Coach John Harbaugh conceded Monday that the thought of luring Smith back to Baltimore for a 17th NFL season has "crossed my mind, of course."
"If he wants to come back, he's welcome. Absolutely," Harbaugh continued, via ESPN.com. "You like every good football player you can get. But I don't want to speak for Steve. He's had an unbelievably awesome career."
Harbaugh isn't alone in delivering that message. Fellow wideout Mike Wallace revealed that he pitched the idea of another season or two after Smith celebrated his career milestone on Sunday.
Although Wallace noted that Smith is a "special player and a special person," he acknowledged that the former Carolina Panthers star will "probably" retire.
Since the start of this season, though, Smith has not publicly addressed his NFL future.
Here's hoping Harbaugh can coax the most entertaining playmaker of his generation back to Baltimore for one final swan song in 2017.