Panthers receiver Steve Smith had planned the end to his career. Until the Panthers had other plans.

Smith, now with the Ravens after being cut in Carolina, recently explained that he had planned to play one more year with the Panthers before retiring.

“The only people who knew were my close friends and my wife,” Smith told Don Banks of “I had been waking up every day about 3 a.m. and wrestling with some things in my quiet time. . . . I finally decided and made the commitment to my family. I told them, ‘I’m done. I don’t think I can do it much longer. My knee was sore and I knew all the work I had put into my career and what it would take. I came to terms with it, that this year was going to be my last year ever playing football.”

The team’s decision to end the ride a year early has prompted Smith to alter his timeline.