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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Wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones is scheduled to visit the New York Giants on Wednesday, although the Baltimore Ravens remain in the mix, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Dan Graziano, ESPN's Giants team reporter, thinks it makes sense for New York to look at Jones. "Jones would serve the dual purpose of solidifying the return game while also being able to help as a wide receiver," Graziano wrote. "He wouldn't necessarily be a Hakeem Nicks replacement at receiver, but he could help add depth at a position that didn't offer much last year."
Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe remained with the Ravens by agreeing to a five-year, $37.5 million deal, which is a bargain for left tackles. Here's a breakdown of Monroe's salary-cap numbers: $3.2 million (2014), $7.7 million (2015), $8.7 million (2016), $8.95 million (2017) and $8.95 million (2018).
Stop the presses: According to The Baltimore Sun, the Ravens have tendered contracts to all six of their exclusive rights free agents: LB Josh Bynes, S Omar Brown, S Anthony Levine, S Brynden Trawick, LB Adrian Hamilton and LB D.J. Bryant. That means they'll keep all of them because they're not really free agents.
The Ravens currently have 13 free agents: Graham, Jacoby Jones, ILB Daryl Smith, OT Michael Oher, ILB Jameel McClain, S James Ihedigbo, TE Ed Dickson, DT Terrence Cody, FB Vonta Leach, S Jeromy Miles, RB Bernard Scott, TE Dallas Clark and WR Tandon Doss (not tendered as a restricted free agent).