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Ravens sign Daryl Smith

Daryl Smith, Taylor Thompson

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Daryl Smith (52) lines up against Tennessee Titans tight end Taylor Thompson (84) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)


The Ravens were busy visiting the White House on Wednesday so they let the NFL’s daily personnel notice make the announcement of an addition they hope helps them make a return visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue again next season.

Baltimore has signed former Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith, a move presaged by reports of mutual interest between player and team in the last 24 hours. Smith was a 2004 second-round pick of the Jaguars and was a mainstay in their starting lineup for much of the last decade before a groin injury limited him to two games last year.

Smith adds to the team’s options at inside linebacker, where they are replacing Dannell Ellerbe and Ray Lewis. They also have Jameel McClain and second-round pick Arthur Brown in the mix at the position, giving them a fair mix of experience and upside heading into the season.

The Ravens released linebacker Michael McAdoo to make room for Smith. McAdoo has spent the last two years sidelined by injuries, but his intriguing size will likely earn him at least a look elsewhere in the league.