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).