The Baltimore Ravens have signed running back Musa Smith to a one-year deal worth roughly $1 million, including nearly a half-million signing bonus.
Smith is a potential candidate to be the Ravens' starting running back depending on what happens with stalled negotiations with Jamal Lewis. The Ravens are still seeking a starting running back either through free agency or via trade.
With the Bills bringing in running backs Dominic Rhodes and Chris Brown for visits today, they are likely still looking to broker a trade for disgruntled runner Willis McGahee. An NFL source told Ravens Insider earlier Tuesday that a trade is a strong consideration for Baltimore.
Smith has been plagued by injuries since Baltimore drafted him in the third round out of Georgia, including a neck injury this year that has been remedied by successful offseason surgery.
"Musa is thrilled to be coming back," said Smith's agent, Jack Reale. "He feels very fairly treated. He's looking forward to rewarding the club's loyalty to him with a strong and healthy season now that he's gotten his injuries taken care off.
"He's been cleared medically. He's had miserable luck. I think he's going to burst out this year. I think their plan is to get him on the field a lot this year."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.
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