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Steve Smith buys Lardarius Webb Dunkin’ Donuts after practice fight

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Steve Smith and Lardarius Webb got into an altercation during Baltimore Ravens minicamp on Wednesday. The fight doesn’t sound like it was quite as spirited as the one Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks got into, but the two veterans had to be separated by teammates.

On Thursday morning, Smith let everyone know he has no hard feelings toward Webb by offering him Dunkin’ Donuts.

“Peace offering from 89,” Smith wrote along with the photo you see above. “(Lardarius Webb) everybody loves dunkin. #glazeUpson the world runs on dunkin #stevesmith.”

I hope Smith is getting a little kickback from Dunkin’ on that one, because that’s a pretty solid advertisement for them. Glaze up, son? That’s gold.

Fortunately for Webb, Smith didn’t draw any blood during the scrum. It wouldn’t have been the first time he clocked a teammate during practice.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Did Ron Rivera take shot at Steve Smith with NASCAR analogy?

Ron Rivera PanthersCarolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera spent some time recently with another successful coach in sports to try picking up some tips. That person is Chad Knaus, who is Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief and has helped his driver win six championships.

While talking with ESPN’s David Newton about what he learned from Knaus, Rivera made an analogy that some believe applies to the situation with former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. It came up in the context of Knaus swapping out Johnson’s entire 7-man pit crew in 2010 and going on to win the Sprint Cup.

“This guy may jack the car up a 10th of a second faster, but he doesn’t work as well together with others,” Rivera said, “while this guy may be a 10th of a second slower, yet he works well with everybody. We’re the same way. It’s about, ‘How does this guy fit in the locker room?’”

And just like that, the team’s reason for cutting Smith — the franchise’s leading receiver — became even more clear.

A report said the Panthers’ GM viewed Smith as a distraction, and what Rivera said about the locker room seems to be the exact issue with Smith.

However, in March, the Panthers said Smith was cut for football reasons and cited his declining speed. Maybe both were factors in the decision.

H/T Pro Football Talk

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

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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.