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If Steve Smith is still retiring, Ravens should trade him to a contender

Steve Smith, Kenneth Acker, Antoine Bethea


The Ravens, at 1-5 through six games, are as a practical matter done. Sure, they could in theory run the table and make it to the playoffs. However, it’s a long shot at best that it will happen.

So with veteran receiver Steve Smith still intent on retiring after the season, the Ravens should consider finding a way to get value for a guy who won’t be with the team in 2016.

Plenty of contenders need receivers, and the Packers would be a great fit for a savvy veteran who knows how to get open and how to inspire young players. Smith has shown an affinity for stepping up and performing on the postseason stage, and the Packers could use a kick in the butt when it’s time to play in the single-elimination format, given their struggles since 2010 to progress deep into the field.

With a prime-time game coming up against the Cardinals on Monday night, Smith could showcase his skills in a way that would prompt a contender to pick up the phone and make the Ravens an offer that, given Smith’s plans and the current predicament of the team, would be hard to refuse.