Ravens' 2014 player signings
It has been a busy last month for the Ravens, who prioritized retaining their own players before and after the free-agent market opened.
They still have several needs, including a veteran center, either a right tackle or a left guard depending on where Kelechi Osemele settles, and a starting free safety. They also are looking to add depth at running back and tight end on offense, and defensive line, middle linebacker and cornerback on defense.
The Ravens still have about $9 million of salary cap space that they can utilize in free agency, but many of those needs will be filled in the draft.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec looks at their player moves so far:
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Steve Smith, wide receiver( Grant Halverson, Getty Images / January 11, 2014 )
Contract: three years, $11 million
Date: March 14
What it means: A day after he was released by the Carolina Panthers after 13 seasons, Smith culminated an extended visit to the Under Armour Performance Center by putting his name on a contract. General manager Ozzie Newsome prioritized the addition of a wide receiver who could make tough catches and then pick up yards after receptions. Smith will turn 35 in May, and he's coming off a season in which his numbers dropped, but he certainly fits the mold of what the Ravens were seeking. His addition also took the Ravens out of the free-agent wide receiver market, though they're still expected to draft a pass catcher.
What they said: "The part -- and the thing that's the most important -- is I found a home that seems to want me, and I wanted them." -- Steve Smith