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Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:48 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 10:54 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Steve Smith is considered done in Carolina. Even though he hasn't said he wants to be traded, and even though he's handling things with the Panthers in a classy way, everyone expects him to move on in 2011.

One of the rumored landing spots that Smith would prefer is in San Diego -- he's a California guy, the Chargers are good and he wouldn't be unwelcome.

"Bring him on," Bolts QB Philip Rivers said on Rome Is Burning Wednesday. "Hey, we've got a great deal of weapons here. I certainly appreciate each and every one of them. Any time you can add a guy of that caliber, I'm all for it."

The Chargers do have a pile of weapons, but as 2010 taught us, injuries and holdouts can quickly take a toll on the old depth chart.

Starting the year off with Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd and Antonio Gates is ridiculous.

Ending the year with Legedu Naanee, Seyi Ajirotutu, and Randy McMichael is even more ridiculous.

Smith might be older at this stage of his career, but he's still got plenty of home-run pop. Plus, he's been working in a fairly constricted Panthers offense with lower-end quarterbacks his entire career.

If Norv Turner got a hold of his abilities and paired it with Rivers' arm and Jackson and Gates to keep opposing defenses at bay, it's possible Smith could post the best numbers of his career.

Which is probably why Rivers was smiling so much when talking about the rumors that have Smith heading out west.

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Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 11:09 pm

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

You have lost your damn mind. smith is gold! We will keep him.

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:49 pm

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:26 pm

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

How does Norv Turner still have a job?

The offense he devised is one of the best offenses seen in the last 20 years?

He is magic with QBs?

Don't be mad that the Viking stink no matter who they have had coaching...

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:23 pm

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

First and foremost, if there were to be a trade involving a player swap, Steve Smith for Vincent Jackson, for the trade to have any value, and to approach reality at all, the Panthers, not the Chargers would have to include additional incentive in the form of players and/or picks, not the other way around.

Also, forget a 2nd round pick straight up for Steve Smith. While the Panthers would jump at that, even knowing it will be closer to the third round than the first, that is far too much value at this stage of his career.

Not that Steve Smith was not, or cannot again be an outstanding player, but that is a lot of value to give up for what would be a third down slot receiver in the Charger's system.

Will the Chargers trade for him? Who knows, but I for one don't want him because I can't see how he would fit a role that would lead to the on field production the Chargers would need for even giving up a 3rd or 4th round pick, and that would satisfy him as a player because with a simpler system, or on a team with less talent he could still be the 2nd or even a 1st WR.

And I the only Charger fan that just flat out wouldn't want Steve Smith on the roster?

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 1:18 pm

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

Whoever said that the Chargers should trade VJax and a second for a 32 yr old Smith is certainly on crack!  The Panthers will be lucky to get a third...What are you thinking?

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 12:59 pm

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

Everyone can post career #s with the chargers.

Eli Manning could not post great numbers with the Chargers and he sure has not with the Giants.

Is Eli the interception leasder in the NFL for the years since he entered the league now that Brett Favre has retired?

I know Jay Cutler is challenging Eli for the "Most Interceptions" record but I am not sure who the leader is right now.


Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 12:47 pm

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

Cam Newton's mobility equals take off and run for a few yards so that will only help Steve Smith work on his downfield blocking.

Cam Newton's mobility does not translate to scrambling around buying time like Ben Roethlisberger and completing a pass to a receiver coming open late because Cam is not that great at passing from a set position let only from a scrambling position.

If Steve Smith wants to work on his downfield blocking skills then he will stay with the Panthers. I like the Panthers so I am not just hating on them.

If the Chargers can get Steve Smith for a fair price I think he would be an asset and he would love the passing game with Philip Rivers.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:42 am

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

Some people be thinking this is John Madden Football with the Trades that are being thrown out there. The chargers is arent controlled by a CPU they're actual people. A second round pick and Vincent jackson will not and i repeat will not happen. They panthers arent getting no more then a 3rd for Smith for one hes past thirty and hes been banged up of recently, Which a Third round pick is fine with me. I just want this dam lockout to be over..And remember fans dont buy anything and i mean anything with the NFL sheild on it let our voice be heard.

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