Ravens WR Steve Smith will retire following 2015 season

The Baltimore Ravens were happy to sign veteran wide receiver Steve Smith last offseason, and he was a big part of their offense during the 2014 season. Now, he has announced that he will retire following the upcoming 2015 season.

Ravens WR Steve Smith announces that this, his 15th season, will be his last. He's retiring at seasons end.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) August 10, 2015

During the 2014 season with the Ravens, Smith ended up catching 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. He showed the ability to make plays down the field, as well as make some moves in the open field for extra yardage as well. His career has been full of big plays, and there is absolutely nothing holding him back from doing so once again in his final season.

Throughout the 14 season that he has played so far between the Ravens and Carolina Panthers, Smith has caught 915 total passes for 13,262 yards and 73 touchdowns.

Smith has left his mark on the NFL, and he isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon. He has been one of the league’s toughest and most dependable players in this era, and overcame quite a few different problems that could have made him not succeed. Despite those issues, he is still going to have a chance at going down as one of the best receivers during the early 2000’s.

It will be interesting to see what type of season he has this year for the Ravens. They are without question going to be a contender in the AFC, and this being his last season are likely to allow him to play as much as possible rather than limiting his playing time.

Expect to see him come through with yet another big season to end his career, and to leave everything on the field and be the feisty player that he once was.

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