Report: Ravens favorite to land Steve Smith, who was officially released today

In a move that had been widely expected, the Panthers released veteran wide receiver Steve Smith today after not finding a willing trade partner.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Ravens have emerged as the favorite to land the soon-to-be 35-year-old wideout.

Despite his size, Smith is one of the toughest receivers players in the league. If it's possible, he will play with an even bigger chip on his shoulder this season than he has in the past.

If Smith gets a chance to face his now-former team, he said earlier today to “[p]ut your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.”

After trading Anquan Boldin last offseason and losing Dennis Pitta to injury for most of the season, the Ravens offense as a whole struggled last year. Only the Rams, Jags and Bucs averaged fewer yards per game than the Ravens (307.4) in 2013.

Torrey Smith had 65 receptions for a career-high 1,128 yards and four touchdowns, but he cooled off considerably after his strong start. Smith had nearly as much production in his first five games (27/556/1) as he had in his final 11 games (38/572/3).

The potential addition of (Steve) Smith, who could have a similar role to Boldin when he was a Raven, along with a healthier Pitta would help improve the team's offensive outlook in 2014.

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