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  CFL | Troy Smith heads north    Thu Aug 15, 12:23 AM

Free-agent QB Troy Smith (Steelers) signed a two-year deal Wednesday, Aug. 14, with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Footballguys view: Smith last played in the NFL back in 2010 where he started a handful of games for the 49ers. We'll see if he can make an impact in the Canadian Football League.

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  Raiders | Worked out Troy Smith    Thu Apr 11, 07:17 PM

The Oakland Raiders worked out free-agent QB Troy Smith (Steelers) Wednesday, April 10.

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  NFL | Troy Smith wants to keep playing     Thu Jul 5, 10:40 AM

Free-agent QB Troy Smith (Steelers) said he will continue to search for an NFL team, even if his future looks uncertain at this point. Smith was recently released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. 'We'll just keep plugging and plugging,' Smith said.

Footballguys view: Smith can continue playing football, but at this point in his career a move to the Canadian Football League seems more likely than sticking with a NFL team.

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  Steelers | Troy Smith released    Mon Jun 25, 04:35 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released QB Troy Smith.

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  Steelers | Troy Smith signed    Fri Jan 20, 01:34 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent QB Troy Smith (49ers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: This move doesn't mean they won't look at late-round developmental QBs in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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  Raiders | Troy Smith an option?    Mon Oct 17, 07:18 PM

The Oakland Raiders could look to sign free-agent QB Troy Smith (49ers) with QB Jason Campbell's (collarbone) season in jeopardy. However, Smith would appear to be a long shot to be acquired.

Footballguys view: Smith at least has an aggressive mentality about throwing downfield, but the rest of his game was exposed as deficient last year.

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  Dolphins | Worked out Troy Smith    Sat Aug 6, 02:12 PM

The Miami Dolphins worked out free-agent QB Troy Smith (49ers) but decided not to sign him.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins have one of the worst QB situations in the league. Chad Henne has been struggling daily in practice while Dolphins fans are chanting for Broncos QB Kyle Orton. Smith failed to impress as the 49ers starter last year and would not be an upgrade over Henne or Matt Moore.

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  49ers | Troy Smith unlikely to return    Fri Feb 18, 12:39 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent QB Troy Smith this offseason, reports Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com.

Footballguys view: Smith should move on in free agency, and will have a difficult time finding a team where he can compete for a starting job.

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  49ers | Bringing back Troy Smith does not look like priority    Fri Feb 11, 07:43 PM

The San Francisco 49ers apparently do not see re-signing impending free-agent QB Troy Smith as a high priority this offseason, reports Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com.

Footballguys view: Smith looks like he's 'one and done' in San Francisco, and will have to go elsewhere if he wants to compete for a starting job.

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  49ers | GM Trent Baalke says QB of future not on roster    Thu Jan 13, 01:04 AM

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday, Jan. 12, that the quarterback of the future is not on the current roster, and that he'll look to draft, trade or pick up a quarterback via free agency, reports Daniel Brown, of the San Jose Mercury News. 'Is the quarterback of the future on this roster? I think it's obvious that he isn't at this point, but things could change and they will change through one of those three vehicles,' Baalke said in a radio interview with Mike Florio, of ProFootballTalk.com. It doesn't sound like QBs Alex Smith or Troy Smith are in the plans to start in 2011.

Footballguys view: Baalke is correct. The 49ers have kept Alex Smith around too long, and need to move on from him ASAP. The team could decide to not only bring in a veteran QB like Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, or Kyle Orton but they could also select a rookie in the 2011 NFL Draft as well.

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  49ers | Top two QBs see playing time Week 16    Sun Dec 26, 05:19 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith went 7-for-19 for 153 yards one touchdown and one interception in the team's Week 16 game against the St. Louis Rams while QB Alex Smith went 10-for-15 for 120 yards, reports The Associated Press.

Footballguys view: The adage about really having no starting quarterback when you have two has never been truer.

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  49ers | Top two QBs could see time Week 16    Fri Dec 24, 12:49 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith will start the team's Week 16 game but QB Alex Smith could also see playing time during the game, reports Eric Branch, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Head coach Mike Singletary said he asked offensive coordinator Mike Johnson to make a game plan that that would allow the possibility for both quarterbacks to play in the game.

Footballguys view: In other words, the Rams defense looks like a good play this week.

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  49ers | Troy Smith will start Week 16    Wed Dec 22, 03:05 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith will be the team's starting quarterback in Week 16, a source told Jason La Canfora, of NFL Network.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are going back to Troy Smith after two weeks of Alex Smith starting. This move could signal more of a commitment to the ground game, and a somewhat limited passing game.

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  49ers | Not naming QB for Week 16    Tue Dec 21, 02:36 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has decided on his starting quarterback for Week 16 against the St. Louis Rams, but he has declined to announce his decision between QBs Alex Smith and Troy Smith, according to The Associated Press. Singletary said both quarterbacks could play in the game.

Footballguys view: Oh that tricky Mike Singletary. The 49ers are likely to make several changes in the offseason, like finding a new head coach and a new franchise quarterback.

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  49ers | Another quarterback change for Week 16?    Fri Dec 17, 10:23 AM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said following the team's Week 15 loss that he will consider switching from QB Alex Smith to QB Troy Smith for Week 16, according to Matt Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee. Singletary considered pulling Smith during Week 15. 'Once again, I want to get back and look at the film,' Singletary said. 'It wasn't just Alex ... I think our offensive line has to do a better job in terms of protecting him.' Smith threw for 165 yards and was sacked six times.

Footballguys view: This sure feels like the last actions of a drowning coach who is about to go under for the last time.

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  49ers | Alex Smith allows offense to expand    Tue Dec 7, 10:29 AM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said the decision to start QB Alex Smith over QB Troy Smith in Week 14 was made because it allows for the team to use the entire playbook, particularly with RB Frank Gore (hip) out, according to CBSSports.com.

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  49ers | Alex Smith to start in Week 14    Mon Dec 6, 10:05 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith is expected to start in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, reports Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. Alex Smith replaces QB Troy Smith, who had started the past five games.

Footballguys view: Great news for Brian Westbrook owners, not so much for Crabtree owners. The 49ers should just give Nate Davis a shot at this point instead of going back to a QB that has already failed repeatedly.

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  49ers | Alex Smith may return as starter    Mon Dec 6, 05:50 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (shoulder) could return as the starting quarterback in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco. Head coach Mike Singletary is evaluating the position on a week-to-week basis. QB Troy Smith had 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers.

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  49ers | Not ready to decide on Week 14 starting QB    Mon Dec 6, 03:50 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said he has not decided whether QB Troy Smith or QB Alex Smith (shoulder) will start in Week 14, reports Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith has been up and down for the 49ers, and the team may decide to move back to Alex Smith to get back on the winning track.

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  49ers | Troy Smith not good at eluding pass rush    Wed Nov 24, 12:40 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith, who has been confirmed as the team's starter for Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals, has been sacked 11 times in 59 pass attempts in two games (one every 5.4 attempts), according to Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Conversely, QB Alex Smith has attempted 242 passes and taken just 13 sacks (one every 18.6 attempts). "If you can avoid a sack, if you can avoid a costly mistake, you do just that," Troy Smith added. "I just have to continue to get better."

Footballguys view: In other words, start the fantasy defense playing the 49ers. This week it's the Cardinals.

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  49ers | Troy Smith will start Week 12    Mon Nov 22, 03:01 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said QB Troy Smith will start in the team's Week 12 game, reports CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith did not have a good game against the Buccaneers after leading the 49ers to wins in the previous two weeks. His passes were way off for most of the game, and he didn't look to run when he should have.

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  49ers | Mike Singletary noncommittal on starting QB    Mon Nov 22, 10:32 AM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary will not commit to QB Troy Smith as his starting quarterback for Week 12, according to David White, of the San Francisco Chrionicle.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith did not have a good game against the Buccaneers, so the team may decide to plug Alex Smith back in as the starter.

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  49ers | Troy Smith update    Mon Nov 15, 06:07 PM

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith has taken over the starting duties at quarterback on a week-to-week basis, according to CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco. 'I think they feel comfortable with both quarterbacks,' head coach Mike Singletary said. 'I don't think it's a big thing one way or the other. I think our team understands that I'm going to go with the guy that's winning right now.'

Footballguys view: There's no reason to take Troy Smith out of the lineup from here on out. Alex Smith has had dozens of chances over the last six years to prove himself, and he's never looked as good as Troy Smith did on Sunday.

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  49ers | Troy Smith to start Week 11    Mon Nov 15, 03:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said QB Troy Smith will start the team's Week 11 game, according to CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco.

Footballguys view: Not a surprise here. Mike Singletary wanted to look at the tape from Sunday's game before making a decision about his starting quarterback. The decision in our eyes has always been simple. Starting Troy Smith gives the 49ers the best shot to win each Sunday.

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  49ers | Troy Smith plays well Week 10    Sun Nov 14, 09:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith went 17-for-28 for 356 yards and one touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in Week 10, according to The Associated Press.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith is a good quarterback, and should be the starter for the 49ers for the rest of the season. He's extremely athletic, but thinks about passing first and had a good day through the air. Smith is the type of quarterback who makes everyone around him better, and his emergence should keep Alex Smith on the bench.

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  49ers | Troy Smith to start Week 10    Fri Nov 12, 05:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith has been named the starting quarterback for the team's Week 10 game, reports CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco.

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  49ers | Troy Smith likely to start Week 10    Wed Nov 10, 02:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said QB Troy Smith likely will start in Week 10, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith gets another start for the 49ers and could potentially win the job for good if he performs well against Rams.

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  49ers | No decision on Week 10 quarterback    Mon Nov 8, 09:15 PM

San Francisco 49ers QBs Alex D. Smith (shoulder) and Troy Smith say they haven't been told who will start in Week 10, reports The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows. A. Smith said his shoulder is almost back to normal, and he was able to complete a normal workout Monday, Nov. 8, but he hasn't resumed throwing yet and hasn't been cleared to by doctors. It could be one more week before A. Smith is able to return.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith earned the right to get an expanded look as the 49ers starting quarterback with his performance against the Broncos in week eight. If he plays well again this week then the team may decide to go forward with him as their starter.

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  49ers | Troy Smith could remain starting quarterback    Mon Nov 1, 09:56 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith will likely remain the team's starting quarterback moving forward after receiving a win and a game ball in Week 8, according to Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com. 'We're going to continue to go forward with Troy Smith right now,' head coach Mike Singletary said. 'We're going into the bye week, and as far as Alex Smith is concerned, it's a week-to-week deal. I'll wait and talk to our doctors, trainers, whatever. But we'll make those decisions as we need to.'

Footballguys view: Troy Smith should remain the starting quarterback for the 49ers. He can make plays with his arm or his feet, and inspires confidence in his teammates.

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  49ers | Week 8 will be Troy Smith's first start since 2007    Wed Oct 27, 10:37 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith, who will start in Week 8, has not started a regular-season game since 2007, according to ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Smith is not your prototypical quarterback, but his intangibles make him an intriguing prospect. He has a strong arm, keeps his eyes downfield when a play breaks down, and is a great scrambler.

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  49ers | Troy Smith to start in Week 8    Wed Oct 27, 10:04 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith will start in the team�s Week 8 game in place of QB Alex D. Smith (shoulder), according to head coach Mike Singletary, reports Matt Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee.

Footballguys view: We all knew that David Carr was not the answer here. The Baltimore Ravens released Troy Smith before the season started, and San Francisco was quick to scoop up the former Heisman Trophy winner. Smith has good athleticism, a strong arm, and great leadership ability. This could be his chance to take over as the 49ers starter for the rest of the year.

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  49ers | Troy Smith to start Week 8    Wed Oct 27, 09:10 AM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has named QB Troy Smith as the team's starting quarterback for Week 8, reports The Associated Press. Singletary said Smith knows the offense well enough to play and gives the team a chance to win.

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  49ers | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 24, 11:53 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared OT Alex Boone, OT Barry Sims, FS Chris Maragos, C Eric Heitmann, WR Jason Hill, LB Keaton Kristick, WR Kyle Williams, QB Troy Smith inactive for Week 7.

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  49ers | Week 6 Inactives    Sun Oct 17, 03:06 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared OT Alex Boone, OT Barry Sims, SS Curtis Taylor, TE Delanie Walker, WR Jason Hill, WR Kyle Williams, OG Tony Wragge, QB Troy Smith inactive for Week 6.

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  49ers | Troy Smith probable for Week 6    Fri Oct 15, 07:36 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith (abdomen) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 15, reports Daniel Brown, of the San Jose Mercury News. He is listed as probable for Week 6 and is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback.

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  49ers | Three limited in Thursday practice    Thu Oct 14, 06:50 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith (abdomen), OG Adam Snyder (quadriceps) and OT Joe Staley (shoulder) were all limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 14, reports the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

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  49ers | Week 5 Inactives    Sun Oct 10, 07:28 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared OT Alex Boone, OT Barry Sims, TE Delanie Walker, C Eric Heitmann, WR Jason Hill, WR Kyle Williams, CB Tramaine Brock, QB Troy Smith inactive for Week 5.

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  49ers | Week 4 Inactives    Sun Oct 3, 11:48 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared OT Alex Boone, OT Barry Sims, C Eric Heitmann, SS Michael Lewis, WR Ted Ginn Jr., CB Tramaine Brock, QB Troy Smith, CB William James inactive for Week 4.

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  49ers | Week 2 Inactives    Mon Sep 20, 07:15 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared OT Alex Boone, OG Chilo Rachal, C Eric Heitmann, WR Kyle Williams, WR Ted Ginn Jr., CB Tramaine Brock, QB Troy Smith, CB William James inactive for Week 2.

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  49ers | Week 1 Inactives    Sun Sep 12, 03:31 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Ahmad Brooks, OT Alex Boone, OT Barry Sims, C Eric Heitmann, WR Kyle Williams, CB Tramaine Brock, QB Troy Smith, CB William James inactive for Week 1.

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  49ers | Will have competition for No. 2 QB job    Wed Sep 8, 10:49 AM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said QBs David Carr and Troy Smith will compete for the No. 2 quarterback job during practices, according to Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith could actually win the job to be the primary backup behind Alex Smith. We'll see how David Carr responds to this competition. It's a win for the 49ers either way because now they have three experienced quarterbacks on the roster.

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  49ers | Could use wildcat this season    Tue Sep 7, 10:24 AM

The San Francisco 49ers could incorporate the wildcat this season, particularly after the addition of QB Troy Smith, according to CBSSports.com.

Footballguys view: Jimmy Raye, the 49ers offensive coordinator, wanted to use the Wildcat last year but did not have the type of players best suited to run the subpackage offense. Now with a guy like Troy Smith he could break out the Wildcat on unsuspecting defenses.

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  49ers | Troy Smith signed    Tue Sep 7, 10:22 AM

The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent QB Troy Smith (Ravens), according to Daniel Brown, of the San Jose Mercury News. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Smith will serve as the No. 3 quarterback.

Footballguys view: The 49ers could have something here with Smith. When he picks up the offense he could challenge David Carr as the primary backup behind Alex Smith.

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  Ravens | Troy Smith, eight others released    Sat Sep 4, 04:57 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have released DB K.J. Gerard, WR Justin Harper, CB Chris Hawkins, S Brad Jones, OL Bryan Mattison, OL Joe Reitz, QB Troy Smith, RB Curtis Steele and WR Demetrius Williams.

Footballguys view: Troy Smith was the surprise cut from this list. The veteran quarterback should be able to find a new home fairly quickly because the lack of quality players at the position. Curtis Steele could wind up on the practice squad and has good upside.

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  Ravens | Troy Smith sees extended action    Fri Sep 3, 01:13 AM

Baltimore Ravens backup QB Troy Smith saw extended time in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 2. He hit 18 of 38 passes for 237 yards with two interceptions, and rushed seven times for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

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  Ravens | Troy Smith expected to play entire game Thursday    Thu Sep 2, 10:49 AM

Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith is expected to start and play the team's entire preseason game Thursday, Sept. 2, reports Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, according to a league source. Smith is competing for the team's No. 3 quarterback job.

Footballguys view: There are some who believe Smith is being showcased to help promote a trade for the young quarterback. Others feel he's actually on the roster bubble and could lose his spot on the team because of needs at other positions.

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  Ravens | Troy Smith to play whole game Thursday    Wed Sep 1, 02:57 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith will start the team's final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 2, and will play the entire game, a source told Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun.

Footballguys view: Some believe that Smith is on the roster bubble and needs a big game to prove that he belongs on the final roster. Others think the team is trying to showcase Smith in order to trade him before the start of the regular season.

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  Ravens | Troy Smith working as No. 2 quarterback    Tue Jul 27, 11:46 AM

Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith is taking snaps after starting QB Joe Flacco in practice Tuesday, July 27, according to CBSSports.com. QB John Beck is third in the rotation, followed by QB Marc Bulger.

Footballguys view: This is an interesting move after the Ravens signed Marc Bulger. Many expect Bulger to win the backup job behind Joe Flacco, and Smith could find himself on the trading block.

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  Ravens | Troy Smith fine with QB Marc Bulger addition    Wed Jul 21, 06:54 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith said he is fine with the team signing QB Marc Bulger, reports Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun. 'I'm proud to have another teammate. He's definitely a good guy. I've been a fan of his for a while. That side of what's going on, I can't control,' Smith said.

Footballguys view: Smith is saying the right things, at least partially so that no potential trade partner gets worried that he won't be ok with his place on the depth chart or other moves the team may make at QB.

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  Ravens | Ed Reed questions Marc Bulger addition    Wed Jul 21, 10:22 AM

Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed said during a radio interview that QB Troy Smith would be more qualified to serve as the team's backup quarterback than QB Marc Bulger, according to The Baltimore Sun. Reed said Smith would give the team a better chance to win a championship if called upon and that Bulger is 'just another guy that's been in the league and been around.'

Footballguys view: There were players on the roster that thought Smith should have gotten the starting nod during Flacco's rookie season (after Smith recovered from his illness). We like Smith's game, but the Ravens have indicated they don't trust him as their backup and that's why Marc Bulger was signed. Smith has been wanting a trade for some time now so he could have a shot at being a starter somewhere else, and the Ravens could deal him before the season if the price is right.

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