Ravens HC John Harbaugh told reporters on Friday that there’s “no chance” of them trading WR Steve Smith.
“There is no chance of that,” Harbaugh said. “I wouldn’t part with him.”
Yesterday, Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports reported that the Ravens were unlikely to consider trading Smith to another team before the upcoming trade deadline.
Edholm’s source indicated that Smith was informed by Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome that the team has no designs on dealing him before the trade deadline.
“They’re not punting on the season,” Edholm’s source said. “They’re not looking to trade [Smith] and they’re still trying to win games. I wouldn’t be shocked if they try to convince him to give it one more go [in 2016].”
“[Smith] trusts them,” Edholm’s source added. “I don’t think he’d be happy if they did suddenly trade him out of the blue, but he believes they have no plans of that anyway.”
Instead, Edholm mentions that Baltimore is more likely to try to convince Smith to return for the 2016 season, despite the fact that he has said he plans to retire after this year.
On Wednesday, Smith reiterated that he’s planning on retiring at the end of the season.
“I’m on schedule for what I discussed earlier in the year,” Smith told reporters today, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.
Smith, 36, has two years remaining on his three-year, $10.5 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $3 million this year and next.
This season, Smith has appeared in five games and caught 36 passes for 510 yards receiving and three touchdowns for the Ravens.