The Baltimore Ravens signed former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith with the hope that he’s still got gas left in the tank and to give Joe Flacco a steady, consistent and dependable weapon in the passing game.
We know the Panthers don’t think Smith can still play to the level they want, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh thinks he can still get it done.
“I think Steve Smith can still play,” Harbaugh said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, according to The Baltimore Sun. “We watched the tape — not just from last year — but previous years. Numbers are part of it. He’s not the same jet that he was when he was younger. I was at Disney with my daughter and stuff like that, and some of those roller coasters are pretty fast. They just explode off the rails now. I think he’s not quite that.”
Harbaugh admits that that extra gear isn’t there anymore for Smith who turns 35 in May, but while that extra gear may not be what it used to be after the catch, Harbaugh is confident Smith still has “plenty left” and that’s why they are confident enough to give him a three-year deal.
You can bet Smith will come to camp in the best shape he’s been in a few years after his unceremonious departure from Carolina and make the Panthers regret they let him walk.