Ravens WR Steve Smith to retire after this season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith says he will retire at the end of the 2015 season, his 15th in the NFL.

The five-time Pro Bowler announced Monday that he will walk away from the game after the second season of a three-year contract with Baltimore.

Smith says, ''I feel like it's time. My body feels great, but not everybody gets this opportunity.''

Smith said he made his decision in April, not long after he caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Ravens.

He is one of 12 players in league history to record 900 catches, 13,000 receiving yards and 70 touchdown receptions.

The 36-year-old played the first 13 seasons of his career with Carolina. He is the Panthers' all-time leading receiver.


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