OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he would welcome wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. back for another season, but Smith had already indicated that he planned to retire.
“That is what he has told me,” Harbaugh said of Smith’s retirement plans. “I think he has pretty much told everybody that.
"If he wants to come back, he is welcome, absolutely. You like every good football player you can get, but I don't want to speak for Steve. He has had an unbelievably awesome career."
The subject of Smith’s status came up following Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Cowboys, when Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace said he would try to talk Smith out of retiring. Smith surpassed 1,000 catches for his career Sunday, during an outstanding performance with eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Asked if he would try to talk Smith out of retirement, Wallace said, “I’m going to try to, but I doubt if it’s going to work. Steve has his own mind…Steve’s crazy. Everybody knows it. I just know when he’s set on something, he’s set on it. I definitely will try. But right now, I’m just enjoying every day I get to spend with him.
“He’s a legendary player,” Wallace said. “I was just telling him after the game, ‘You can play a couple of more years if you want to.’ I think he’s done probably after this year. Sixteen years is a long time. If anybody can keep playing, it’s him. It’s just an honor to be on a team with him, every day to see the way he works, the way he carries himself. I love that guy to death. Wish I would’ve had more time with him. But when you have greatness around you, you just take whatever you can get, absorb whatever you can get from him. One thousand catches don’t come easy.’”