Wake-up caw: Ravens to land Steve Smith?

The Baltimore Ravens are considered the favorite to land Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith if he's released, a source told Yahoo Sports.

According to the report, the Ravens aren't interested in trading for Smith, but would pursue him if he was cut by Carolina. Sources told ESPN on Tuesday that the Panthers aren't having success shopping Smith because of his relatively large salary-cap number ($7 million).

The Yahoo report gets vague when addressing whether Smith wants to play for the Ravens. According Yahoo, "it is believed" that the Ravens are among the teams he would consider if cut.

At this point, it comes across as a speculative piece. But it doesn't take league sources to connect the Ravens and Smith.

This is what I wrote Tuesday on why Smith should be among the Ravens' potential targets:

The Panthers are reportedly trying to trade Smith, and they could ultimately release him. Smith is the type of clutch, go-to receiver the Ravens need. He also brings an intensity and work ethic that can rub off on young receivers. The biggest problem is Smith turns 35 in May and he's coming off his second-least productive season over the past nine years. He had 64 catches for 745 yards and four touchdowns.

David Newton, ESPN's Panthers team reporter, wrote Tuesday that Smith's release seemed imminent. If the Panthers cut their all-time leading receiver, we'll all find out how interested the Ravens truly are.

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