Ravens Extend Star Corner Jimmy Smith

Despite a foot injury that prematurely ended his 2014 season, Jimmy Smith had taken the proper steps into becoming one of the game's most defensible cornerbacks.

Today, he's been compensated as such.

Smith has agreed to an extension with the Ravens, a deal that is being reported as four years, $48 million, with $21 million in guaranteed money. The team had exercised Smith's fifth-year option in April of last year, but the new contract will delay the 26-year-old from hitting the open market for another five years. 

Smith came along slowly with the Ravens, starting only five games his first two years, though flashes of his potential came full-circle in 2013, when he became a key fixture in the Ravens' secondary. The 2014 season was meant to be his breakout campaign, though a Lisfranc injury cut his season short after eight games. 

Smith had allowed just 20 catches on 39 targets in eight games a year ago, not allowing a touchdown. 

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