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Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:03 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit
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You may have heard that Panthers receiver Steve Smith cleaned out his locker the other day. The 10-year veteran could be on his way out of Carolina. If he does want a change of scenery, he’s not saying.

"I'm going to stick with what I've been saying since the beginning," Smith said, according to Pat Yasinkas of ESPN.com. "It's a private matter. It'll be between me and my family when we make the decision."

The Panthers are disputing rumors that Smith asked for a trade prior to the lockout.

"When the decision is made people will have their opinions about it,’’ Smith said. “But I love Charlotte. I've enjoyed playing here. And the reason I say that is because we're not allowed to play right now. We've been locked out. So unfortunately that's the way you've got to talk about it. I just don't see the point of talking about things that you can't even do right now."

Yasinkas thinks Smith will be dealt. He says owner Jerry Richardson has “deep regrets” about the way Smith was able to walk all over John Fox the past two years.

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hgtrerte
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:24 am
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

I can't believe people think he is washed up.  I bet you are the same guys that always lose in fantasy ever year because you rely on the flavor of the month players from the year before to carry you.  Smith has been in a crappy situation for years, he can still ball.  He's what, 32 years old?  He has at least 2-3 years left.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:21 am
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

Never realized Panther fans were such morons. "He's so tough," "He plays hard every Sunday," "He has such a desire to excel..." What games are you all watching? The guy is barely on the field, and does nothing but complain. WOW!


Dude, your the moron, you obviously have never watched any Panther games... dude is fearless and always playes his heart out.



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

There are two ways to approach this situation if you are Jerry Richardson - You can strike while the iron is hot and trade him for maximum value; New England would be a good trading partner. Or you can keep him and beleive he has gas in the tank and will get along with the new offense and Jeremy Shockey. Smith deserves to win a superbowl and Carolina is rebuilding so he might have to wait a couple of years. Thought the Panthers might be in the playoffs as early as 2012.



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

Never realized Panther fans were such morons. "He's so tough," "He plays hard every Sunday," "He has such a desire to excel..." What games are you all watching? The guy is barely on the field, and does nothing but complain. WOW!



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 10:56 am
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

 He is one of the toughest pound for pound players in the NFL
How tough can he be when he is constantly injured???



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 10:27 am
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

I wouldn't be surprised to see him traded, whether he requests it or not.  Carolina is in rebuilding mode, Gettis and LaFell are developing nicely (though it didn't always show up in stats on account of the bad QB play), but could use the reps over the next year or so to improve, and Smith only has a handful of productive years left in him at 31+.  It'd be wise to get something for him now to aid the rebuilding effort, let the young QB's and WR's develop together, and let Smith play his last few years with a chance to win someplace else.  Especially since he seems to be handling this through the right channels, which is respectful to the organization and fans.

Of course, all of this is moot until the lockout ends, I suppose.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2011 9:31 am
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

How about retirement?

He should just hang it up as he is washed up and done!



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 9:25 am
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

If he is unhappy and does want a trade atleast he is handling it like a professional and not making it a public spectacle. He is a very talented player that has been stuck on poor team with average QB's for many years. Given a chance with a new team and solid QB, Smith could be a top reciever again. But with a Cam Newton in town i would be surprised to see the panthers take his biggest weapon from him. If they do deal him to another team the price will be steep...



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