Steve Smith announces he’s returning to Ravens next year

AP

Steve Smith was only planning on playing one more year before the Panthers cut him.

But after having his second season in Baltimore cut short because of an injury, he decided to return for a third year there.

The veteran wide receiver announced on Twitter that he was coming back next season, saying he was determined to prove himself all over again.

Smith tore his Achilles on Nov. 1, which will make his comeback complicated. But Smith’s made a reputation for doing things the hard way, even the easy ones.

Smith’s also a hard player to doubt, and his toughness is one of the reasons he’s made it in the league this long.

The 2001 third-round pick has lasted long enough to become 15th on the all-time receptions list (961) and 11th on the receiving yardage list (13,932).

57 responses to “Steve Smith announces he’s returning to Ravens next year

  1. It’s a crying shame Smith isn’t still playing for the Panthers. He deserves a legitimate shot at a ring. Another year at his age may be pushing it, however.

  2. He saw the Ravens could actually move the ball with Ryan Mallet and said…. “well if that’s the guy throwing me the ball next year… maybe I’ll give it one last try!”

  3. Finally, some good news for us Ravens fans. It’s been a disastrous year, but at least we swept the Tomlin-led Steelers and will be watching the implosion of Elway’s Broncos. Couldn’t happen to two better people 🙂

  4. Unquestionably tough, obviously extremely talented. But someone needs to tell him the whole “little man I’ve got something to prove” routine has gotten boring. Just shut up and play.

  5. Nothing says BAD football like the Ravens and a bunch of a clowns that root for this team when their real team is playing bad! The Ravens are a JOKE!

    LooL!

  6. Needs to be in the HOF. this man plays with more intensity than arguably anyone in the game. Still we never forget the paddling in a boat celebration against the vikes after he BURNED Fred Smoot. Hilarious.

    -Vikings fan

  7. Ctiggs said:

    “Good he deserves to get to 1000 receptions and 14k in yards. Plus he is great to watch and listen to.#BloodandGuts”

    Knowing Steve Smith, I bet he’s eyeing 15k in yards. 🙂

  8. Welcome back Steve!!!

    Flacco, Smith, a more experienced Kamar Aiken and Buck Allen, a healthy Perriman and an intriguing set of TEs and this offence could be right back to where it was.

  9. Always have loved Smith as a player, the guy brings everything on every play.

    Returning from a torn Achilles injury for a guy who relies on speed at 36yrs young…. he would certainly be defying odds if he comes back next year and also makes an impact.

    On the outside looking in, I’d retire. But If I was in his shoes I’d feel disappointed about this season and want to go out on a better note! Wish him all the luck!

    GO STEELERS

  10. Best player they had all season, and ran another 10 yards on a blown out leg just to finish the play. Amazing. Hotseat Harbaugh just got a 6 month extension.

  11. $10 says that 80% of the commenters on this board are fans a team who hasn’t won a SB in the 2000’s, or they hardly watch football at all.

    Trolling is a career when you don’t have a job.

  12. I saw this coming. The Ravens are going to resurge and be a huge contender next year for 3 reasons:

    1. The Ravens got astronomically unlucky with injuries. They’ll have all their guys back next year for a serious run.
    2. Higher draft picks this year. Come on, we all know the Ravens are better than their record due to injuries. The Ravens almost always draft well, and can either take a great must need player in the 1st round or trade it for more overall value, which is something to consider with their awful defense.
    3. Joe Flacco. It’s worth noting that the Ravens were in most games until Flacco got hurt, even with absolute crap everywhere else on offense.

  13. The guy has always had a lot of guts, but I don’t know if the Ravens want a 37 year old wideout attempting to play on a rehabbed Achilles tendon tear. He’s had a great career and if he makes it back from this injury to make the team at all I’d be very impressed.

  14. Just like Ray Lewis in the last Super Bowl run, even if his skills are diminished, his leadership and passion will inspire others to be better.

  15. nfloracle says:
    Dec 30, 2015 12:29 PM
    It’s a crying shame Smith isn’t still playing for the Panthers. He deserves a legitimate shot at a ring. Another year at his age may be pushing it, however.
    ———————————————

    Seriously man, I think the Ravens will win another sb before the Panthers snif the NFCCG.

  16. Welcome back Steve. We’ll take whatever you can give us next year & I for one am looking for a serious rebound after this dreaded season. Mr. Flacco is celebrating this news for sure. Get to work with Perriman & you may also have another WR to mentor through the draft.

  17. That’s good news to any real football fan! Between the lines Steve Smith is a bad bad man, love watching him play, no matter the team. Guy just flat out balls

  18. ok, now the ravens just need to talk to Joe about renegotiating his contract to allow more space for cap money to bring guys like Smith in.

    if he doesn’t agree, then Steve will have to take quite a haircut.

    maybe, back to the Panthers?

  19. Ravens should be good next year, because they were so lousy this year they get the real soft schedule.

    they will play the Dolphins, Titans, Chargers, Cleveland twice, i see them winning at least 9 games.

  20. Little mini-me drama queen. He’s gonna retire, he’s not gonna retire. It’s always all about Steve Smith. Yeah, he’s tough, but he’s a selfish player who fell off the map in 2014 in the 2nd half of the season, dropped a winning TD in the opener against Denver in 2015, and on top of all that will be coming off a major injury. He’s part of the on-going failed Ravens strategy of constantly signing receivers off the scrap heap/on their way to the glue factory instead of seriously upgrading their receiving corps. They have to be the only team in NFL history to have never had a stud wide receiver who can take over a game like Marshall or Brown or fill-in-the-blank, and decisions like this to re-sign Smith is one of the major reasons why they never move forward in that area.

  21. Idiots comparing Smitty to Peyton. The difference is Steve was one of the best receivers in the league stat-wise in ’15 before getting hurt. Can’t say the same about ’15 Peyton. Assuming he has no setbacks with the Achilles, he will be right back there in ’16.

  22. lscottman3 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:04 PM
    Ravens should be good next year, because they were so lousy this year they get the real soft schedule.

    they will play the Dolphins, Titans, Chargers, Cleveland twice, i see them winning at least 9 games.
    ________________

    Best check the standings again. You posted the fourth place opponents, the Ravens will finish third in the AFCN. At home they get:
    Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, Oakland

    Away:
    Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, NY Jets, Dallas, NY Giants, Jacksonville

    If they take 4 wins in the division they will still need 5 outside of it. The NFCE will have to be better next year than it is now and Miami looks like the only sure W in the AFCE although getting Buffalo at home certainly gives them a leg up versus having to go there. Oakland is a team on the rise and Jacksonville is trending that way.
    There may well be 9 wins there depending on health but if so it won’t be easy.

  23. Ravens should be good next year, because they were so lousy this year they get the real soft schedule.

    they will play the Dolphins, Titans, Chargers, Cleveland twice, i see them winning at least 9 games.

    ===========================
    The Ravens don’t play the Titans or the Chargers next year. They pay the Jags and the Raiders. Just sayin’.

  24. I’m very happy he’s coming back. You’ve definitely got to respect this guy as a player. He certainly may be a douche once he leaves the field, but he’s all business on it. I still remember the solid first impression I got from him maybe 10 years ago when he absolutely TORCHED the Vikings defense and left Fred Smoot as a shell of a man.

  25. @tomtravis76

    But he won’t. That’s the whole problem. Newsome has never landed a #1 wide receiver, either via draft or free agency. Boldin was the closest, but he, and Mason, and now SSS in the waning years of his career are possession/#2 type receivers. But in Newsome’s world, SSS will be the #1 receiver so he doesn’t think he’ll need to do anything else. It’s been that way with the Ravens since they came from Cleveland.

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