The Ravens are expected to emerge as a strong potential landing spot for Carolina Panthers veteran wide receiver Steve Smith should he be released today, according to league sources.

Smith is expected to be cut, barring an unexpected trade developing in the next few hours for the five-time Pro Bowl selection, according to a source.

Besides the Ravens, a source said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are another team that would make a lot of sense for Smith as he would be able to compete against the Panthers twice per year in the NFC South division.

Although Smith turns 35 in May, he fits the Ravens' mold as an aggressive, tough wide receiver who could fill the void that the team has had since Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers last year. The Ravens could have Smith work in tandem with Torrey Smith, their top deep threat.

Smith carries a $7 million salary-cap figure. There is no offset language in his contract, so the Panthers would owe him $3 million if he's released.

Smith would make the $3 million, which is fully guaranteed, no matter what in addition to whatever his new team pays him on a new deal.

A trade is regarded as unlikely because of Smith's age and his base salaries of $4 million this year, $7 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016.