Ravens free-agent rankings: No. 5

March, 3, 2014
3/03/14
2:00
PM ET
Let's continue the ranking of the Baltimore Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents:

No. 5: Daryl Smith

Position: Middle linebacker

The good: Smith made everyone forget that Ray Lewis was gone last season. He led the Ravens with 123 tackles and finished with five sacks, three interceptions, 19 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. His 37-yard interception return for a touchdown was the turning point in a 30-9 victory against the Houston Texans. Smith wanted to prove he's still a starter-caliber linebacker in the NFL after missing most of the 2012 season with a sports hernia.

The bad: Age has to be a small concern. Smith turns 32 in several weeks. He started off strong with an average of nearly nine tackles in his first nine games. His productivity tailed off in the second half, when he averaged six tackles over his last seven games.

The bottom line: The Ravens are trying to get Smith signed before free agency begins March 11. He is a priority after the team cut Jameel McClain. The other inside linebackers on the roster with experience are Arthur Brown and Josh Bynes. The Ravens would prefer a short-term deal (two or three years) because of Smith's age.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.