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Ravens, Daryl Smith have engaged in contract talks

The Ravens appear very interested in bringing back Daryl Smith to the 2014 team.

The Ravens have reached out to Daryl Smith's representation.
The Ravens have reached out to Daryl Smith's representation.
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Arguably the best offseason addition the Ravens made in 2013 was Daryl Smith.

Smith was signed to a one-year, $1.125 million deal, which had an additional $1 million playing time clause, something Smith surely met during the season.

He probably won't come as cheap this coming year, though his performance should make him a priority. And it appears the Ravens are thinking in the save wavelength.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters over the weekend at the NFL combine that the organization has reached out to Smith's camp.

"Daryl did a great job for us," Newsome said. "I think, and I could check myself, but I think he probably played more plays than any defensive player we have. And we have engaged in some conversations with his representative."

It's a positive sign that the Ravens are looking to bring back their starting middle linebacker from the 2013 season. Smith led the Ravens in 2013 with 123 total tackles. He also had five sacks, three interceptions and a single-season franchise best 19 pass deflections.