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Jimmy Smith to Remain in Baltimore for 2019

Ravens would have saved $9.5 Million in Cap Space if cut

March 25, 2019 - 8:58 pm

By Austin Medina  

Since the 2018 season ended, several Ravens players have been labeled as possible "cap casualties." Of course quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Eric Weddle led the list. The Ravens actually got value back in a trade with Denver and saved $7.5 million by cutting Weddle.  

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was also on the list of players that may possibly be cut. GM Eric DeCosta spoke Monday and ensured that Smith will return for 2019. 

After the cutting of Weddle, the Ravens defense had a void at safety. That all changed with the signing of Earl Thomas and surely the Ravens secondary is now a strength. 

If the Ravens decided to cut Smith, they would have saved $9.5 million while taking on $6.35 million in dead money. 

Of course Smith has been a staple of the Ravens secondary for several seasons. The Ravens drafted Smith in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He had his breakout game en route to the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII victory. 

In his eight-year career, Smith has recorded 18 interceptions and 64 pass deflections. In 2017, Smith played some of his best ball.

The NFL suspended Smith for the first four games of 2018 for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. He struggled to get back to his 2017 form but with a full offseason to prepare, Smith looks to contribute to a highly-paid secondary.