Jacoby Jones Would Welcome WR Steve Smith With Open Arms

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Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith is on the market.

The Carolina Panthers released the five-time Pro Bowler Thursday morning, and the Ravens are expected to pursue him according to multiple reports.

One person who would be glad to see Smith come to Baltimore is recently re-signed wide receiver Jacoby Jones.


"He can play.  It would be nice," Jones said after signing his four-year contract Thursday. "I'm open arms. If you can play, and they like you, then I love you."

Interest between Smith and the Ravens is mutual, as he reportedly told the Panthers he would accept a trade to Baltimore before getting released.

Smith, 34, is entering his 14th NFL season. He is coming off a down season by his standards, catching 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound receiver has been one of the NFL's most productive targets over the course of his career. He would bring a veteran, hard-nosed presence to the receiving corps, similar to what the Ravens had with Anquan Boldin.

Smith has 836 catches for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns in his career.

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