Report: Ravens, LB Daryl Smith agree to terms on 4-year deal

Daryl Smith signs with the Ravens through 2017. (USATSI)
Daryl Smith signs with the Ravens through 2017. (USATSI)

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The Ravens signed Daryl Smith last June, almost as an afterthought. The veteran linebacker went on to have a solid 2013 season, and with the loss of Ray Lewis, was one of Baltimore's most important players. So it's no surprised that the two sides agreed to terms on a four-year, $16.1 million deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The deals signed by D'Qwell Jackson (four years, $22 million with Indy) and Karlos Dansby (four years, $24 million with Cleveland) no doubt factored into Smith taking his time, which would explain the "disconnect on asking price" in the first few days of free agency.

A 2004-second-round pick out of Georgia Tech, Smith started 16 games last season and had five sacks, 18 passes defended and three interceptions -- all career highs. He spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Jags. ranked Smith 16th among all inside linebackers in 2013 (Dansby was fifth, Jackson was 42nd).

Next up for the Ravens: Adding another Smith to the fold -- wide receiver Steve Smith.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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