While the 32-year-old took a chance in free agency, in his heart he "never really had plans of leaving Baltimore," Smith said in an interview with Garrett Downing on an Episode of Final Drive.
"It's like being in a relationship for a long time and then being single all of a sudden," Smith said. "You think you're going to get all these looks but maybe they're not looking at you the same way."
"In my heart, I never really had plans of leaving Baltimore."
CB Jimmy Smith discussed his decision to stay with the Ravens after testing free agency. pic.twitter.com/cd8KPfpUsi
Smith was the team's first-round pick in 2011 out of Colorado and, although he's struggled with injuries throughout his career, "he gives the Ravens some veteran depth behind an incredibly talented trio of cornerbacks already on the roster," NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis outlined in a recent article surrounding the roster addition.
"Free agency is a different beast in itself but my goal was always to come back," Smith said. "I'm back and happier than ever."
Ravens fans seem to be happy that the vet is returning next season, so Smith will have to hang up that bachelor card one more time.
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Ravens' Jimmy Smith compares free agency to being single with no options originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington