Steve Smith reportedly made his mind up in January that he would play one more NFL season, then retire in 2015.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Steve Smith release was strictly a football decision.
Newly acquired WR Steve Smith said he's fine with being a "complementary dude" with the Ravens.
Ravens agreed to terms with WR Steve Smith, formerly of the Panthers, on a three-year, $11 million contract.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Steve Smith will visit the Ravens on Friday.
The Ravens are "working to finalize" a visit with free agent Steve Smith.
The Ravens have reportedly emerged as the favorite to sign free agent WR Steve Smith.
Panthers released WR Steve Smith.
Steve Smith reportedly gave Panthers GM Dave Gettleman five landing spots -- the Cowboys, Patriots, Ravens, Bucs, and Chargers -- while Gettleman was trying to trade Smith.
According to the SportsXchange, the Panthers have been unable to trade Steve Smith and will release him Thursday.
Sources tell the Charlotte Observer that Panthers GM Dave Gettleman views Steve Smith as a "distraction," and wants to turn the locker room over to Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly.
The Charlotte Observer reports Oakland and Tampa Bay will be potential landing spots if/when Steve Smith is released, in addition to Baltimore.
Steve Smith's agent says he's "not going to play for the Panthers next year."
Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that Steve Smith would have the Ravens near the top if his list if he gets cut by the Panthers.