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Ozzie: Cut LB Daryl Smith could be back with Ravens


Ozzie: Cut LB Daryl Smith could be back with Ravens

The Ravens cut veteran linebacker Daryl Smith on Thursday, but general manager Ozzie Newsome left open the possibility that Smith would be back.

“While we are releasing Daryl, we are not closing the door on the possibility of him returning to the Ravens,”  Newsome said in a statement released by the team.

Cutting Smith frees up roughly $2.6 million in cap space, a primary objective of the cash-strapped Ravens with free agency beginning next week. Smith, a 12-year veteran who turns 34 next week, commands respect in the locker room and from the coaching staff.

Newsome said in the statement that Smith "deserves an opportunity to see his market value at this time."

"With ‘Buck,’ you’re talking about one of the NFL’s highest-quality people," Newsome said. "We have been fortunate to have him with the Ravens, and his production has been outstanding.”

Smith led the Ravens in tackles in two of his three seasons with the team, including this past year (121). But he struggled in pass coverage and was often replaced in passing situations by Zach Orr late last season.

The Ravens definitely want to get younger and faster on defense, but they have depth concerns at inside linebacker. With Smith gone, Orr would become a presumptive starter alongside C.J. Mosley, with little-used Arthur Brown or Albert McClellan, who just re-signed with the team, next in line. The Ravens also figure to address the position in the draft.

Last season, the Ravens cut a veteran who was considered an outstanding locker room presence in Chris Canty, then brought him back a few weeks later on a cheaper, more cap-friendly deal. That helped both the team's bottom line and their younger players in that position group.

That could happen with Smith as well.

[RELATED: Ravens decline option on Chris Canty]

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.