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Jimmy Smith likely to become free agent in latest hit to Ravens’ secondary depth

Jimmy Smith, Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens lost a couple of players to free agency in 2019 and the same could happen in 2020. Less than a month until free agency, Jimmy Smith is likely to become a free agent and test the open market.

“We’ve had conversations with Jimmy,” [GM Eric] DeCosta said, via the Ravens’ website. “We’ve had conversations during the season, we’ve had conversations with Jimmy since the season. Lots of respect for Jimmy. Thought he played his best football later in the year. Jimmy’s a guy that we value, so we’ll see. I suspect Jimmy’s going to want to hit the market and assess what his value is, as he probably should. He’s a veteran, he’s worked hard to see what his value is on the market. Lots of respect for Jimmy as a player. His agent and I have a really good relationship. So we’ll just see.”

The Ravens drafted Smith in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Colorado. Since coming into the league, Smith has been a mainstay in Baltimore’s secondary.

Due to a knee sprain, Smith was only able to play in nine games during the 2019 season for the Ravens. However, the veteran corner finished strong as he contributed 30 tackles, six deflections, and an interception in the final eight games of the season.

Besides Smith, the Ravens already released Tony Jefferson and have to decide on whether to exercise the team option on Brandon Carr or not. Therefore, Baltimore’s secondary could look a bit different when the team kicks off in Week 1 of the 2020 season.