The Star Democrat

Ravens veterans face uncertain futures after season finale


For Baltimore defensive back Jimmy Smith, the possibilit­y of retirement is now more than just talk.

“Anybody who knows me knows that I’ve been retiring since my rookie year. I always say it. It’s just how I talk,” he said Wednesday. “But to actually really think about it, it’s too surreal, to be honest.”

The Ravens’ season will likely end this weekend when they host Pittsburgh. Although both teams harbor faint playoff hopes, much of the focus is on the fact that this could be the final game for Steelers quarterbac­k Ben Roethlisbe­rger. Amid all of that, there are some veterans on the Baltimore side who may also be wrapping up their careers — or at least have difficult decisions to make.

The 33-year-old Smith has spent his whole career with the Ravens. Defensive tackle Calais Campbell has been with Baltimore just two seasons, and at age 35, it’s not clear what his future holds. Offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva is 33 and nearing the end of his first season with the Ravens. He’ll be facing his former team this weekend.

“Just walking in today, I was talking to

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States