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Ravens sign LB Roquan Smith to record five-year, $100M deal

By newadmin / Published on Tuesday, 10 Jan 2023 19:25 PM / No Comments / 2 views

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The Baltimore Ravens locked up one of their defensive linchpins on Tuesday, as NFL Network reported that Baltimore agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with linebacker Roquan Smith.

The deal includes $45 million fully guaranteed and $60 million in total guarantees. This makes Smith the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history and the first to net $20 million per season.

Baltimore acquired Smith, who was set to hit the open market this offseason, from the Chicago Bears for second- and fifth-round draft picks and linebacker A.J. Klein at the trade deadline. Smith has totaled 86 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three passes defensed and two sacks across nine games with the Ravens.

Chicago selected Smith with the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Georgia. Smith was the Bears’ leading tackler in each of his four complete seasons with them (2018-21).

Smith is one of six Ravens players who made the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games roster. It’s his first such honor.

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