The Ravens made the signing of tight end L.J. Smith official Friday after the former Philadelphia Eagle passed a physical.
According to multiple media reports, Smith inked a one-year deal.
Smith gives the Ravens another weapon behind **Todd Heap** at tight end, adding a pass-catching threat to Baltimore's offense.
The roster move is head coach **John Harbaugh’s** first addition from the Eagles, where he coached from 1998-2008.
"We are very pleased to add such a talented and experienced tight end," said Harbaugh. "Obviously I had the opportunity to be around L.J. for a number of years in Philadelphia, and there is a comfort level that we have with each other. I know that he is a good fit as a Raven and will be a great addition to our team."
Smith visited with Ravens officials at team headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., Tuesday, the same day Ray Lewis!(/team/roster/ray-lewis/1c6d5ed3-fe49-4a89-a6b5-9e358e906ae7/ "Ray Lewis") was at the facility for a press conference celebrating his new contract. He had also visited the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.
Last season, Smith caught 37 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, but he has been plagued by injury in the past. Regarded as the best tight end left in free agency, Smith missed six games in 2007 with a sports hernia and two in 2008 with a shoulder problem.
Still, Smith had definitely been productive. From 2005-06, Smith hauled in 111 balls for 1,293 yards and eight scores.
The former second-round draft pick joins a group that includes Heap, **Quinn Sypniewski**, who is returning from a season-ending knee injury, and **Edgar Jones**, a converted linebacker/defensive end.