Steve Smith announced back in August that he was going to retire at the end of the 2015 season. A three time All-Pro and with a Super Bowl appearance under his belt the scrappy receiver had nothing left to prove in the NFL. That was before he was injured and was last seen leaving the field with a torn achilles against the Chargers. Evidently Smith didn’t want that image to be the last thing the fans saw. Today he announced he will return in 2016 in Baltimore.
— Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) December 30, 2015
At 36 years of age Smith doesn’t have a lot of prove. He’s made a name for himself for his firey temper and big plays over the years but he is making his mark in the NFL record book and could be a future Hall of Famer. Smith is ranked #11 on the league’s all-time receiving list with with 13,392 yards and is only 72 yards behind James Lofton who is ranked #10.
Smith played the first 13 years of his career in Carolina but was let go in 2014 after he asked to be released. He signed with Baltimore shortly after and caught over 1,000 yards in his first year with the Ravens.
2016 will be the final year on Smith’s three year deal with Baltimore. He is scheduled to make $3 million next year.