Obviously, Smith's departure will strike a nerve with some Ravens fans, considering the wide receiver had adopted Baltimore as his home and he became one of the faces of the franchise on and off the field. But you can't fault Smith for leaving. I don't doubt for a second that if all things were equal, Smith wanted to remain with the Ravens. He's said that many times and there's no reason not to be believe him. But all things were not equal. The Ravens just don't have much money to offer him, and even if they did have more cap space, the Ravens probably wouldn't pay Smith between $7 and $9 million a year. Hometown discounts only go so far. Owner Steve Bisciotti foreshadowed Smith's departure two weeks ago when he acknowledged that Smith will get much more money elsewhere, and he certainly didn't sound like a man who anticipated Smith staying. Both sides understood that this was the likelihood. Now, the Ravens have to figure out a way to replace Smith, whose speed, durability and leadership will be missed. With Jeremy Maclin reportedly headed to Kansas City, the top free agent receivers available include Michael Crabtree, Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts, Kenny Britt, Eddie Royal and Brian Hartline. Not sure any of those guys are a great fit for the Ravens, who need a burner on the outside. But the free agent market at wide receiver could grow over the next couple of days with the likelihood that Percy Harvin, Andre Johnson and Dwayne Bowe will be released. The Ravens perhaps would be best served by signing a veteran such as Johnson and then drafting a burner with an early pick.