Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is having an excellent season in the midst of a brutal 1-5 start for a team that was supposed to be a strong playoff contender. Baltimore’s current situation hasn’t changed his outlook on his career wrapping up following the 2015 NFL season, however.
Per reports, when prompted about his preseason declaration that 2015 would be his final run in pro football, Smith suggested he is still retiring, saying that he is “right on schedule” to end his career.
There has been speculation that Smith could be reconsidering his stance, and the reason is three-fold. For one, ending a brilliant career on a losing team could leave a sour taste in one of the league’s more fiery competitor’s mouth, he’s still clearly at the top of his game and the way he handled recent questions about his pending retirement (seemingly dodging questions and not using the word “retirement”) have many thinking he could play at least one more year.
The clock is ticking for Smith one way or another at age 36, but it’s obvious that he’s still one of the better receivers in the league thanks to a hot start that includes a ridiculous 36-510-3 line. Despite missing week five due to small cracks in his backs, Smith returned last week to drop seven catches, 137 yards and a score on the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, he’s on pace for one of his best seasons yet, overall.
It remains to be seen whether or not Smith will ask to be traded, whether the Ravens will simply make that decision for him or if he’ll bite the bullet and ride 2015 out and give it one more shot in 2016. The future is a mystery, so NFL, Ravens and fantasy football fans alike should just enjoy Smith’s 2015 ride while it lasts. Even with the Ravens likely out of the playoff picture, it figures to be an entertaining show.