While many of the NFL's best players were very concerned about their contract situations this offseason, Jimmy Smith was not one of them.
"I don't think I was ever worried about the contract situation. I mean, that always plays out itself. If you are a good player, you get paid, if not, you won't be in the NFL. I'm just glad that it's out of the way."
Truer words have never been spoken, which is why Smith got paid this offseason and the fans were ecstatic about it. Looking at his contract through Spotrac, he isn't wrong about being a top level corner. The Ravens paid him an average of $10.257 million per year, which ranks as 6th out of all the corners in the league. The four year deal helps to lock up Smith long-term as he develops into an even better cornerback.
"I'd be lying to you if I said that it didn't matter. For me, being rated as one of the top corners is more important for me than having the top contract, but I guess they go hand in hand."
"I just go out there and play and hopefully my best is one of the best in the league... To be the best, you get paid the best and I feel like I got a great contract, so I'm not mad. But I do feel like I'm a top-5 corner in this league"
After having Lisfranc surgery this offseason and heading to injured reserve last season, Smith is not only feeling good, but looking good. When asked about how he felt right now, Smith was honest about his assessment, but showing that there is still more in the tank.
"Obviously I think about it [the injury] because it's still an issue. But as far as being healthy, I'm out here practicing and getting a good amount of reps in. It's a steady incline and that's really all I really am striving for at this point"
Hopefully Smith can continue to get up towards 100 percent and turn that top level contract into a steal for the Ravens.