The 2012 Pro Bowler is an unrestricted free agent after starting every game the past four seasons at left guard. On Monday morning, Smith and several of his friends read to students at Park Place Elementary. He also took a little time to talk football and his future.
"Hopefully I can come back and be a Texan again, but we'll just have to see if we can get on the same page with the front office," Smith said. "Hopefully I can finish my career here. That's my goal."
"You can tell that he's a no-nonsense type of guy," Smith said. "A guy that knows what he's doing. Knows his X's and O's. Hopefully he can come here and kind of give us a jolt of life, and we can get back on track to what we had been doing the previous years and last year."
Smith said he's been working out regularly and spent quite a bit of time at Reliant Stadium this offseason. He also said he "had a little procedure on my knees, to get them ready for this next season" and that "they're feeling great".
Ultimately, Smith said the Texans can get back to the winning ways of 2011 and 2012, and doesn't think the nucleus of players is far off from that success.
"With the changes that are being made, I think that guys are going to have to re-focus and re-dedicate themselves to getting back to that level," Smith said. "I think we have the guys with the right mindset to do that."