Smith Sr. wrote on Twitter that he intends to return for one more year. He also wrote, “Wit the blessing of my family, friends, & fans!! 2016 let’s give’em hell.”
His message with the tweet said “2016 Declaration of Intention This Year, I will:
- Do what I love, enjoying quality time with my family
- Defy the odds, restoring my body to its optimal condition
- Make a comeback, returning to the Baltimore Ravens ready to play football in 2016.
He was having a very productive season this season before suffering a torn Achilles in Week 8. He had 46 receptions for 670 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s first seven games.
He’s still facing a lengthy recovery from his injury. But with pro athletes, they have been able to come back quicker than normal human beings.
The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro played in his fewest games since the 2004 season with the Carolina Panthers. During that season, he played in one game and had six receptions for 60-yards before getting hurt.
He’ll be coming into the 2016 season with 13,932 yards. That’s 11th among the all-time leaders.
The Ravens will get another weapon back with this move, as they’ll also have Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett returning, as well. Flacco and Forsett were both injured in the same game late in the season.
The 2016 season will be the final year of a three-year, $10.5 million contract he signed with the Ravens in 2014 after being released by the Panthers.