The Baltimore Ravens have been making some major offseason moves thanks to General Manager Ozzie Newsome. So far this offseason, the Ravens have resigned outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, middle linebacker Daryl Smith, tight end Dennis Pitta, left tackle Eugene Monroe, and wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones.
The team has also acquired wide receiver Steve Smith from the Carolina Panthers. Smith signed a three-year deal with the Ravens worth a reported $11.5 million with an additional $3.5 million signing bonus.
“We’ve added one of the top competitors in the NFL to the Ravens,” Newsome said. “Steve is a proven player who has preformed his best in big games and on the biggest stages like the playoffs and Super Bowl. He adds toughness to our offense, big-play ability, and leadership to our team.”
Smith spent 13 seasons with the Panthers before signing with the Ravens. He will likely be the number two receiver behind Torrey Smith, but he will still be able to put up big numbers in that position. Smith was plagued with injuries last season, but he still managed to tally 64 receptions for 745 yards, which was more than any Ravens receiver behind Torrey Smith.
“I just love everything that it is to be a Baltimore Ravens,” Smith said after signing with the team. “So I’m looking forward to experiencing it all.”
Newsome also got to work signing strong safety Darian Stewart from the St. Louis Rams. In 2011, Stewart had 91 tackles and three sacks in his best season with the Rams. He also had two forced fumbles and one pick-six.
According to the Baltimore Ravens, Newsome was looking for a safety to match Matt Elam. With two competitive safeties on the roster, the Ravens will be able to make adjustments to make the secondary much stronger.