Harbaugh says Bucs got 'great one' in LB Daryl Smith
New Bucs strongside linebacker Daryl Smith spent the last three years in Baltimore, totaling more than 120 tackles each season, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tampa Bay is getting a leader who will set the tone for younger players.
"Daryl Smith, gosh, you guys got a great one," Harbaugh said at the NFL annual meetings in Boca Raton. "He's going to come to work every day, he's going to show your young players the way, how to work, how to play. He knows the game inside and out. He's going to be physical, he's going to be in the right gap, he's going to know the coverage, know the game plan and work with your young guys on and off the field. Just a fabulous, tremendous human being."
Smith, 34, was cut by the Ravens three weeks ago, allowing him to come to Tampa Bay and reunite with familiar faces. He worked with head coach Dirk Koetter, defensive coordinator Mike Smith and linebackers coach Mark Duffner during his time with the Jaguars, and Harbaugh said he isn't done making plays in the NFL.
"He's still got a few years left," Harbaugh said. "I understand why he's not with us anymore. We have certain priorities as far as what we need to do with our team, and Daryl understood that. I think you've got a great one there."