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Ravens wide out says he is 89% sure he is done; Antonio Gates says he wants to return

Ravens wide out Steve Smith is calling it a career after this season

Ravens wide out Steve Smith is calling it a career after this season

Steve Smith has been a big time player since entering the league out of Utah. He is now pretty sure his time is coming to an end.

The Baltimore Ravens receiver said he’s “89 percent sure” what he’s going to do after the season. Smith said his sons still want him to play, but noted his daughter wants him home.

“Football is a conduit. It’s a platform, good and bad, but it gives you an opportunity,” a subdued Smith said. “Football’s given me probably more than I probably could give football back. For 2016-17 and beyond, it is probably my last game.

“People say, ‘come back and get some statistics.’ I got the best statistic ever: I played 16 years,” Smith said.

While Smith seems to be heading out the door, Antonio Gates the Chargers tight end says he is considering a return to San Diego… If they stay there….

“This is not the way I expected to be done,” Gates said, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’m definitely leaning toward coming back.”

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