Ravens CB Jimmy Smith To Test Free Agency?

The Ravens discussed a contract extension with veteran corner Jimmy Smith during the 2019 season, but the two sides could not come to terms. Although there is mutual interest in a reunion, it sounds like Smith will see if there are greener pastures on the open market.

At the scouting combine, Baltimore GM Eric DeCosta told reporters, including Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com, that he does not expect to strike an accord with Smith prior to the opening of free agency. “We’ve had conversations with Jimmy,” DeCosta said. “I suspect Jimmy’s going to want to hit the market and assess what his value is, as he probably should. He’s a veteran, he’s worked hard to see what his value is on the market. Lots of respect for Jimmy as a player. His agent and I have a really good relationship. So we’ll just see.”

The Ravens selected Smith, a Colorado product, in the first round of the 2011 draft. He eventually established himself as a legitimate No. 1 corner, and while he has struggled with injuries throughout his career, Baltimore’s defense has generally been markedly better when he’s on the field. The team already has standouts Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters under contract, but the secondary depth was a key piece of the Ravens’ defensive success in 2019, and DeCosta was clear that he would like Smith to return.

“Love to see him back in Baltimore,” the second-year GM said. “But he’s a free agent, so we’ll see what happens.”

If Smith does not re-sign with the Ravens, then that would make a Brandon Carr return more likely. If Smith does re-up, then Carr could be a cap casualty.

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  1. Patrick N.

    He will probably start slowing soon due to age and accumulation of injuries. Maybe a position switch in the near future to let him play on instincts instead of physicality?

  2. mgrap84

    Go ahead dude. Im sure a dumbass team will over pay for him and completely regret it when he gets hurt week 1, misses 10 games, comes back and gets hurt again. He just can’t stay healthy at all but is expecting to take home a big pay day. Guess we will have to see how it works out for him. Honestly Baltimore doesn’t really need him and doesn’t need to over pay for him either. We have other guys and other spots that need to be filled.

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