Steve Smith made it clear he wanted to come back for another year with the Ravens. But right after the season, coach John Harbaugh said he wanted to make sure Smith took some time to make the right decision.
That worried some people, namely Smith.
But the Ravens coach said at the NFL Scouting Combine he wanted to keep the veteran wideout around.
“I talked to Steve last week, he’s excited,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “He’s planning on being back. We’re planning on having him back. That’s a goal of ours. I don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t happen.”
Smith caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards last year, with six touchdowns. He was hot early in the year, particularly so he could stick it to the Panthers after they released him. But while his play tailed late, he was productive in the playoffs.
He’s still in good enough physical shape to play at a high level, even if they want to monitor his snaps in the future.
The issue will become finding a way to fire him up. Smith turns 36 in May, and won’t have the easy motivation of proving people wrong like he did last season. Assuming the Ravens find a way to do that, there’s no reason not to keep him around.