Steve Smith gets pulled over during radio interview

Steve SmithBaltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith had a bit of a hiccup during his interview with The Dan LeBatard show on ESPN Radio Thursday. The veteran wide receiver was pulled over by police shortly after the interview began.

Smith was in the middle of answering a question about players in the NFL that he doesn’t like when it sounded like he got distracted.

“Oh, see you guys got me in trouble,” he said. “I’m getting pulled over by the police.”

Smith said he was not speeding and that he was guessing the cops pulled him over because he was talking on the phone. He offered to put the hosts on hold until after he dealt with the police, so they chatted among themselves for a while. It didn’t take long for him to return to the phone line.

“Hey, when you don’t have any warrants or prior arrests it goes a long way with being a good citizen,” Smith said.

He downplayed the influence of the fact that he is an NFL receiver and said he was cleared when police realized he had no priors. When asked why he got pulled over, Smith pulled the race card.

“Hey, you know, a brother driving a nice car,” he said. “Sometimes they’ve got to make sure the registration all matches up.”

And that was that. Fortunately for Smith, slugging an unsuspecting teammate doesn’t go on your permanent record. Otherwise, he may have had to chat with police a little longer.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Steve Smith will have ‘SR’ on the back of his Ravens jersey


Steve Smith will be the second wide receiver named Smith on the Baltimore Ravens’ roster when he takes the field this summer. The obvious thing for him and Torrey Smith to do would be to wear “T. Smith” and “S.Smith” on the backs of their jerseys, but the former Carolina Panthers has found another way to distinguish himself from Torrey. He’ll be wearing “SR.”

Smith has a son who is also named Steve, which is short for Stevonne. He shared the photo you see above on Twitter Thursday and wrote “1st one with SR,” though I’m not sure if he means the first Raven with “SR” or the first player in the NFL. If it’s the latter, Smith would be wrong. Titus Young added “SR.” to the back of his jersey in 2012 after his son was born during the offseason.

Or, as our friend DJ Gallo pointed out, maybe the Ravens are simply admitting they have signed a senior citizen.

Steve Smith chooses Ravens over Seahawks, Patriots, Chargers and Redskins

Steve Smith PanthersSteve Smith signed a 3-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, a day after he was released by the Carolina Panthers.

Though Smith chose to sign with Baltimore, he had no shortage of offers or interest.

According to Ravens reporter Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, Smith said he had an offer from the San Diego Chargers. Smith also said the Seahawks, Patriots and Redskins wanted him to come for a visit. Bill Belichick even spoke to him personally told him that the Patriots wanted to bring him in. Smith cancelled his Monday visit to New England after signing his deal with the Ravens.

Smith’s deal will pay him $1 million next season and includes a $3.5 million signing bonus.

Though Smith turns 35 in May and had declining production last season, this list of interested teams shows us that many franchises out there still believe Smith can be a good, productive player. That’s what we’ve been saying all along.

This is a good addition for the Ravens at a fair price. We don’t expect Smith to make it to his third year with the team or maybe even his second, but he should be good to go next season.

Steve Smith says there will be ‘blood and guts everywhere’ if he faces Panthers

Steve SmithSteve Smith will always have a place in the hearts of Carolina Panthers fans. He spent 14 seasons with the Panthers and was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL during many of them. However, Smith did not leave Carolina on the best terms after general manager Dave Gettleman reportedly felt that he had become a distraction.

After he was released on Thursday, Smith had nothing but praise the city of Charlotte, Panthers fans and team owner Jerry Richardson. He was not as kind to Gettleman.

“It doesn’t change my respect and relationship with the Panthers organization as far as Mr. and Mrs. Richardson and the family,” he told Taylor Zarzour on SiriusXM’s Bleacher Report Radio, via Pro Football Talk. ”They’ve done great things for me as a man and professionally. You can’t allow an individual or individuals to change how much a corporation or organization has treated me. I won’t allow that to happen.

“I believe my legacy as a Carolina Panther exceeds one individual for a short amount of time.”

Smith added that he is being relocated for work but will always consider Charlotte his home. In a separate interview with WFNZ’s Frank Garcia and Mark Yarbro, he was a bit more animated.

“I want to make sure that whatever team I go to, they’re going to get the best, in shape 35-year-old guy they can get,” Smith said, per PFT’s Josh Alper. “If that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium, put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.”

By that, Smith means he’s going to give it his all against his former team. That is to be expected, since he is one of the most emotional players in NFL history.

If you ask me, Smith has handled his release well. You can’t blame him for not liking Gettleman. Good on him for not letting his emotions toward one individual taint what should be an amicable farewell.

Steve Smith released by Panthers; Ravens ‘favorite’ to sign him

Steve SmithAs expected, the Carolina Panthers released Steve Smith on Thursday. He is expected to draw interest from a number of teams, with Adam Schefter reporting that the Baltimore Ravens are the favorite to sign the 35-year-old veteran.

There is no doubt that Smith has lost a step. He appeared to revive his career when Cam Newton became the starting quarterback in Carolina, but he caught just 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns last season. Smith is no longer a downfield threat or a No. 1 receiving option, but he can still be a possession receiver who plays with a physical attitude and isn’t afraid of contact.

Baltimore has been lacking a possession receiver since Anquan Boldin left. Many expected Torrey Smith to emerge as a legitimate No. 1 receiver last season, and you could argue that he did by eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career. However, Torrey is still more of a burner. Steve could help the Ravens in the middle part of the field and open up the deep ball.

Other teams who will likely kick the tires on Smith include the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. At this point, it may come down to which team believes Smith’s performance on the field will outweigh his outspoken attitude, which wore out its welcome in Carolina. No team should expect fireworks on the field.

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman reportedly sees Steve Smith as a distraction

Steve SmithThe Carolina Panthers have not yet waived Steve Smith, but it seems like a split between the two sides is inevitable.

There have been reports saying the Panthers are trying to trade Smith, who turns 35 in May and is coming off one of his least productive seasons. It sounds like there is more than just age and declining production factoring into the team’s decision to shop the receiver.

According to a Charlotte Observer report, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman views Smith as a distraction. The report says Gettleman wants to turn the locker room over to young quarterback Cam Newton and young linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Smith is a media and fan favorite because he is a tough guy with a serious attitude and because he loves to talk. He’s as real as it gets and plays with a chip on his shoulder, but that also results in him making a lot of headlines.

Having a chip on his shoulder may fuel Smith to be his best, but it also makes him a distraction. Maybe Carolina is getting rid of him at the right time. I just know that he still has another good season left and would line up to sign him if I were another team. The Ravens are said to be a good landing spot if Carolina lets Smith go.

H/T Rotoworld

Ravens might sign Steve Smith if he is released?

Steve SmithSteve Smith has not yet been released by the Carolina Panthers, but a market for his services should shape up in case the team lets him go.

In fact, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun mentions the Ravens as a strong potential landing spot for Smith if the wide receiver is cut. Smith is set to make $3 million from Carolina even if the team cuts him. His cap figure for 2014 is $7 million.

In addition to the Ravens, Wilson says the Buccaneers could make sense for Smith.

Baltimore seems like a great spot for Smith. He has the toughness that would fit in well with that team and the type of personality GM Ozzie Newsome likes. He can still make big plays despite being 35, and Baltimore certainly lacked quality receiving options opposite Torrey Smith.

Keep in mind, though, that things with Smith might take some time to develop as the Panthers are still deciding what they’ll do with him.