A recent report has revealed that Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith could have signed with the New England Patriots when he became a free agent in 2014.
When the five-time Pro Bowler became a free agent after the Carolina Panthers decided to release him in March 2014, he was signed up by the Ravens a day later and was able to continue his fantastic career.
He is the NFL's third-leading receiver this year with 25 catches for 349 yards. With 940 catches and 13,811 yards as he takes part in his fourteenth season in the NFL, he is definitely on his way to the Hall of Fame.
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The only thing that eludes him is a Super Bowl ring. The only time he has been to the Super Bowl was in the 2003 season when the Panthers were defeated by the Patriots 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
But Smith could have a Super Bowl ring on his finger if he made a different decision in March 2014, as he was scheduled to visit the Patriots.
The 36-year-old was scheduled to fly out to Massachusetts to visit the Patriots, according to ESPN, but due to bad weather at the time, his flight was delayed. This gave him enough time to settle his mind and pick the Ravens as the next destination to play his football.
If Smith had decided to wait it out and sign for the Patriots, he could have been part of the team last season that won Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, it was his former Panthers teammate Brandon LaFell that was signed up by the AFC East outfit on March 15, and the rest they say is history.
So from viewing this, it seems a couple of days and the severe weather changed the history for Smith. He could still win a Super Bowl ring this year, in what is his final season, but will be a tough challenge, as the Ravens currently sit on a 0-3 record.