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Ravens news, notes and opinions on linebacker, the draft and more

Ravens news, notes and opinions on linebacker, the draft and more

When the Ravens released middle linebacker Daryl Smith in early March, they opened up a little more than $2.5 million in salary cap space. That’s not all that much money when you consider Smith was the team’s leading tackler in two of the past three years and one of the most respected players in the Ravens’ locker room.

The Ravens certainly needed some salary cap flexibility ahead of their runs at tight end Benjamin Watson and safety Eric Weddle. But the move also signified an organization-wide effort to get quicker and more athletic on defense and in the middle of the field. Keep that in mind when considering...

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