Despite a rough start in the 2015 NFL regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will not trade veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. to any contender, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
"There is no chance of that. I wouldn't part with him," said Harbaugh via RealGM.com about the 15-year veteran.
Ravens Rule Out Trading Steve Smith Sr.: https://t.co/f4wVUQ4lJt
— RealGM Football (@RealGMFootball) October 23, 2015
Smith Sr. is pegged to be playing in his final year in the NFL after announcing previously that he will retire after the current 2015 season. The Ravens have one win in six games so far in this regular season for their worst start in franchise history.
The Ravens lost their first three games, to the Denver Broncos (19-13), Oakland Raiders (37-33) and Cincinnati Bengals (28-24), before notching their first win against the Pittsburgh Steelers (23-20). They have since lost back-to-back games to the Cleveland Browns (33-30) and San Francisco 49ers (25-20).
"If they would trade me, I would quit," Smith Sr. said last Friday to the Baltimore Sun. "I like to finish what I started." The Smith trade talk began last week when Smith’s son, Peyton Smith took to Twitter to send his father back to the Carolina Panthers, where Smith Sr. played for from 2001 to 2013.
Panthers should trade all their receivers to Baltimore and bring back my dad. #dreamteam
— P (@peytondsmith) October 18, 2015
In 5 games for the Ravens this season, the 36-year-old Smith has logged 510 receiving yards on 36 receptions with three touchdowns. The Ravens will face the Arizona Cardinals in this week’s Monday Night Football with Smith expected to play despite a back/ribs injury recently.