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Daryl Smith, middle linebacker

Contract: four years, $16.1 million Date: March 14 What it means: The Ravens had a big hole in the middle of their defense, and most of the top free-agent middle linebackers had signed elsewhere when they struck a deal with Smith. The veteran led the team with 123 tackles last season and played all but two defensive snaps. The Ravens had released starting weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain, leaving Josh Bynes atop the middle linebacker depth chart and second-year player Arthur Brown as the starter on the weak side. However, Smith's re-signing solidified the group. What they said:"There are a lot of smiles around the building today after we got a commitment from Daryl Smith to stay a Raven." -- General Manager Ozzie Newsome.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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