The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a one-year deal with linebacker Daryl Smith, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Smith was a star linebacker for the Jaguars since his rookie season in 2004 and started in 122 games for the team during his nine seasons in Jacksonville.
Smith missed nearly all of the 2012 NFL season with a groin injury he suffered in training camp. Originally it was believed it would be an injury keeping him out only a couple of weeks, but it seemed to linger more and more as the season went on, eventually requiring surgery to fix the issue. Smith returned for the final two games of the season after being placed on injured reserve with designation to return, but looked a bit rusty as expected.
One of the better linebackers in the NFL earlier in his career, Smith is now 31 and there may be concerns among teams about the longevity of his career after 2012. The Ravens view Smith as a low-risk investment, but if he manages to play well for the team, he could factor in for a potential compensatory pick for the Jaguars in 2014.