Ravens Made More Than Fair Offer To Torrey Smith Prior To Season. It’s Still Fair Now.

Featured, Sports and Bets — February 4, 2015 at 11:57 am by

(Piece edited to reflect that Smith was offered this deal at the beginning of the 2014 season.)

 Jason La Canfora is reporting today that the Ravens offered wide receiver Torrey Smith a five year/ 35 million dollar contract, obviously worth $7 million a year, at the beginning of the season. To me, this was a very generous offer by the Ravens, who tried to keep one of their homegrown players from testing the free agent market.

The contract is fair because it’s on par with what Eric Decker and Marques Colston got last year. Smith is not a bonafide number 1 receiver, but he is a dangerous deep threat and that will make him a hot commodity on the open market. The fact that Smith turned this offer down, and then didn’t turn into the number one receiver the Ravens were hoping for, means that the offer was on par with what the Ravens saw him as at the end of last year.  He’s still that same player and a contract similar to these terms would be good for both clubs.

Losing Smith at this point would severely weaken this Ravens offense, because they don’t have another receiver who can get behind a defense. Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, and Michael Campanaro are all up and coming players, but none of those guys are deep threats. Steve Smith is certainly not a deep threat at this stage of his career either, so retaining Smith is a top priority. But I’ve said all along that it has to be at the right price.

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Smith had a career best 11 touchdowns this season. But his yard per catch average was a career worst 15.7, and he was only able to register 49 receptions for 767 yards. He has only gone over 1000 yards in a season once in four years, but Smith’s best attribute is his ability to draw long pass interference penalties. Like it or not, that’s a huge part of the Ravens offense.

Losing Smith would mean the Ravens would have to invest a high draft pick on a wide receiver. It’s something I believe they should do anyway, but with Smith on the roster a wide-out is a luxury pick, without Smith on the roster it would be a necessity. Rookie wide receivers often take time to develop as well, so it would be foolish to expect a rookie to come in and contribute right away at the level Torrey Smith has already proven he can. We also have to take into account that Torrey is 26 years old, and entering the prime of his career. He has a rapport with Joe Flacco, and the two make up one of the league’s best deep ball combos.

At the end of the day, I really feel this would be a great marriage for the Ravens and Torrey. In a time when the Ravens could use a huge amount of positive PR, Torrey Smith is a model citizen and member of the community. He does countless charity work, and is beloved in all of Baltimore.  Torrey has stated that he wants to stay.  With it obvious that his talent set is that of an above average wide out, a similar deal should keep him here in Baltimore.

 

5 Comments

  1. He is not anywhere near a number 1 receiver. He is maybe a 2 or 3. He is not good. 767 yards. That is horrible. If you think he is on par with Decker and Colston you really need to go back and watch the season again. Especially with his TERRIBLE performance in the NE game. What a horrible time to have your worst game ever. He has not gotten better. He won’t get any better. He needs to learn how to return kicks.

    • Both Decker and Colston scored five Td’s apiece this year. Smith had a better ypc average then both. Without him who gets deep on this Ravens team? Randall Cobb will cost 8-9 million a year and you have to worry about him being a product of Aaron Rodgers. If not Smith, where do the Ravens find a deep threat? I agree he’s not a number 1, but he is our best option at this price.

      • We could send Jacoy Jones deep just as well as Torrey. Torrey can’t run a route. He is always covered. He only had 49 catches. Everything except touchdowns is way down from last year. We can’t pay him that money.

      • In yards for the year he was 52nd, 9th in YPC, 11th in TD’s, tied for 78th in receptions. 78th and he played every game, receptions and total yards are horrible.

  2. He is not anywhere near a number 1 receiver. He is maybe a 2 or 3. He is not good. 767 yards. That is horrible. If you think he is on par with Decker and Colston you really need to go back and watch the season again. Especially with his TERRIBLE performance in the NE game. What a horrible time to have your worst game ever. He has not gotten better. He won’t get any better. He needs to learn how to return kicks.

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