Sep 11, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith (52) jogs off the field during a game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports
The Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement with free agent linebacker Daryl Smith, who played in only two games last season due to a groin injury. Prior to that injury, Smith was one of the better weakside linebackers in the AFC, and in 2011, Smith registered 107 tackles and eight passes deflected.
Smith is also the all-time leader in tackles for Jacksonville with 679 stops. In his career, Smith has also registered 21.5 sacks and six interceptions.
He can play the weakside and strongside, and will provide a true veteran presence to a Ravens defense that saw most of it’s veteran leaders depart this offseason via free agency or retirement.
Also, according to the baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, the Ravens are going through injuries to several starting LBs, including Jameel McClain, who still isn’t fully cleared from a spinal cord contusion.
Rolando McClain retired this offseason while dealing with multiple legal problems.
Second-round pick Arthur Brown is sidelined until training camp as he recovers from hernia surgery. It looks as though Smith could be starter in Week 1 if this keeps up.