Smith had no interest in comparisons to Boldin, who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers last year following a contract dispute.

"I'm not Anquan Boldin," Smith said. "I respect the heck out of Q and what Q brings to the table is what Q brings to the table. I'm Steve Smith and what I bring to the table as a Baltimore Raven, I have to earn that. My time on the field will display what I bring to the table.

"My comparison to Anquan, I can't [compare] because I respect the heck out of that guy and what he brings to the table and who he is. We play similar games. We want to win and we go all-out. We're also individuals, and so I'm not here to replace anyone. I'm here to be myself."

He joins a receiving core that includes Torrey Smith, 25; the recently re-signed Jacoby Jones, 29; Marlon Brown, 22; Deonte Thompson, 25; and Aaron Mellette, 24. That group has plenty of size and speed, but Newsome and Harbaugh felt that the trade of Boldin last offseason and the extended absence of tight end Dennis Pitta because of a hip injury left the Ravens without an experienced receiver with reliable hands and an ability to work underneath and get yards after the catch.

"I think Torrey Smith is going to be a fantastic player," Smith said. "They've got some players, Jacoby Jones, Ray Rice, they've got some guys that are already established. It takes a lot of pressure off of me."

Smith has averaged 75 catches and six touchdowns over the past nine seasons. A third-round pick out of Utah in 2001, Smith’s best season came in 2005, when he caught 103 passes for 1,563 yards and 12 touchdowns. He last made the Pro Bowl in 2011.   

Demonstrative and confrontational on the field and never hesitant to speak his mind – qualities that are believed to have contributed to his departure in Carolina – Smith has admitted that he’s no longer a No.1 receiver. But his addition, coupled by the re-signing of Pitta, should give Kubiak plenty of options while trying to fix an offense that ranked 29th in the NFL last season.

While Smith will probably be the only significant expenditure at the wide receiver position this  offseason, his signing probably won’t derail the team’s desire to draft one.

The Ravens are banking on Smith providing an upgrade to their receiving corps.

"Steve is a Ravens style football player, he always has been in our eyes," Harbaugh said. "It's just that he's been playing for another team. I've known him ever since he came into the league and we've always had a great relationship. The last two days, however, have given all of us with the Ravens an opportunity to get to know him on another level, and, now, we're even more impressed."

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