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Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 7:43 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Steve Smith's travails with the Panthers this offseason have been well documented, despite the calm nature of the relationship.

But it does appear that the Panthers will eventually deal the veteran receiver, which means the only question is what they'll be able to get in return for the 32-year-old wideout.

Joe Pearson of the Charlotte Observer penned a piece over the weekend indicating five things the Panthers need to do when football gets rolling again, and "Deal with Steve Smith" checks in at No. 2.

Pearson correctly believes Carolina will simply trade the "disgruntled receiver" and thinks that "a third-round pick might be enough to pull the trigger."

We're inclined to agree, for a couple of reasons. One, Smith is pretty clearly not going to hang around in Carolina -- if he does, it's because a) no one wants him or b) the Panthers want to much in return.
Smith's Saga in Charlotte

"A" isn't going to happen and "B" seems unlikely, because Carolina's a team on the rebuild who's dealt with missing critical draft picks over the past few years. As such, they value the possession of extra selections on draft day, especially in a time of need.

And for a team like the Chargers -- the top-rumored landing spot for Smith thus far -- a third-rounder seems like a pretty fair price to pay for a guy who'll be under contract for two years, owed $15 million and still has plenty of big plays left in the tank.

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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:25 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

NFL draft picks are the most overrated in any sport. 

Simply not true.

Teams are very dependant upon them, more than in any other sport.

Most overratted, IMO, is baseball. Which is one of the reasons why there are so many rounds in the MLB draft. Not to mention a very indepth minor league system. Good talent can be found very deep in almost every MLB draft.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:33 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Chiefs........ perfect fit.  He can help groom the new rookie first round pick and still be the threat opposite Bowe while he devolps.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:13 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

But party pimp you are not a GM... While I agree an average of 7.5 million is a bit high for Steve Smith at this point of his career, you aren't a GM. I also don't think a third round pick for Smith from the Chargers would be a wise move. It would be much closer to a 4th round pick, and he wouldn't be more than a slot receiver for the Chargers. Besides Philip Rivers is one of the special few that literally make those around him better. 6 receivers with over 15 ypc last year when they were promoting from the practice squad and hiring off the street is unheard off. The Chargers don't need Steve Smith at a third round value. There is some UFA out there around 6'4" and 220lbs that they have their eye on I'm sure...

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:08 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

The Colts need an infusion of playmakers. Clark, Wayne, Addai were all banged up and inconsistent last year and the offense struggled at times. The window to win another Super Bowl is getting smaller, the Colts need to add a couple of veterans on both sides of tha ball and make a hard run at it the next two years. Salary cap could make it impossible but the addition of Smith would make Manning even better and if they could squeeze Deangelo Williams in as well I think the Colts could be the favorite in the AFC.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:01 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

How about trading this guy for OchoCinco straight. New scenery for each of these talented receivers could be a good thing.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:44 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Santonio Holmes is a free agent....... and looking for his 1st real big pay-Day (already has his ring).  If the JETS can't keep him and Braylon Edwards(who publicly said he'd give the JETS a discount to stay), Steve Smith would be a nice fill-in for Holmes.  Smaller, dynamic player as a compliment to Edwards.  He's nearing the end, but paying those 2 years w/out having to fork over a new lofty signing bonus is worth a 3rd rd pick imo....... and he'll get to play on a competitve team again, which should hopefully motivate him again.  Cool

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:58 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Smitty has a good 3-4 years left....if Polian could pull the trigger on this deal, then Peyton will be salivating on opening day...

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:15 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Smith is aging, and has some issues staying healthy, but you are just being silly if you think his value is only a 4th round pick. You certainly are not factoring that he has not had a legitimate QB in 2 years. Also, not since Muhsin Muhammed has Smith ever had another WR to help draw coverage away from him, or at the very least prevent him from being triple teamed. He has never been in a pass heavy system, and even in his prime, Jake Delhomme was not a great passer or QB. Coincidentally, I just read an interview of Bucs CB Ronde Barber that asked him which WR was the best in the NFL, which he equated to who he least liked to cover. Believe it or not, he had Steve Smith and Andre Johnson as a tie. I'm not a panthers fan, nor do I believe he is the top WR in the NFL, but if Smith winds up on a team like San Diego with Phillip Rivers tossing him the rock, don't be surprised if he starts tearing the league apart again. He won't ever put up the numbers he once did, but he can be just as dangerous as years past. With Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson drawing coverage, Smith will be in a one on one with the opposing teams #2 corner virtually every down. Nasty! To get Smith for a 3rd rounder is well worth it, especially to a contender. I remember when Randy Moss went to the Pats for a 4th rounder. I'm sure they didn't miss that pick.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:33 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith


Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:19 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

That $15 million is a deal breaker. 
He is past his prime and just not worth that amount of money.
As a gm i can't see giving up anything to take on that contract.
Try cleveland... they are blowing $ on Jake.


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