony Jefferson. Both Carr and Smith were potential cap casualties, but each is instead set to be part of an experienced Ravens DB corps.

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      • Jcool90

        Yo dude man, I tell you, whoever makes these things honestly needs to look up there info before they post stuff lol. Like bud, really? I’m Baltimore fan for every sport. I know sad lol Ravens gonna suck and then don’t get me start on the Oreos. But bud lol check and get your facts straight!!!! Hahaha hope y’all have blessed evening.

        • LordShade

          Hey, you never know. A great defense and running the ball constantly will throw a lot of teams off their game.

          • crosseyedlemon

            7 of the top 8 teams in time of possession reached the playoffs last season and the Ravens led that category.

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