Torrey Smith receptive to long-term deal, says he's not worried about contract
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM
The Ravens have made it clear that wide receiver Torrey Smith is going to be a priority for a long-term contract extension.
During the NFL owners meetings, coach John Harbaugh said that he wants both Smith and cornerback Jimmy Smith to play for the Ravens for a long time.
That's a mutual goal for the Ravens and Torrey Smith, a former University of Maryland standout.
"Everybody knows I want to be in Baltimore for the long haul," Smith said during a Wednesday conference call to promote his upcoming charity basketball game Saturday at Comcast Center. "Even when my playing days are long gone, I'll still be here. It's something I'm looking forward to. I'm pretty sure and hopeful that it will be able to happen one day. It's a business. I'm not losing any sleep wondering what's going to happen contractually."
Smith is entering the final year of his four-year, $3.399 million rookie contract that includes $1.727 million in guaranteed money and was signed in 2011 when he was drafted in the second round.
Smith is due a nonguaranteed $837,168 base salary this season, and the Ravens would like to give the 25-year-old a significant raise and lock him up contractually for the next several years.
The Ravens have yet to launch contract negotiations with Smith's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, according to a source, but both sides are motivated.
Smith caught a career-high 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns last season. In three NFL seasons, Smith has caught 164 career passes for 2,824 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 17.2 yards per reception.
"I'm not losing sleep over something I can't control," Smith said. "I'm in my same old routine. I love [owner] Steve [Bisciotti] and everyone in the organization. It's deeper than just football. It's the things they've helped me get through. Hopefully, everything works out. I'm not worried about it."
The Ravens plan to pick up fifth-year club option for Jimmy Smith, their 2011 first-round draft pick, before an NFL deadline in May.