The Ravens must be very confident in a new contract for Smith and one under what he was reportedly asking for this summer - $20m per & a new record for ILB guaranteed money.
Smith’s negotiations with the Bears fell apart while he was representing himself - sounds like things got too personal for him. And after his brief quasi-hold out, the NFL sent out a memo telling all teams to not communicate with an a person acting as Smith’s unregistered representative. I know the Ravens have a strong front office and team culture, but seems like contract negotiations with Smith are very tricky.
Bears now have a 1st, 2 2nds, a 3rd, 2 4ths, 2 5ths, and a 7th round draft pick in 2023 plus a projected $110m in cap space. It’s going to be a very different squad next season.