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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: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:46 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

If Steve Smith is being honest about the reasons to sell his house I like him more already.

Unfortunately for Steve if he comes to San Diego he is going to get half the house (if not less) for the amount of money he spent in Carolina.  My friend just bought a house in N. Carolina for under $300K at it would be considered a mansion in California.  We have great weather, beautiful beaches and smoking hot women but the cost of living is ruff.  Oh yea it is worth it though.

Hey Steve, you have always looked good in powder blue.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:40 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Wouldn't the big house and nice things send the message to his kids that anything is achievable with hard work?
No, this is the dumbest thing I have read. Ever hear "All because you can, doesn't mean you should.". I don't know if these are his true intentions, but it is nice to hear that at least someone in his situation is grounded enough to consider these types of things. All because you can build a 10,000 sqft house doesn't mean you should. No one needs that kind of space unless they are supporting a family of 15 or greater. The American obsession of bigger is better and there is never enough is what has fucked our economy and given the majority of the rest of the world a reason to dislike us. Our values are upside down. We value anything that makes us look better than the next guy, whatever gets us immediate attention, and whatever we think our neighbor has that might be newer than ours. We don't give a second thought to question whether we need it, can afford it, how it can affect our future, or what it may cost us and everyone else in the long run. I'm straying off topic but this struck a nerve. I could care less what Steve does with his property, and I doubt he recoups even 75% of the homes original value, but I am glad he isn't as stupid, ethically, and morally bankrupt as a great deal of the rest of the NFL players we have to hear from.  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:26 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

I see your point Airforce.  I grew up as middle class until my Dads business exploded.  When I was 18 we moved into a 5,000sq ft house.  Yes my dad worked 60-80 hours a week but it definately showed me anything is possible.  Now, as far as the space, it was odd to us too and uncomfortable.  After all my dad grew up living in a small bedroom with 4 siblings so he couldn't get used to it either but it grew on us.  It grew on me quick when I saw how fast girls dropped their panties for me :)

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:19 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

He is selling his house because he doesnt want his kids spoiled and he doesnt want to send the wrong message? Wouldn't the big house and nice things send the message to his kids that anything is achievable with hard work? He should try articulating it to his kids like a normal parent. Ok Steve im not buying your rediculous excuse for putting your house for sale. And if that is the "real" reason u did it, it is by far the dumbest thing i've ever heard.

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:16 pm

They'll win more then last year just because

Newton knows how to make plays and win.  BECAUSE he's their.  If they give him some talent around him they could probably go 500 next year, which is a huge step up.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:10 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

I have to agree. 46 catches in 14 games is awful no matter who your QB is. If you combine his stats the last two years into one season he still wouldn't be worth what he's making. He could still be valuable to some teams but Carolina should take whatever they can get for him.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:06 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

I agree that he's washed up or really close to being washed up! He should have some trade value left if there are any takers because he won't win if he stays in Carolina! That team is 2-3 years away from being a contender again!

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:40 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

It's amazing that there are still articles written about this guy.  An objective look at his numbers might suggest that he's washed up.  Last year, he ranked 68th in receptions, 81st in yards, and was tied with 20+ guys for 73rd in receiving TDs.  Many tight ends rank higher than he does.  Sure, he had the self-annointed HOFer Jimmy Claussen and a host of other scrubs throwing to him.  But here's a newsflash - lots of teams have bad QB play.  Steve Smith was a good receiver 2+ years ago.  Somewhere in his hot streak, he punched two teammates in the face, first Anthony Bright in 2002, and then Ken Lucas in 2008, both times resulting in serious damage.   Consider the numbers.  Those rankings make him the equivalent of a THIRD RECEIVER.  Steve Smith is selling his house.  Steve Smith demanded a trade.  Who cares, this isn't Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, or any other top flight receiver who is getting wasted in his current situation.  It's Steve Smith, who at this point in his career is just a guy trying to hang on, a dingleberry of the NFL.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:26 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

I would when you have jimmy clausen/cam newton throwing behind, over/under you for 60 minutes.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:06 pm

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

I highly doubt Steve Smith will be playing for the Carolina Panthers, if and when the NFL gets its act together for the 2011 season. That being said, I find it hard to believe the Panthers will simply cut Steve Smith. And his large contract will likely make it unlikely that another NFL team will pick up the remaining two years at $15 million guess is Steve & Carolina's GM, Marty Hurney have talked and come to an agreement on how to make this situation a 'win-win' for both parties involved.

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