Thursday, June 6, 2013
Smith found nice landing spot with Ravens
By Paul Kuharsky
The Baltimore Ravens are very smart about player acquisitions and have a good track record regarding who they add.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith signed with them Wednesday, and I don't know that he could have found a better landing spot.
Smith was a victim of bad timing. A durable player for his first eight years in Jacksonville, he became known for being underrated. Then in a big contract year a sports hernia cost him all but the last two games.
The Jaguars are turning over their roster. While a healthy Smith could have helped them for the next couple years, by the time the team is ready to contend, Smith would have been close to the end.
So general manager David Caldwell focused his attention elsewhere.
It's too bad Smith had to wait so long to find a new home. After playing in a 4-3 for most of his time in Jacksonville, he'll now look to secure a role as an inside linebacker in a 3-4.
If he makes that transition smoothly, he'll have a chance to flourish in his chance with the Ravens.