On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Jul. 11, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT Junior Ravens Cheerleaders Camp

    Designed to focus on specific competitive cheer skills, Junior Ravens is the perfect camp for competitive cheerleaders! Participants will have the chance to perform at our annual Fireworks Night during Training Camp at M&T Bank Stadium.

  • Wed., Jul. 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT Lil Ravens Cheer Camp At the 2016 Ravens Cheerleaders Lil Ravens Summer Camp kids will enjoy activities and crafts including, individual cheerleading instruction, performance opportunities, autographs from the Ravens Cheerleaders, and an end-of-camp all-day celebration.
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016

News

Print
RSS

Daryl Smith, Corey Graham, James Ihedigbo Want To Return

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Three Ravens defensive veterans will be looking for new contracts this offseason.


The Ravens had a lot of turnover on defense last offseason.

Will it happen again this summer?

Baltimore has several key veteran defensive players that will hit the market this offseason: defensive tackle Art Jones, inside linebacker Daryl Smith, safety James Ihedigbo and cornerback Corey Graham.

As they cleaned out their lockers Monday, all of them indicated they would like to stick around.

But as is the case in the cruel free agency salary cap crunch, wishes don’t always come true.

Each player has a good case for coming back, as they were all starters at some point that played very well in Baltimore.

Jones is still dealing with his concussion and declined media interviews. The 27-year-old former fifth-round pick rounded into one of the team’s best and most consistent defensive linemen with 53 tackles and four sacks.

He could be in line to get a big payday somewhere considering his age and that his stock is still rising.

Smith was seen by some in the Baltimore media as the team’s most valuable player this year. The 31-year-old veteran was signed to help fill in for Ray Lewis, and exceeded expectations. He led the team in tackles (123) and was second in passes defensed (19).

“Most definitely [I want to return],” Smith said. “I love it here and would love to be back. We’ll see how it goes, though.”

Smith was asked whether he has had conversations with the front office about staying.

“I think they want me back, but we’ll see,” Smith said. “Only time will tell. I know they’ve got a lot of stuff to do this year, and a lot of guys [whose contracts have ended]. So, we’ll see.”

Ihedigbo has been in Baltimore for two years, and emerged as the team’s starting strong safety this season. He started all 16 games, made 101 tackles, and had 11 passes defensed and three interceptions. Ihedigbo was a definite leader in the locker room and on the field for the defense.

Ihedigbo said the free agency process is out of his hands, and he’ll let his agent handle that. But he feels like he proved he can remain a starter.

“That was a goal personally going into the season is to prove that I’m a Pro Bowl-caliber player,” he said. “With the support of my teammates, I definitely believe I made that impact.”

After finishing last year as a starter, Graham took on the No. 3 role in 2013. He still made a big impact and was on the field often. Graham had 74 tackles and a team-high four interceptions.

Graham went from a Pro Bowl special teams player to a legitimate starting cornerback during his two season in Baltimore. He has been one of the team’s top playmakers at his position.

“Yes, I would like to be here,” Graham said. “When you win a Super Bowl somewhere, you get the opportunity to play somewhere, and things start to go well for you, you want to be in the place where they gave you opportunities. It’s a good organization; they gave me a chance to play.”

As is the case with many players, the end of the season brings sudden uncertainty.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, whether I’m going to be here or going to be somewhere else,” Graham said before stuffing the last of his locker into a trash bag and walking out the door.

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos