The pending free agent and often injured Jimmy Smith may be seeking a new organization this offseason. The Baltimore Ravens recently traded for and extended corner Marcus Peters who they received from the Los Angeles Rams after he was made expendable after they acquired Jalen Ramsey from Jacksonville.
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The one-time star starting corner now comes out of the bullpen for the Ravens. In today’s NFL, teams need a plethora of defensive backs to match up against the spread offenses throughout the league.
Smith was selected in the first round with the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. The 31-year old corner has spent his entire nine-year career with the Ravens, but I feel his time in Baltimore is up.
The Detroit Lions need to find an upgrade to Rashaan Melvin and Mike Ford. With the hopes of rookie Amani Oruwariye stating opposite Darius Slay next season in his second year, Detroit will need a backup plan if he isn’t ready to leap into the starting lineup.
Jimmy Smith claims he’s got a lot of football left in him and may enjoy finding a home in Detroit where he could have an opportunity to propel himself with a solid training camp and preseason into the starting lineup.
This year Smith played in nine games as he was injured for the majority of the first half of the season. He made 28 tackles, recorded just 1 interception. He was targeted 47 times and only allowed 24 catches. His catch rate was the second-best of his career, just allowing 51% of his targets. He only allowed 1 touchdown pass against.
He’s a player the Detroit Lions could consider signing in free agency this offseason.