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Report: Za'Darius Smith to Sign with Green Bay

March 12, 2019 - 9:53 am

By Austin Medina  

Don't look now, but the Ravens have lost both leading tackler and now their team leader in sacks from a year ago. 

According to Ian Rapoport, the Green Bay Packers are signing former Ravens outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith.

The cap restrictions have decimated the Ravens #1 ranked defense from 2018. Along with Smith, the Ravens have currently lost four starters (Weddle, Suggs, and Mosley).

Smith, 26, produced a career-year in 2018. He posted career-highs with 45 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 25 quarterback hits. 

After tading Haloti Ngata to the Lions, the Ravens used the fourth-round draft pick to select Smith out of Kentucky in the 2015 NFL Draft. 

Smith proved his talent quickly, as he tallied 5.5 sacks in his rookie season while playing in 15 games. 

After a disapointing 2016 campaign, Smith provided the Ravens with an edge attack they desperately needed. 

Over his four-year career, Smith has 18.5 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, and 52 quarterback hits.