Steve Smith planned on retiring as a Carolina Panther after 2014 season

Steve Smith

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith is still upset about how the Carolina Panthers handled his release. Smith, who was with the Panthers for 13 years and is team’s all time leading receiver, felt like he deserved better.

He signed a three-year deal with the Ravens back in March but it wasn’t suppose to happen. Smith said that he planned to retire as a Panther after the 2014 season.

“The only people who knew were my close friends and my wife,” Smith said Wednesday afternoon.

“This year was actually going to be my last year in Carolina. I was going to retire. I was done. I had been waking up every day about 3 a.m. and wrestling with some things in my quiet time.

“I finally decided and made the commitment to my family. I told them, ‘I’m done. I don’t think I can do it much longer. My knee was sore and I knew all the work I had put into my career and what it would take. I came to terms with it, that this year was going to be my last year ever playing football.”

With a three-year deal, Smith’s plans have changed but he also said that he is done after his contract is up.

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