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He also made it clear he no longer views himself as a No. 1 receiver, instead seeing himself as a player comparable to Kevin Walter, who played under new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak with the Houston Texans. Smith has wanted to play in the slot for the last few years and could get that chance in Baltimore.
“I know this system and seen the very creative ways they have gotten guys the ball and I want to be a part of that,” Smith said.
Smith has never won a Super Bowl.
“We’re going to swing for the fence,” Smith said. “But chasing a ring and making it about all those other things, you can’t do that.”
“He always has been in our eyes, it’s just that he has been playing for another team,” Harbaugh said. “We have always been challenged playing against him.”
The Ravens also got a four-year deal with linebacker Daryl Smith that solidifies the middle of Baltimore’s defense. The sides reached agreement on Smith’s 32nd birthday.
“I’m really just fired up. I knew I wanted to be back and I’m happy we could come to an agreement so I could get back in there for four years,” Darryl Smith said.
He started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2013 and led the team with 123 tackles. He also had a career-high 19 passes defensed, setting a Ravens record by a linebacker.
In other moves Friday:
—Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman. Tillman, 33, is coming off a season limited to eight games because of a torn right triceps.
—Eight-year veteran cornerback and rookie negotiator Cortland Finnegan found a new home in Miami after an injury-plagued 2013 with the Rams. Finnegan said he spoke with a lot of general managers and head coaches around the NFL, but his only free-agent visit was to Miami, and the 2008 All-Pro represented himself.
The Dolphins added former Rams guard Shelley Smith with a $5.5 million, two-year contract.
—Detroit re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who will get a $16 million, four-year contract with half the money guaranteed. He has 284 receptions for 2,828 yards and 16 touchdowns in five NFL seasons with the Lions.
—Green Bay re-signed defensive tackle B.J. Raji to anchor their defensive line. He started all 16 games last season for the Packers.
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