Five impactful Ravens signed late in the offseason
The Ravens are in something of a dead period between spring workouts and training camp, and NFL rosters appear to be settled after the main free agency period and the draft, but the Ravens have made some of the team's most important acquisitions in recent years after the free-agent rush died down and the bargains were available to be had. It's not unreasonable to see someone like Aaron Ross or Dominique Franks, signed after minicamp tryouts, make a big contribution this season.
This weeks' Five for Friday features five key contributors the Ravens have acquired late in the offseason, and how they impacted the team while in Baltimore.
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Daryl Smith( Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun / August 13, 2014 )
The veteran linebacker signed on June 5 last year -- not terribly late in the offseason, but after the big-money free agent rush -- to fill the position of the departed Ray Lewis. All he did in his first season was lead the team with 123 total tackles while contributing five sacks and making three interceptions. He didn't get the fanfare his predecessor did, but Smith has become an integral veteran presence on the Ravens defense and is now set to be tasked with mentoring first-round pick C.J. Mosley at the position.