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This is a more pressing issue than you might think because the Ravens don’t want to risk losing either of the Smiths in free agency. Thanks to the fifth-year option (available only for first-round picks), Baltimore will at least have Jimmy Smith through the 2015 season, but given the escalating market value of cornerbacks it would behoove the team to get him locked up long term a year early if possible.
Especially because the Ravens currently have the bargaining power of only one (really less than that) season of high-quality play. Right now, the Ravens are the team that values Jimmy Smith the most. That might not be the case after another season of shutting down prime-time receivers.
As I said, however, the Ravens at least have an extra year to hash out a long-term deal with the cornerback Smith.
Time is of the essence when it comes to Torrey Smith. Much hoopla has been made about how this is the best receiving corps Joe Flacco has ever had. On paper, that’s true—for this season.
What happens if Torrey Smith leaves Baltimore next offseason? Then you’re looking at a 36-year-old Steve Smith Sr. as your No. 1 option, Dennis Pitta and…who else exactly?
We know the Ravens won’t overpay for anyone, but they’re in a terrible situation if they lose Torrey Smith—especially since they don’t have a stud receiver waiting in the wings (although Marlon Brown could possibly turn into that).
Locking up the Smiths has to be a priority for Ozzie Newsome for the long-term viability of this team.