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Steve Smith | Wide Receiver

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/12/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
College: Utah
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Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Steve Smith release was strictly a football decision.
Both Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman have denied reports they viewed Smith as a "distraction." But they've been willing to take shots at the 34-year-old's remaining ability. "He doesn't have the top-end speed like he used to, but he still has good speed," Rivera said Wednesday. Smitty won't be asked to take the top off of defenses in Baltimore. He'll be playing the possession-style Kevin Walter role in Gary Kubiak's offense. We expect "89" to end up blocking quite a bit. Mar 26 - 12:08 PM

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Newly acquired WR Steve Smith said he's fine with being a "complementary dude" with the Ravens.

Smith, who turns 35 years old in May, has no illusions about the current state of his game. "I don't see myself in coach Kubiak's system like Andre Johnson," Smith said. "I see the complementary dude of Kevin Walter. I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities." Walter's best season with the Texans was 60-899-8. That's the high end of Smith projections for 2014.
Mar 17 - 8:13 AM

Ravens agreed to terms with WR Steve Smith, formerly of the Panthers, on a three-year, $11 million contract.

The deal reportedly includes a $3.5 million signing bonus. Smith didn't want to venture far from his Charlotte base, and the Ravens didn't want to let him leave without a contract. Going on 35, Smith has lost multiple steps the past two seasons, but is still an extremely sure pair of hands, and capable of making plays against tight coverage. He's the kind of chain mover the Ravens sorely lacked after trading away Anquan Boldin. Smith may only catch 50-60 passes in 2014, but along with a healthy Dennis Pitta, will take pressure off of Joe Flacco. Smith's fantasy value is on the wane, but he'll be in the WR3/4 conversation.
Mar 14 - 5:08 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Steve Smith will visit the Ravens on Friday.

We won't have a resolution Thursday. Smith is hopping on a plane tonight and will meet with Ravens brass in the morning. Baltimore is far and away the favorite to land the soon-to-be 35-year-old. At this point, Smith's name is bigger than his game, but he brings toughness and very reliable hands. He'd be the No. 3 option in the Ravens passing attack, behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta.
Mar 13 - 7:30 PM

The Ravens are "working to finalize" a visit with free agent Steve Smith.

Baltimore is clearly out in front to land Smith, who would complement Dennis Pitta and Torrey Smith in new OC Gary Kubiak's offense. Kubiak never made heavy use of his No. 2 receivers in Houston, targeting "No. 1" Andre Johnson and his tight ends relentlessly. So it isn't a great spot for fantasy value.
Mar 13 - 6:34 PM

The Ravens have reportedly emerged as the favorite to sign free agent WR Steve Smith.

In search of a No. 3 option behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta, the Ravens have set their sights on Smitty. He's no longer a threat to stretch defenses going on 35, but he is a capable possession receiver and rugged third-down option. It's a description that would fit Anquan Boldin, who averaged 62 catches for 881 yards and four touchdowns while playing with Joe Flacco from 2010-12. The Broncos, Bucs and Patriots could also make a pitch to Smith.
Mar 13 - 11:57 AM

Panthers released WR Steve Smith.

Smith has spent all 13 years of his career with the Panthers, going from 2001 third-round pick to face of the franchise and one of the game's most fearsome receivers. He posted seven 1,000-yard seasons, scored 67 touchdowns and went to the Super Bowl once, losing to the Patriots. But as Smith lost a step or three going on age 35, the organization reportedly found his antics to be a "distraction" and dumped him in unceremonious fashion. He'd fit as an Eric Decker replacement in Denver, or as a No. 2 option in Baltimore. The Bucs, Patriots, Cowboys and Chargers are also thought to be on Smith's list.
Mar 13 - 11:28 AM

Steve Smith reportedly gave Panthers GM Dave Gettleman five landing spots -- the Cowboys, Patriots, Ravens, Bucs, and Chargers -- while Gettleman was trying to trade Smith.

Smith is now going to be cut, so these teams provide clues as to where Smith wants to play. That, of course, doesn't mean all five teams will want Smith back. It is believed Baltimore's interest is mutual, however, and at this point we'd call them the tentative favorites to land "89". GM Ozzie Newsome would have to hope acquiring Smith would work out better than the Lee Evans debacle.
Mar 13 - 10:55 AM

According to the SportsXchange, the Panthers have been unable to trade Steve Smith and will release him Thursday.

Smith has lost a step or three as he enters his age-35 season, so it's no surprise the Panthers couldn't find a trade partner. Therefore, his 13-year career as the face of the organization will end with a pink slip and rumors of him being a "distraction." It also leaves the Panthers with Tavarres King, Kealoha Pilares and Marvin McNutt as their top-three wideouts under contract. Smith is expected to draw interest from the Bucs, Ravens and Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter considers Baltimore the favorites.
Mar 13 - 7:55 AM

Sources tell the Charlotte Observer that Panthers GM Dave Gettleman views Steve Smith as a "distraction," and wants to turn the locker room over to Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly.

Smith's agent has declared his Panthers career through, and it sounds like the feeling is very much mutual. Smith's excellent career has been fueled by one mighty chip on his shoulder, but that can be an exhausting personality trait for teammates and coaches. Some fresh air might do Smith well as he rides off into the sunset of his career.
Mar 12 - 4:51 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports Oakland and Tampa Bay will be potential landing spots if/when Steve Smith is released, in addition to Baltimore.

We'd have to imagine Baltimore would be Smith's preference, though joining a veteran-laden Bucs squad that gets two shots a year at Carolina would likely have some appeal. The Raiders have no veteran talent at receiver, but would almost certainly have to overpay to lure Smith west. It wouldn't be an ideal setup for either side.
Mar 12 - 2:33 PM

Steve Smith's agent says he's "not going to play for the Panthers next year."

"I know that," Smith's rep said. "I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place." By admitting the obvious, Smith's camp is putting the public onus on the Panthers to resolve the situation. The Panthers are trying to find a trade partner, but there aren't going to be any takers for a 35-year-old (in May) wideout who's due $7 million in 2014. It's time for both sides to move on.
Mar 12 - 1:09 PM

Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that Steve Smith would have the Ravens near the top if his list if he gets cut by the Panthers.

The Sun had previously reported interest on the Ravens side. So we have what looks like a match here, and a very nice fit on the field as well. Smith is no longer a burner as he enters his age-35 season, but Joe Flacco desperately needs a playmaker after the catch and a reliable third-down option opposite Torrey Smith.
Mar 12 - 12:41 PM

League sources tell the Baltimore Sun the Ravens are expected to emerge as a "strong potential landing spot" if/when Steve Smith is released.

A source also believes the Bucs would "make a lot of sense" for Smith. The language suggests the source is simply spitballing, but Baltimore could certainly use Smiff's strong hands opposite Torrey Smith. Smith is just a chain mover at this point in his career, but even that is something the Ravens lacked in 2013.
Mar 11 - 1:12 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers are "attempting to trade" Steve Smith.

In other words, Smith will likely be cut if a trade partner can't be found. Considering that Smith turns 35 in May and is due $7 million in 2014, the Panthers aren't going to find a taker. In theory, it's surprising that it would come to this with one of the greatest players in Panthers history, but Smith appeared to have lost multiple steps last season. Excusing his rookie year and injury-ruined 2004, Smith's 745 yards were the second fewest of his career. With or without Smith, the Panthers have a desperate need at wideout.
Mar 10 - 5:00 PM

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QB1Joe Flacco
2Tyrod Taylor
3Nick Stephens
RB1Ray Rice
2Bernard Pierce
3Justin Forsett
4Cierre Wood
GLB1Ray Rice
2Bernard Pierce
3RB1Ray Rice
2Justin Forsett
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Torrey Smith
2Jacoby Jones
3Deonte Thompson
4Kamar Aiken
WR21Steve Smith
2Marlon Brown
3Aaron Mellette
4Gerrard Sheppard
WR31Marlon Brown
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Owen Daniels
3Matt Furstenburg
4Nathan Overbay
K1Justin Tucker