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Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:57 am
SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

There’s been a bunch of talk lately about how Panthers WR Steve Smith wants out of Carolina, about how he’s cleaned out his locker at Bank of America Stadium and about how the Chargers or Raiders could be the recipient of his services.

Smith hasn’t been interested in talking about why he wants to be traded – although we could probably guess it has something to do with the Panthers not having a great chance of winning in the foreseeable future – saying only that it’s between him and his family.

But now, Smith has decided to talk a little bit, telling Pro Football Weekly that he actually hasn’t demanded a trade.

“What I have asked for is to be in a competitive situation,” Smith told PFW. “I sat down with Marty (Hurney, Carolina’s GM) a lot of times prior to the lockout."

Although he’s not sure whether the Panthers actually will trade him, he also said that just because his house is for sale, that doesn’t mean he’s actually planning to leave town.

"I think it's important that people realize I am not packing my bags,” he said. “As far as why my house is for sale, we built this huge house and we just don't have any business living in it. It seemed like a great idea, and then we moved into this big house. We started cringing at all that space we had.

"For me, it was a little bit vain that I have this big house with this big yard. People saw my house was on sale and said it was me sending a message. Really the message I sent was to my kids: Dad made a mistake. This isn't how we are supposed to live. This isn't what I should be projecting. If we don't do this now, what incentive do I give my kids to reach for? You make a lot of money and then you go blow it? I don't want to be a statistic. I want to be a good steward."

What does any of this mean? Who knows. And really, as long as the lockout continues, it really doesn’t matter, because for now, Smith isn’t going anywhere regardless of whether or not he sells his house.

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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:58 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Congrats for Smith for trying to be responsible to his wife and kids and setting a good example towards them.  This is the kind of news that is nice to hear once and awhile.  As far as a trade goes, Green Bay can never have enough good WR's, and I'm pretty sure you can have the "sure-handed" James Jones in return.

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:56 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Carolina doesnt need to look far for a willing trade partner.  Im sure Atlanta would trade a few #1 and #2 draft picks for him.  After all Atlanta only needs 1 player and theyre Super Bowl bound....Oh wait, that defense....

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:27 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

you fools that call Smith over the hill are crazy, dude just needs a QB.

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:10 am

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

There's always room for another receiver in New York. Hey, Steve, care to join the Jets?

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:24 am

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Rivers is waiting for you Smith.  Rivers will throw TD's to his receivers all day.  Watch what you ask for Bronco's fans.  What happened last season won't happen for a long long time.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 9:36 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

The bigger mistake for Steve Smith would be to sell his giant house at the bottom of the housing market!  

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:16 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

If you would have read the post more carefully you would have noticed that he was talking about small market baseball teams(The Pirates) not football teams.  Besides Steve Smith is washed up...he is injured every year and fights with his team members.  I, as a Bronco fan, hope he gets traded to San Diego.  Give them his bad mojo.

Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:58 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Pittsburgh hasn't seen the postseason in years??? Apparently you watched a different Super Bowl than i did this year. And just for reference, the Chiefs also made the postseason last season. Steve Smith is still a difference maker and St Louis would be a much better team with him on it. How about isntead of being a name dropper you be a fan and pay attention....

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:43 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Smith might as well stay, a 4th or 3rd round pick won't cut it. Maybe Cam can get him the ball, like what Jake could do. Sure Matt Moore tries, but lobbing into triple coverage is not good decision making. Smitty might like it next year now that the whole offense got revamped.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:53 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Why is there all this fuss about Steve Smith, the guy has been washed up for years now.  He gets hurt all the time and he lost his speed two years ago.  This just shows either the WR class is really weak in the NFL or people are living in the past and don't really know what a good WR is?   I'm a Rams fan and I wouldn't want Steve Smith on my team, he's done and over priced.

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