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John Harbaugh: Steve Smith 'absolutely' welcome to return

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that he has thought about trying to lure back wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. for another season.

"It has crossed my mind, of course," Harbaugh said Monday.

Harbaugh isn't the only one. Wide receiver Mike Wallace talked to Smith about delaying retirement for another year after Smith became the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 receptions.

Harbaugh said Smith told him that 2016 is his final season. Smith initially announced 2015 would be his last one, but he changed his mind after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in the middle of the season.

The NFL's oldest receiver, Smith hasn't shown signs of wearing down at 37. He ranks third on the Ravens with 44 catches and second with 516 yards receiving despite missing two games with an ankle injury.

"If he wants to come back, he's welcome. Absolutely," Harbaugh said. "You like every good football player you can get. But I don't want to speak to Steve. He's had unbelievably awesome career."

In Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Cowboys, Smith joined the likes of Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Cris Carter in the 1,000-yard catch club.

"So, he needs to be commended for that," Harbaugh said. "Congratulations to Steve on that accomplishment. I'm looking for many more this year."