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March 15, 2014

Smith eager to join Ravens

The Associated Press

Steve Smith is eager to continue his NFL career in Baltimore, where he’s just a short flight from his permanent home in Charlotte.

The longtime Panthers standout wide receiver 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 the 34-year-old Smith on Friday. Smith was released by the Panthers after 13 seasons.

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

One of the reasons he chose Baltimore, he noted, is because it’s about a one-hour flight to Charlotte, where his family will continue to live. Smith’s wife, Angie, is expecting their fourth child later this year.

Smith ranks 19th in the NFL in career receptions. He caught 64 passes for 746 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. Smith is Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions (836), yards receiving (12,197) and touchdowns (67).

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PATRIOTS: The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with suspended free agent cornerback Brandon Browner, who confirmed the agreement on Twitter. The deal is for three years and carries a maximum value of $17 million.

PACKERS: Defensive tackle B.J. Raji has agreed to a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers, a source told ESPN. Raji is expected to make $4 million.

BEARS: Chicago agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.5 million deal with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman.

TITANS: Michael Oher has reached agreement with Tennessee on a four-year, $20 million deal.

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