44-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rod Smith in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Rod Smith Contract Information:
Smith announced his retirement from the NFL on July 24, 2008.
The Broncos and Smith will have a joint news conference on Thursday afternoon to announce his retirement, the Denver Post reports.
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Rod Smith: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The surgery will be performed in an effort to prevent Smith from needing hip replacement surgery. Either way, however, the chances of Smith playing football again are slim. He also had surgery on the hip in February, and wasn't able to resume practicing until November, when he practiced only a limited basis before being lost for the season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Shanahan added, "we’ll just take some time, see where it’s at at the end of the season and we’ll see exactly where he’s at." This is tough break for Smith since an opportunity was there for him if he had been healthy, with Javon Walker out with a knee injury.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Rod Smith.
Smith was placed on the reserve/retired list in February and announced his retirement in July.
A hip injury in 2006 limited Smith to his poorest numbers since 1996. He recorded just 52 catches for 512 yards and three touchdowns, and did not take part in any of the team's offseason organized team activites. Both he and the Broncos believe he will be ready for the season, and if his hip is fully recovered, he could see a slight resurgence in his numbers. Still, he will be 37 years old at the start of the season, and it is looking more and more like Brandon Marshall will take Smith's role as the No. 2 receiver.
The seemingly ageless Smith was one of the most reliable targets in the league, bringing in 85 passes on 126 targets (67 percent) and dropping just three balls all year. And while the Broncos traded for downfield threat Javon Walker this offseason, Smith’s role as possession go-to guy is safe; instead it’s fellow wideout Ashley Lelie whose role figures to diminish. At 36 years old, Smith can’t blow by defenders anymore, but he uses his solid, 6-0, 200-pound frame to catch balls in traffic and absorb contact. Smith had just one catch of 40 yards or more last season, so don’t expect any scores from long distance. He was an effective red-zone threat last year with five scores in just 12 targets, but he went 4-for-19 in 2004 and 3-for-18 in 2003, so we wouldn’t read too much into that.
After averaging less than 12 yards per catch from 2001-2003, Smith, at age 34, bumped his average reception up to 14.5 yards, thanks in large part to the emergence of Ashley Lelie (20 yards per catch). Smith was targeted 139 times last year, good for 13th in the league, and caught 57 percent of the passes thrown to him. Smith also was targeted 19 times in the red zone last season, but he converted only four, after catching just 3-of-18 for scores in 2003. At age 35, Smith isn’t a burner, but at 6-0, 200 pounds, he’s got good size, and he runs crisp, precise routes. Unless second-year man Darius Watts takes a major step up, Smith should continue to be the Broncos’ main possession option and see plenty of action on short and intermediate routes again this season.
He’s strictly a possession receiver now (under 12.0 yards per catch since 2000) and turned 34 in May. Smith was targeted 114 times last year and caught 65 percent of those mostly short throws. His TD potential increased with Shannon Sharpe’s decision to join the TV analyst ranks (Last year Sharpe turned his seven red-zone catches into six TDs).
While Smith earns marks for consistency -- he rolled up his sixth straight 1,000-yard season in 2002 -- he's no longer someone who ranks with the elite receivers in the league. Now 33, Smith doesn't get deep nearly as much as he used to -- his longest catch last year was a pedestrian 46 yards, and he averaged just 11.5 yards per reception after going for 16 yards a catch in 2000. He also didn't have a single 100-yard game in 2002 after rolling up 13 of them in the two previous seasons combined, and Smith's five touchdowns from last year are less than you'd expect from a No. 1 wideout. Smith still figures to be Denver's featured receiver for another year or two, though Ashley Lelie offers just as much upside, at a much cheaper price, and Ed McCaffrey is still around to steal some of the production.