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    Steve Smith signs on with Ravens

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.
    Bob Leverone/Associated Press/File
    Julian Edelman is shopping himself after being unable to come to terms with the Patriots.

    Free agent wide receiver Steve Smith has signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

    Smith, 34, was released by the Carolina Panthers Thursday after 13 seasons, and the Ravens were eager to provide quarterback Joe Flacco with another target.

    Smith ranks 19th in the NFL in career receptions. He caught 64 passes for 746 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.


    Baltimore has had a void at wide receiver since trading Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers after winning the Super Bowl in February 2013. The Ravens went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.

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    Smith is Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions (836), yards receiving (12,197), and touchdowns (67).

    The Ravens also signed linebacker Daryl Smith to a four-year deal that solidifies the middle of Baltimore’s defense.

    In other NFL news Friday:

      Free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman was expected to visit with the San Francisco 49ers Friday, according to an report.


    Edelman, who turned down a contract offer from the Patriots just prior to the start of free agency, has also drawn interest from the Browns, Texans, and Ravens.

    Edelman, entering his sixth NFL season, is coming off a breakout year in which he led the Patriots with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.

      Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes made a free agent visit to the Buffalo Bills.

    Spikes, who has said he thinks he needs a fresh start away from New England, could have an ally in Buffalo already. Former Patriots defensive assistant Pepper Johnson, who left the team after last season, is now the defensive line coach in Buffalo.

      Bengals coach Marvin Lewis signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him on the job through the 2015 season. Lewis has led the Bengals to three straight playoff berths, a first for the franchise that began play in 1968. But the Bengals are 0-5 in the playoffs under Lewis.


      Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he’s been released by the Titans, who signed Charlie Whitehurst on Thursday to back up Jake Locker. ‘‘You can say I’ve been released, yes,’’ the former Harvard quarterback told the Associated Press. Fitzpatrick signed a two-year contract with the Titans last March.

    Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who made a free agent visit to the Patriots this week, has agreed on a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. Woodyard, who played in Denver last season, agreed to a deal worth $16 million, NFL Network reported.

      The Packers re-signed defensive tackle B.J. Raji, reportedly to a one-year deal worth $4 million.

      Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is returning to the Lions. Pettigrew agreed to a four-year deal worth $16 million, with $8 million guaranteed, the Detroit Free Press reported.

      Linebacker Jon Beason is going be back in the middle of the Giants defense. The team confirmed that he re-signed but did not disclose details. Reports say it was worth $19 million over three years. The Giants also re-signed fullback Henry Hynoski.

      The Panthers signed free agent tight end Mike McNeill from the Rams to a two-year contract.

      Veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed with the Dolphins, and he’ll try to mount a comeback from an injury-plagued 2013. Finnegan, an All-Pro in 2008, started only five games last year for the Rams.

      The Vikings re-signed receiver Jerome Simpson.

      The Saints re-signed linebacker/special teams player Ramon Humber to a one-year contract.