The Baltimore Ravens recently re-signed cornerback Jimmy Smith to a one-year deal worth $6 million. During a recent video chat, Smith expressed he was hoping that hitting the open market might provide some leverage in contract talks.
Smith added that he “didn’t get the rush of calls that I expected to get” when free agency started last Monday.
“It’s like being in a relationship for a long time and then being single all of a sudden,” Smith said. “You think you’re gonna get all these looks, maybe they’re not looking at you the same way. You’re a little more comfortable in the relationship.”
The most likely reason why Smith wasn’t getting any interest from teams is probably because of his injury history. This past season, the 35-year-old missed six games because of a sprained knee. Throughout his eight-year career, Smith has missed a total of 37 games due to injuries and suspensions.
However, he has proven to be one of the most consistent corners in the game when healthy. In nine seasons with the Ravens, Smith has recorded 329 tackles, 14 interceptions and 70 passes defended.
Nevertheless, Smith seemed thrilled to be returning to the Ravens in a tweet on his Twitter.
“Hey Ravens Nation, it’s Jimmy Smith, just signing on, telling you guys thank you, love you guys for everything you do,” Smith said on Twitter. “I’m happy to be signing back for another year and excited to go get the ‘ship. We cut it short last year, but this is going to be the year for us. Let’s keep it together and go Ravens.”