Daryl Smith believes the Ravens want him back in 2014

Daryl Smith set a franchise record with 19 pass deflections this season. - Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens could use the inside linebacker back on next year's defense.

Shortly after 2013 kicked off, it was apparent Baltimore's best offseason acquisition was inside linebacker Daryl Smith.

As the season would unfold, Smith found himself among the Ravens' best defenders. Smith made plenty of big plays throughout the year and showed up on the stat sheet a ton each game.

Smith finished the 2013 season with 123 combined tackles (57 solo), five sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. He also set a new franchise record with 19 pass deflections.

After signing a one-year contract, Smith will enter free agency wondering what kind of offers he'll get. His price tag will be worth more than the $1.125 million he earned this season.

Via the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, Smith is under the impression the Ravens do want him back.

"I think they want me back, but we'll see," Smith said. "Only time will tell. I know they've got a lot of stuff to do this year, and a lot of guys up [with their contracts]. So, we'll see. I came in and did the best I could, so we'll see what happens."

The Ravens would be wise to bring Smith back. As one of the top players from an otherwise disappointing season, Smith could provide an even bigger role in 2014.


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