The Ravens have given Troy Smith the low tender, according to the backup quarterback's agent.
The move opens up the possibility that a team in need of a quarterback could swoop in and sign Smith to an offer sheet, given that it would only cost them a fifth-round pick (the round that Smith was originally drafted) if the Ravens refuse to match the offer.
Smith would earn $1.1 million this season if he stays under the tender.
The former Ohio State star and Heisman Trophy winner has made it known that he would like to get a shot as a starter, which won't happen in Baltimore unless Joe Flacco suffers an injury.
A team without a clear starting QB might now be inclined to make a move to bring Smith aboard.