Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Meet Your Newest Raven/Good Guys Links - Ravens

Welcome aboard to the purple and black, Mr. L.J. Smith!

According to Jamison at the Sun, it's a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. Smith will basically replace Dan Wilcox as the second tight end behind Todd Heap.

It's a fairly low-risk, high-reward signing for the Ravens. Smith had trouble staying healthy and consistent during his six years with the Philadelphia Eagles but here, he will be looked at as an additional down-the-middle threat for QB Jersey Joe Flacco. Smith has always looked the part of a great tight end but his production hasn't always matched the skill set. He should see more passes in Cam Cameron's offense but won't have the pressure of being a #1 TE. All told, like I said before, a very low-risk, high-reward kind of signing.

Additional Ravens stuff:

- The Ravens will meet with the recently released former St. Louis Rams all-pro Orlando Pace. Not sure where Pace fits into this picture, unless its as a backup to Jared Gaither. If Pace were to come aboard, the Ravens have a logjam at the tackle spots with Gaither, Adam Terry, Willie Anderson, Oniel Cousins and David Hale - the latter two were drafted last year but didn't play much. If Pace were signed, it would likely mean the end for Willie Anderson, which is a shame because I thought Willie played well there last year.

- Speaking of Big Willie Style, his equally large counterpart Big Mike Preston says Willie has something to prove this year.

- Former Titans and Raiders CB Chris Carr is officially a Raven.

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