The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver announced Wednesday that he will return for a 16th NFL season in 2016.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported nearly two weeks ago that Smith was eyeing a return, provided his rehabilitation from Achilles surgery was proceeding smoothly.
At the level Smith was playing, we suspect he would have opted for one more shot at a Super Bowl ring regardless of the injury.
Smith will be playing out the final year of a three-year, $10.5 million deal. At the bargain rate of $3 million in 2016, his roster spot is a no-brainer for a Baltimore team lacking stability at wide receiver.
One of the transcendent playmakers of his generation, Smith will enter 2016 ranked 11th in career receiving yards with a chance to enter the top-five by the end of his final season if he regains the form that had him intending to "wound, damage and puncture" on his way out of the league.