The Ravens added some depth to the tight end position today, signing former Eagle L.J. Smith to a 1-year deal reportedly worth $1.5 million.
Smith, a Rutgers alum, spent his first 6 seasons in Philadelphia. His best season was in 2005, when he caught 61 passes for 682 yards. That was also the only time in his career he started all 16 games. He averaged only 3 touchdowns per season over his time in Philly, which is pretty unimpressive when you think about it. The Eagles have been a pass-heavy team for as long as anybody can remember, and their problems with finding consistently productive wide receivers mirror those of the Ravens.
Smith joins Todd Heap, Quinn Sypniewski, and Edgar Jones as Ravens’ tight ends.
“Eagles fan” had this to say about Smith: “His initials actually stand for ‘Loser, Jerk, Shithead.’ He whined about wanting out of Philly in 2007, when the team was struggling. Who did he think he was? A guy who never caught more than 5 TDs in a season, or went for more than 700 yards, and he’s acting like some prima donna WR. A real class act you guys got on your hands there. I’d expect Harbaugh to know better.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement…but Welcome to B’More, L.J.!