Smith totaled 35 tackles (28 solo), including two for loss, one fumble recovery and one interception over 16 games during the 2016 season.
The veteran tackling machine posted what was easily his lowest total of stops of any season in which he'd played at least 14 games. Smith held down the starting strongside linebacker job throughout the duration of the campaign, but the drop in his production was especially notable considering he was coming off the three most prolific seasons of his career from a tackles perspective. New defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which Smith had played in for four seasons (2004-07) in Jacksonville, seemed to funnel a great deal of the action to MLB Kwon Alexander, who posted 145 tackles. The 13-year pro notably wasn't the only established linebacker on the Bucs to see a precipitous drop in his numbers -- Lavonte David's 87 tackles also represented a low-water mark for him -- so the downturn likely wasn't exclusively age-related. However, Smith is now an unrestricted free agent, and given his largely disappointing season, the Bucs would currently appear unlikely to bring him back into the fold for 2017.
Smith supplied four tackles (two solo), a half-sack and an inteception in Monday night's 17-14 win over the Panthers.
Smith tallied a season high in tackles while also getting into the sack and interception columns for the first time in 2016 as well. The 14-year veteran has not been quite able to post the type of prolific tackle numbers that he's become known for throughout his career and is currently on pace for a low-water mark in stops for a full season.
Smith (undisclosed) will not play Friday against the Browns.
The veteran linebacker will miss his second consecutive preseason game Friday as he recovers from an undisclosed ailment. Both Smith and Devante Bond (hamstring) are sitting out Friday, so Josh Keyes figures to see plenty of snaps at strongside backer against Cleveland.
Smith (undisclosed) sat out another practice on Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
There continues to be no official explanation for the veteran linebacker's absence, which is now at a full week and included last Saturday's preseason contest versus the Jaguars. Smith is presumably not in any danger of missing regular season time, although without any exact details on the injury, it's impossible to determine a timetable for return. At minimum, his chances of playing in Friday's tilt against the Browns appear dim at this stage.
Smith (undisclosed) is not in uniform for Saturday's preseason affair with the Jaguars, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Smith was a late scratch Saturday and it's not clear why as of right now. A high-volume tackler, Smith has been a clear-cut starter in this league for 13 seasons. While it makes sense to speculate that the Buccaneers could be giving Smith the game off to rest, nothing is certain until an official word is given.
Smith snatched his first interception of training camp Sunday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The starting strongside linebacker, who has extensive familarity with defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme from their time in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s, was Johnny-on-the-Spot on his pick, diving to snare the ball after it deflected off the hands of wideout Vincent Jackson. Smith has built an impressive resume as a tackling machine throughout his career, but has also shown a nose for the ball. The 34-year-old has 11 career picks to his credit, with three of those coming in each of his first three campaigns under Mike Smith's tutelage with the Jaguars.
Smith is excited about working with his new defensive teammates and once again playing in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme in 2016, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 13-year veteran, who topped 120 tackles in each of his last three seasons with the Ravens, is reunited with Smith in Tampa after having played under his tutelage for four seasons during the latter's defensive coordinator tenure in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s. Smith's familiarity and past success in the scheme provides considerable reason for optimism, but his new teammates have him excited for the coming season as well. "We've got a young roster that can play," he said. "We've got talent that nobody really might not know it just yet, but hopefully we'll prove that." The 34-year-old is particularly looking forward to playing alongside Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander in the linebacker corps in a defensive scheme he feels will be an ideal fit for their respectives skill sets. "They're both young," he said. "Lavonte's been around a few years, All-Pro, knows what he's doing. Kwon is young, but knowledgeable about the game and so eager to learn. Already they're asking so many questions. It's a defense they'll thrive in."
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports reports.
The veteran Smith will join Tampa Bay's young but talented linebacking corps on a one-year deal after being released by Baltimore earlier in the offseason to clear some cap space. Smith recorded 121 tackles and three sacks as a middle linebacker in the Ravens' 3-4 system last season, but he could be a replacement as the strong side backer with the Bucs releasing Bruce Carter this offseason. Despite the fact that he'll be 34 when the season gets underway, Smith still has decent coverage skills for a linebacker and could serve as a solid one-year stopgap in Tampa Bay.
Smith is paying a free agent visit to the Bucs on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 14-year veteran, released by the Ravens on Mar. 3, played under new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith in Jacksonville from 2004-2007 during part of the latter's stint as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator. An above-average run-stopping presence throughout his career, Smith amassed 372 tackles (196 solo), 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 30 passes defensed and five interceptions over the last three seasons in Baltimore. The Bucs are seeking to re-stock their linebacker corps after releasing Bruce Carter and choosing not to tender Danny Lansanah earlier in the offseason.
Smith was released by the Ravens on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Smith is coming off of another strong season in which he recorded 121 combined tackles and 3.0 sacks, but he'll turn 34 later this month, and the Ravens have opted to cut ties as they'll look to get younger at the position. The move also saves Baltimore roughly $2.6 million. As a free agent, Smith figures to draw considerable interest, though it's unclear how many teams would be willing to offer him a full-time starting spot.
Smith finished 2015 with 121 tackles (72 solo), three sacks and an interception in 16 games.
Smith and fellow inside linebacker C.J. Mosley both played nearly every defensive snap for a second straight season. Even with Smith turning 34 in May, the duo will likely return for a third consecutive year, providing some form of stability to an otherwise shaky defense. Smith has topped 120 tackles in each of his three seasons with the Ravens, after failing to do so even once during his nine years in Jacksonville.
Smith (non-injury related) is active for Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
Smith is having a solid season with 118 total tackles and three sacks through 15 games and will look to finish the year strong against the Bengals.
Smith (non-injury related) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
After skipping out on Thursday's practice session, Smith took part in practice Friday, so there was never much doubt he'd be available this week. The linebacker has recorded a respectable 86 tackles and two sacks over 11 games this season, but his production has tailed off over the last three weeks. He's recorded just eight stops during that span.
Smith (not injury related) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Smith is having a fine season with 81 tackles through nine games, and he is available in this game if you need him.
Ravens veteran inside linebacker Daryl Smith, 32, said he has no plans to retire. The 11-year vet started every game this season and made 127 tackles with nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack.
"My body feels good," Smith told the Baltimore Sun. "I still love the game, so I definitely want to be back next year."
Smith had six tackles and an interception in Saturday's playoff loss at New England. He has three years left on his contract.
Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Patriots.
Monroe is dealing with an ankle injury. He sat out of last weekend's playoff game against the Steelers.
The team will have Owen Daniels, Timmy Jernigan, Daryl Smith and Terrell Suggs. All four players were listed as probable on the injury report. Jernigan is dealing with foot and ankle injuries. Daniels and Suggs are on the injury report, but their absence from practice was not injury related.
The Ravens listed defensive lineman Chris Canty (ankle) as questionable for Sunday’s game at Houston.
Canty has not been able to practice all week.
The Ravens listed the following players as probable: Owen Daniels, Will Hill, Jacoby Jones, Anthony Levine, Kelechi Osemele, Bernard Pierce, Daryl Smith and Terrell Suggs.
The Ravens are 5-point favorites.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who practiced for the first time this week on Friday, is considered probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Previous reports from the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson said he'd be surprised if Smith played at all Sunday.
Other probables include tight end Owen Daniels, Anthony Levine, Daryl Smith and Steve Smith.
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, tight end Crockett Gillmore and tackle Jah Reid are questionable.
The Ravens ruled out cornerback Tramain Jacobs (thigh) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He was the only player on Baltimore's final injury report ruled out for Week 14.
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (thigh), running back Justin Forsett (knee), tight end Crockett Gilmore (back) and linebacker Albert McClellan (thigh) were all deemed questionable. Forsett returned to practice Friday and is expected to play.
Meanwhile, the following players were ruled probable: Wide receiver Marlon Brown (concussion), tight end Owen Daniels (rest), linebacker C.J. Mosley (wrist), linebacker Daryl Smith (rest), wide receiver Torrey Smith (knee), linebacker Terrell Suggs (rest), defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson (rest), linebacker Courtney Upshaw (hand) and center Jeremy Zuttah (ankle).
Only Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro (thigh) and tackle Jah Reid (hand) were listed as out for Monday night’s game at New Orleans, according to the team’s final injury report.
The Ravens also listed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (not injury related), tight end Owen Daniels (not injury related), linebacker Terrell Suggs (not injury related), linebacker Daryl Smith (not injury related), fullback Kyle Juszczyk (foot) and guard Marshal Yanda (knee) as probable.