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By Mike Wilkening

Head coach John Harbaugh has left open the possibility that RFA QB Troy Smith could be dealt, but he indicated that the Ravens' preference was to keep him, save for a trade that would be "beneficial" to the club. "I think Troy can play quarterback in this league as a starter," Harbaugh said at the Combine. "That's why we like him as our backup, because at some point in time we're going to need a guy to win two, three, four games for us if Joe (Flacco) gets hurt. Although at the same time, I think we understand Troy's desire to be a starter. If something would work out where it's beneficial to the Ravens from our perspective and it gives him a chance to do that down the road somewhere, then we're interested in doing that. But Troy is our backup quarterback at this point, and I don't think we're going to change that unless it benefits our football team." Smith, who turns 26 in July, has three years of NFL experience. He was positioned to be the Ravens' starting quarterback in 2008, but a bout of tonsillitis opened the door for Flacco to take the starting job. The UFA QB class isn't particularly deep, with Miami's Chad Pennington perhaps the standout, even after coming off a right shoulder injury. While this doesn't hurt Smith's odds of being dealt, the Ravens' stance on the issue is clear — interested parties will have to step up with a good offer.


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