It looks like two-time Super Bowl champ and former Missouri Southern State University standout Rod Smith is nearing the end of his NFL career.
Today's Denver Post reports the Broncos have placed Smith on the retired list. That does not necessarily mean the wide receiver is finished, however:
The move was made for roster maintenance purposes. Any player on the.
retired/reserve list does not count against the team's offseason 80-man roster
or its salary cap. Smith was to draw a $1.5 million base salary this season.
While Smith endorses the transaction, he is not completely surrendering hope
he can overcome enormous odds and recover from the badly damaged left hip that
forced him to miss the entire 2007 season.
Thus, the team will not hold a
major retirement press conference befitting a player of Smith's stature. The
team continues to hold his rights.
"At this point, he agreed to this move,
but it leaves the door open for him to be reinstated if through rehab he's
physically able to play again," said Tom Mills, Smith's agent. "That decision
will come on another day."
Smith, who will turn 38 in May, is not only
team's career leader in receptions (849), yards (11,389) and receiving
touchdowns (68), but the all-time leader among NFL undrafted players in those
He had major hip surgery following the 2006 season but did not
recover as hoped. He recently underwent a second procedure on the hip