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Baltimore Ravens Sign Former Jacksonville Jaguars LB Daryl Smith; Giants Had Reported Interest

June 6th, 2013 at 6:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

When free agency began back in early March, Daryl Smith was a name that came up in connection with the New York Giants. At the time, they had a void at the middle linebacker spot and because of Smith's ability, he made sense for the team, which we at Giants 101 touched on back on March 2.

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Three months later, on June 5, the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens ended up signing the veteran Smith to a one-year deal to fill one of their spots at middle linebacker.

The Ravens were a team that had need at middle linebacker due to Ray Lewis' retirement and Dannell Ellerbe leaving as a free agent to sign with the Miami Dolphins.

The team drafted Arthur Brown out of Kansas State and originally had signed Oakland Raiders castoff Rolando McClain. However, after several arrests, the 23-year-old 2010 NFL Draft first rounder decided to retire, thus the Ravens had a roster spot to fill, and Smith made sense.

While the Giants were reported to be a team that could have had interest in Smith, they never made a strong pursuit for the 2004 second-round pick, especially since he was coming off a season where he only played in two games in 2012 due to groin injury.

Currently, the Giants have Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich at the middle linebacker spot and recent signee Aaron Curry could compete to start at middle linebacker as well this season.


Tags: Aaron Curry, Dan Connor, Daryl Smith, Football, Mark Herzlich, New York, New York Giants, NFL

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