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Ex-Raven, Torrey Smith signs three year deal with Philadelphia Eagles

Ex-Raven, Torrey Smith signs three year deal with Philadelphia Eagles

BY TYLER BYRUM - @theTylerByrum

Following two abysmal seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Torrey Smith has found a new home with the Philadelphia Eagles. On Thursday, the six-year veteran signed with the Philadelphia Eagles for $15 million deal over three years, per multiple reports.

Smith will be joining an offense led by second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, who helped the Eagles maintain a 7-9 record in 2016 despite an off-season that was filled with new faces. Last year the team failed to have a 1,000 yard receiver with tight end Zach Ertz earning the most receiving yards with 816. 

In 2016, the team had seven different receivers suit up for the Eagles catching only eight touchdowns.

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Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round in 2011, Smith spent four years with the team. During his tenure with the Ravens he helped lead the team to their 2012 Super Bowl run over the 49ers. Playing for the Ravens was just a move up the road for the former Maryland receiver.

Following his time with Baltimore he signed a five-year deal with the 49ers in 2015. After only two seasons with 900 yards receiving and only seven touchdowns, Smith was released by the team. 

In his career, the 28-year-old has caught 266 passes for over 4,500 yards that resulted in 37 touchdowns. 

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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.

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“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.

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