It seems the Baltimore Ravens' top brass don't feel like they will be able to keep one of their most productive offensive players on board for next season.
Torrey Smith is out of contract this summer, and demands for a big deal mean he will likely leave Baltimore. Smith has been one of the most effective wide receivers in the league for last few seasons, with his deep-threat ability giving teams around the NFL plenty of headaches.
But Smith is and will only ever be a deep-threat. He's not the complete receiver and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome hopes Smith's limitations will be able to let Baltimore keep him on the cheap.
"We have a history of retaining our players, especially players that have been productive," Newsome told NFL.com. "But also, we have a history of allowing our players to go out and maximize themselves in the market and go and play for other teams."
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti also echoed the thoughts of Newsome, with Bisciotti even going further and blaming the ridiculous deal that unpredictable wideout Mike Wallace received from the Dolphins for setting an unwelcome precedent.
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"Do you hope that Torrey doesn't break the bank out in the open market so we can get him for our number? That's a hard thing to say," explained Bisciotti, NFL.com reported. "I care about the kid, I want to maximize his earnings. Some of the numbers thrown out there we can't match. We don't have that kind of space.
"The difference between what we can pay Torrey and what he gets on the open market, umm, Mike Wallace got $10 million. I don't think anyone thinks that was a good deal. And so there is always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers and those guys are going to get those deals."
Miami Dolphins and Mike Wallace are likely to be angry about the comments from Bisciotti, with the Ravens owner taking the very unusual decision to openly criticize another team's past decisions. But you can understand where he's coming from, and it certainly provides bad news for Ravens fans who would like to see Smith return next season.