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Steve Smith, cut by Carolina, agrees to 3-year deal with Baltimore

Wide receiver Steve Smith didn’t waste time finding a new home, signing a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens about 24 hours after being released by Carolina.

The Associated Press

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Steve Smith is eager to continue his career in Baltimore, where he is a short flight from his permanent home in Charlotte, N.C.

The longtime standout wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers didn’t waste time finding a new home, signing a three-year contract with the Ravens about 24 hours after being released by Carolina.

The Ravens announced the signing of Smith, 34, on Friday.

“This has been an organization with a history of giving veteran players a chance and meshing them with younger players,” Smith said.

Smith said he had a contract offer from the San Diego Chargers and canceled a visit with New England scheduled for Monday.

Smith said the Seahawks and Washington also expressed interest.

Smith caught 64 passes for 746 yards and four touchdowns last season. He is Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions (836), yards receiving (12,197) and touchdowns (67).

Smith told Charlotte-based radio station WFNZ-AM on Wednesday that fans will need to wear goggles because there will “blood and guts everywhere” on the field when he plays the Panthers. Smith backed off those comments Friday.


• Free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes, 26, previously with New England, agreed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.

• NFC North teams were busy holding on to veteran players.

Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with Charles Tillman, 33, a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback; Detroit re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew, 29, who will get a $16 million, four-year deal; and Green Bay re-signed defensive tackle B.J. Raji, 27 to a one-year, $4 million contract.

• Cornerback Cortland Finnegan, 30, who served as his own agent, agreed to a contract with Miami after being hampered by injuries last season with St. Louis. The Dolphins added former Rams guard Shelley Smith, 26, with a $5.5 million, two-year contract.

•QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 31, said he was released by Tennessee. The Titans agreed to deals with linebacker Wesley Woodyard, 27, previously with Denver, and tackle Michael Oher, 27, previously with Baltimore.

• San Francisco signed free-agent cornerback Chris Cook, 27, to a one-year contract.

• By mutual agreement, linebacker Will Herring — an ex-Seahawk who spent the past three seasons with New Orleans — won’t play for Dallas, after all.

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