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Inside linebacker Daryl Smith has signed a four-year contract worth $16.1 million dollars as the Baltimore Ravens continue to reward their own free agents with deals.

The Ravens gained quite a bargain last season after signing Smith to a one-year deal worth $2.125 million dollars. Smith turned that into a fine season for the Ravens, pacing the team with 123 total tackles. Smith also had 18 passes defended to go along with five sacks and three interceptions.

According to Pro Football Focus, Smith was tied for 5th in pass coverage among inside linebackers in 2013, allowing just four touchdowns all season.

He’ll make $6.1 million next season as the team’s starting inside linebacker.

The team reportedly had interest in free agent LB Wesley Woodyard, Wilson reports, but the team all along maintained their intention on retaining the 32-year old linebacker who just happens to be celebrating his birthday in a big way today.

Smith is now the fourth Raven to agree to a long-term deal, joining Dennis Pitta, Eugene Monroe and Jacoby Jones.