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NFL’s Ravens Sign Receiver Steve Smith After Release by Panthers

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Steve Smith, 34, was the Carolina Panthers’ franchise leader in receptions, touchdowns and yards receiving.

The Baltimore Ravens signed five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith to a three-year contract a day after he was released by the Carolina Panthers.

“We’ve added one of the top competitors in the NFL to the Ravens,” Baltimore Vice President and General Manager Ozzie Newsome said last night in a team release. “Steve is a proven player who has performed his best in big games and on the biggest stages like the playoffs and Super Bowl.”

Smith, 34, was the Panthers’ franchise leader in receptions, touchdowns and yards receiving. General Manager Dave Gettleman called him the “face of the franchise” while announcing his release on the National Football League team’s website.

In a 13-year career spent entirely with the Panthers, Smith has 12,197 yards receiving with 75 total touchdowns and 836 catches. Last season, he had 64 catches for 745 yards and four scores.

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