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Jimmy Smith agrees to sign back with Ravens

Jimmy Smith, Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have re-signed veteran free agent cornerback Jimmy Smith, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

According to Adam Schefter, Smith, 31, agreed to a one-year contract worth $6 million to remain a member of the Ravens.

Smith is the longest-tenured player on defense for Baltimore, initially selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Ravens out of Colorado, winning a Super Bowl with the AFC North franchise in 2012-13.

Smith only appeared in nine games for the Ravens in the 2019 season and has played all 16 games for Baltimore only once, in 2015. In 2018, Smith was suspended by the league for four games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Smith will return to the Ravens’ defense, which features new faces like former longtime Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who inked a three-year, $30 million contract as a free agent last week. The Ravens also made a splash in the trade market last week, acquiring five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell for a fifth-round pick.

The Ravens are trying to revamp their team to carry the momentum from the 2019 NFL regular season, where they earned the first seed in the AFC but fell to the then-surging Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the postseason. Baltimore also placed the franchise tag on linebacker Matthew Judon, who earned his first Pro Bowl appearance this past season. Judon led the defense in sacks with 9.5.