The Musa Smith Story: Waiting to Exhale


It has been over a full month since former Ravens RB Musa Smith hit the free agency. Personally, I expected him to make a big splash. I expected owners to look past his injuries that have come off from serious hits and falls, and not Donovanesque-run-out-of-bounds injuries. I expected owners to check the stats (2007: 16 games played, one game started, 75 rushing attempts, 264 total yards, 3.5 yards per carry, two touchdowns, 27 receptions, 192 yards, 7.1 yards per reception) and sign the bulldozing, hard-to-tackle back. But nope; Smith is still waiting for that call.

“I wasn’t on the market this long last time in free agency, so this is different for me,” Smith said after reflecting his $1, one-year contract signed with his former team, the Ravens. “I’m just staying busy, working out and just praying for a call to come through. Hopefully, some good things will happen.” Smith’s five seasons of injuries culminated with 2004’s broken leg and 2006’s neck injury. Both surgeries took at least 25 games away from Smith’s NFL career from 2004-2006.

And now that Smith’s healthy, he hasn’t had the chance to prove it. “It is frustrating and disappointing to be on the market this long because I finished the season healthy,” Smith said. “I got a full year under my belt, post-surgery, and played a lot of football. That was important to prove that I could do that. Some teams don’t want to take a chance, but I’m healthy and I’m staying in good shape. I don’t know what the problem is.”

In early March, Jack Reale, Smith’s agent, told the Carroll County Times that “We’re in a wait-and-see mode with Musa. Musa’s a good football player and he would love to be back with Baltimore. Hopefully, something can be worked out.”

Smith finished the 2007 season with a career-high 83 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith would like to re-sign with Baltimore, but their team officials have yet to contact him on business terms. Smith, if you’re reading, you’re prayers will be answered. Change venues and prove to the NFL you’re a future elite, feature back waiting for the right chance to show them all the truth.

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