Za'Darius Smith - OLB - Free Agent (maybe)

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  1. VondyP

    VondyP Sunshiner General

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    I've been thinking that this guy seems like a like pickup in FA if he ends up there, and our ESPN reporter is talking him up today so I thought I'd fire up a thread.

    OLB - Drafted by Pees to the Ravens
    27 years old

    2018 Statline:
    8 Games Started
    45 Tackles
    8.5 sacks
    25 QB Hits
    10 TFL


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    Obviously he would already know the entire system having come from the Ravens and Pees hand picking him at the time. We are desperate for OLB with Morgan and Orakpo going out the door and this seems like a no brainer to me.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. TorontoTitanFan

    TorontoTitanFan Pro Bowler

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    One-year wonder who is gonna get overpaid. Wouldn't be the first Ravens pass-rusher to get hot right before free agency and then never really do anything big again. Remember Pernell McPhee? Paul Kruger?
     
  3. VondyP

    VondyP Sunshiner General

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    dont think he's a one year wonder, he just didnt play before. his 8 starts this season matches his CAREER games started prior to this season. ravens stacked themselves at LB through the years so they rotated a lot.
     
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  4. ICBW

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    reminds me of orakpo. almost same age too. get a guy cheap in FA with injury history for cheap. don’t see any real risk if we bring him in for rotation. still need to draft well though.
     
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  5. VondyP

    VondyP Sunshiner General

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    well we need a starter opposite landry since we are losing both rak and morgan, i think this could be the guy if pees is in love with him still, like he apparently was during the draft process.
     
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    abc2330 Starter

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    17th most pressures at his respective position. Has ties to Pees. Can kick inside on passing downs. Supposedly a tone setter at practice. Shouldn't be too expensive. I could definitely see it happening
     
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  7. HurrayTitans!

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    I’m good for depth and definitely if it’s a pass rusher.

    I don’t know how an 8game season comes off as a one year wonder either? This guy is a question mark for durability and if he’s as good as that half season. Both should keep cost down a little but that also means other teams will likely pursue him.
     
  8. TorontoTitanFan

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    If he's cheap, then yeah it's an easy decision to sign him. But I don't expect this guy to come cheap.
     
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  9. TorontoTitanFan

    TorontoTitanFan Pro Bowler

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    Because he has one good season on his career resume and it came in 2018. Doubled his sack and tackle totals for 2016 and 2017 combined.

    Could it be a sign of things to come? Sure. But he wouldn't be the first below-average player to have one good season in a contract year and then never really do anything again.
     
  10. HurrayTitans!

    HurrayTitans! Pro Bowler

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    Ok. An 8 game season to me doesn’t really even qualify for a one year wonder. That’s like someone breaking the bank for Henry right now because of a monster December.


    If that 8 games puts him among the highest paid FA this offseason, then let him walk.
     
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