Daryl Smith was released by the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason and was immediately one of the top defensive players available. He is a very solid linebacker and he is now off the market. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a one-year deal with Smith.
Buccaneers are signing former Ravens LB Daryl Smith, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2016
Tampa Bay is looking to make as many improvements to their roster as they possibly can this offseason. They believe that they are a couple pieces away from playoff contention and Smith is the type of pickup that can help carry a team into the postseason.
Last season with the Ravens, Smith put up impressive all-around numbers. He recorded 121 tackles, three sacks, an interception and three defensed passes. Smith will be bringing that same playmaking ability to a Tampa Bay defense that was in need of a playmaking linebacker or two last season.
At 34-years-old, Smith is going to be great veteran leadership to the Buccaneers as well.
Needless to say, this is going to end up being a very underrated pickup for Tampa Bay. Smith is exactly the type of piece that the Buccaneers’ defense needed to take the next step. They still have some work to do, but this is a big step in the right direction.
Expect to see Smith make a major impact for the Buccaneers throughout the 2016 NFL season. He signed with them to help them compete for a playoff spot and they are certainly capable of doing so depending on how their young talent develops.