Report: Ravens sign Jimmy Smith to one-year extension originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Ravens will have cornerback Jimmy Smith around for his 11th season in Baltimore in 2021, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Smith, 32, reportedly signed a one year, $5 million deal with the Ravens to stick around for another season in the purple and black.
He’s played well in 2020 when healthy, though he’s played in just 11 of 15 games thanks to shoulder and rib injuries. Behind Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, Smith has played well as the team’s third corner offering versatility, leadership and veteran savviness.
Ravens’ defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said he hadn’t heard anything about a deal as of his media availability on Thursday morning, but he thought it would be great for both parties.
“First of all, Jimmy is a pro’s pro,” Martindale said. “He’s going to do whatever he can to get on the field. If he’s not on the field, that means that he’s hurt. For a guy of his size to be able to do the things he does to be able to play out there at corner on the island, it’s amazing. There’s no challenge he doesn’t like. We speak the same language, it’s like we’re family now. I’ve been here 10 years with him.”
With Smith under contract for 2021, the Ravens have Smith, Peters, Humphrey, Tavon Young, Anthony Averett and Iman Marshall locked in for next season in a position group that once again appears to be loaded with talent.
“That’s a congrats to my boy Jimmy,” Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said. “That’s a blessing for him. I think he didn't want to end this year missing as many games as he did, I think he’s going to come back with revenge this year and next year. He just means a lot. He’s a Raven, he’s been a Raven his whole career. He still can play. I know that, everybody else knows that. Just turn on the film.”
The Ravens are hopeful that they’ll get Smith back for the team’s playoff run. He’s played just two of the team’s last five games. If they do face strong passing attacks in Kansas City, Pittsburgh or Buffalo, Smith will no doubt be needed.
This year, Smith has been credited with 27 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.