Prioritizing the Ravens' free agents
NFL free agency begins on March 11, kicking off a spending spree the Ravens aren't likely to be a major part of. They are more likely to focus on keeping some of their own free agents, a task they have already started to take on. But they won't be able to keep all of them. So who should be the priority?
In this week's Five for Friday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel ranks, in order, the five Ravens free agents the team should prioritize based on team need, cost and productivity.
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3. Inside linebacker Daryl Smith( Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports / August 22, 2013 )
Smith remained on the free-agent market for three months last offseason before the Ravens grabbed him out of the bargain bin. There were concerns about his age and recent injury history, but Smith turned out to be one of their best signings, giving the Ravens plenty of bang for their buck. Smith led the team in tackles and also had five sack and three interceptions while helping to transition the defense into life after Ray Lewis. Smith enjoyed his time in Baltimore and shouldn't be too expensive. Bringing him back makes sense while they look for a long-term answer at middle linebacker.