Troy Smith’s agent, Ralph Cindrich, has made it pretty clear over the last couple months that the Ravens’ backup quarterback wants to be traded.
But just in case anyone forgot, Cindrich sent us another reminder.
Talking to the Canton Repository, Cindrich said that Smith wants to get a chance with another NFL team, and he’s got a particular one in mind.
“He would crawl from Baltimore right now to be able to play in Cleveland,” Cindrich told the paper. “That’s clearly where his heart is. That’s where his love is. He has a great relationship in Baltimore and with the fans as long as I don’t muck it up too much. He has a great relationship with [Ravens GM] Ozzie Newsome.
“It’s just that this is where home is. In the offseason, he tells me, ‘Get me home.’”
Smith is a fan favorite in Ohio, where he won a Heisman Trophy as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
A three-year veteran, Smith is a restricted free agent this offseason. The Ravens gave him the low tender, which can be viewed as an invitation to the rest of the league that he’s available. Another team can sign Smith to an offer sheet, and if the Ravens choose not to match it, the team would only need to give Baltimore a fifth-round pick as compensation.
The Browns don’t have a clear-cut starting quarterback at this point, which is likely one of the main reasons why Cindrich sees Cleveland as a good fit for his client.
“Cleveland has been on the up and up on this thing,” Cindrich said. “I did hear from a source there may have been discussions between the Ravens and Browns.”