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Ravens, LB Daryl Smith agree on 4-year contract

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Ravens, LB Daryl Smith agree on 4-year contract

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This is a 2013 photo of Daryl Smith of the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. This image reflects the Baltimore Ravens active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The Ravens and linebacker Daryl Smith agreed on a four-year deal Friday that solidifies the middle of Baltimore's defense.

The sides reached agreement on Smith's 32nd birthday, and the middle linebacker appeared to consider the development to be a delightful present.

''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,'' Smith said. "Just the organization as a whole is really first class with everything they do. I love my teammates, the coaches are great coaches.''

Smith 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.

Signing the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Smith was a priority for the team during the offseason.

''There are a lot of smiles around the building today after we got a commitment from Daryl Smith to stay a Raven,'' general manager Ozzie Newsome said. ''He fills a need for us at a high level. ... He's tough, he's consistent, he's intelligent.''


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