The Baltimore Ravens have signed free-agent WR Steve Smith to a three-year contract, Shutdown Corner has learned.
Smith was cut by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and was contacted by five teams, but his first visit was to the Ravens — and they never let him get away.

GM Ozzie Newsome was hot on Smith's trail from the moment the Panthers cut the 13-year veteran. Smith spoke with Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak on Thursday night and then flew to Baltimore to meet with the team. On Friday, they agred to terms on a deal he is expected to sign soon.

Smith adds a veteran pass catcher to an offense that lacked consistent production with Joe Flacco last season. Flacco now has receiving options all over the field with deep threat Torrey Smith, seam weapon Dennis Pitta, short weapon Ray Rice (if he returns) and now Smith, who no longer has elite speed but can catch passes at short, intermediate and deep lengths.

The fit in Baltimore also is good because Smith's wife, Angie, is due to deliver the couple's fourth child later this summer, and Smith wanted to pick a team that was close to home so he can return for the delivery.