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Steve Smith was about to hang up his cleats before being released by Panthers

According to’s Don Banks, Steve Smith the newsst wide out of the Baltimore Ravens decided in January to play one final season with the Panthers and then retire to spend time with his family next offseason.

“My knee was sore and I knew all the work I had put into my career and what it would take,” Smith explained. “I came to terms with it, that this year was going to be my last year ever playing football.”

That changed though when Smith landed a new three year deal to play for the Baltimore Ravens. Smith signed a three-year, $11 million dollar deal in Baltimore.

Smith says he is recommitted to football and plans to play out the contract before retiring as an honorary member of the Panthers.

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