Buccaneers receiver Steve Smith retires

Dilip Vishwanat

A knee injury ends another career.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to make do without former New York Giant Steve Smith. The wide receiver has retired after six seasons in the NFL, likely due to his persistent knee problems. He signed with the Buccaneers earlier this offseason on essentially a tryout contract, but it seems injuries prevented him from being effective. Smith was a Pro Bowler in New York, but was let go after suffering a knee injury and has never come close to being a productive player since then. It's a harsh business like that.

Smith was competing for a roster spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have a slew of third-string receiver in training camp. The Buccaneers will let Chris Owusu, Jheranie Boyd, Jerry Johnson, Eric Page, Tim Wright, David Douglas and Terriun Crump battle for a roster spot without Steve Smith, now. With Smith retiring the Buccaneers have two open roster spots.

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