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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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Former Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announces retirement

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Former Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announces retirement

Former Ravens and Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced his retirement from coaching Monday afternoon, just a day after Tennessee lost in the AFC Championship Game to Kansas City.

Pees, at age 70, had just finished his 47th year of coaching. He had previously been a coordinator for the Titans, Ravens and Patriots at the NFL level. He began coaching at the University of Findlay (OH) in 1979 as a defensive coordinator where he rose through the college ranks. 

Pees was in Baltimore from 2010-2017, where he started as a linebackers coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012. He won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens.

During his time as a coordinator, the Ravens ranked in the top 10 of scoring defenses three times, where he saw franchise greats like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed end their careers.

Pees’ defense in Tennessee this season stiffened down the stretch, as it allowed just 25 total points in the first two playoff games against New England and Baltimore. The Titans lost 35-24 to the Chiefs on Sunday.

In 10 of his 12 seasons as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, Pees led his defenses to a top 12 finish in points allowed.

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Former Raven Terrell Suggs and the Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl-bound

Former Raven Terrell Suggs and the Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl-bound

Terrell Suggs and the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday to advance to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 

Suggs, who spent 16 seasons with the Ravens, will look to cement his Hall of Fame candidacy with a victory in his second Super Bowl appearance (Won SB XLVII) this time as a member of the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Suggs departed from Baltimore before the 2019 season, signing a one-year deal with his hometown Arizona Cardinals before being waived mid-season. 

The Ravens were rumored to be interested in a reunion with their all-time leader in sacks but did not put in a claim, being last in waiver priority, and Suggs was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs.



While the Ravens' 2019 season ended prematurely at the hands of the Titans, fans in Baltimore can take solace knowing that Suggs and the Chiefs helped bring the Titans' magical season to an end.

Suggs' accolades (2011 AP Def. Player of the Year, 2003 AP Def. Rookie of the Year, 7x Pro-Bowl, 1x All-Pro) will stand the test of time, but adding a second Super Bowl ring to his resume would make his Hall of Fame candidacy that much greater. 

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