Ravens QB Troy Smith Signs RFA Tender

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports Baltimore Ravens restricted free agent quarterback Troy Smith has signed his one-year tender.

A fifth-round pick (174th overall) out of Ohio State, Smith was tendered at the "Original Round" level, and his tender carries a base salary of $1.101 million dollars for 2010.

Smith has appeared in 14 games during his career, completing 53.9% of his passes for 558 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 79.7. The 6-0, 225-pound Smith started a pair of games late in his rookie season, guiding the Ravens to a 1-1 record to close out the regular season.

That was not enough to keep the Ravens from choosing quarterback Joe Flacco in the first-round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and Flacco's emergence as one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL has meant Smith faces a limited future with the Ravens.

Smith has lobbied to be traded, with his former agent, Pittsburgh-based Ralph Cindrich, saying Smith "would crawl from Baltimore right now to be able to play in Cleveland", Smith's hometown, and that Smith instructed Cindrich to "get me home" this off-season.

Smith recently replaced Cindrich with Cleveland-based agent Neil Cornrich.

Now that Smith has signed his tender, he can be traded, though with the Browns signing of Jake Delhomme, acquisiting of Seneca Wallace from the Seattle Seahawks, and rumored interest in draft-eligible quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, it's doubtful that Smith is near the center of Mike Holmgren's radar screen.

Smith's first NFL start was against a Holmgren-coached Seahawks team at Qwest Field in 2007.

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