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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: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:07 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

NFL draft picks are the most overrated in any sport.  If I can grab a reciever that will be a legitamite no.1/2 guy on my team for the next 3 years I'd have no issue giving up a 3'rd rounder.  Especially if I was a legitamite contender in the next few years.  That 3'rd round pick, even if he turns out to be as good as Smith(unlikely), will be a free agent before Smith is ready to retire.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:37 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

The Colts won't trade for Steve Smith.  They probably wouldn't even sign him as a free agent.

Now don't get me wrong... I'm not saying they shouldn't, or that he would be a bad pickup or anything.  But I can't even remember the last time Polian had any kind of receiver on the team that wasn't drafted and developed in-house (unless you count the late-season pickup of Hank Baskett, due to many injuries, and even then he only was 4th or 5th on the depth chart).  Polian's MO is pretty much to draft/develop offense.  When he does dip into free agency or trades, it's usually on defense, and usually low- to mid-range players for depth and whatnot.

I wouldn't complain if they made a deal, but I don't see it happening.  

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:08 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Actually, Smith loved Delhomme throwing him the ball. Delhomme was top a 10 QB before his 2007 injury.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:55 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

3rd rounder will do it unless other teams bid up...which they should do if they have serious playoff aspirations.  I'd trade a 2nd for Smith in a heartbeat, although I'd probably want a 5th or something back for it, since that's a pretty high pick.  SD, Chicago, Indianapolis, NY Giants and several other places make a lot of sense.  Steve Smith is still a really, really good WR.  It's not his fault Carolina hasn't had a real passer the last decade.  Yeah, the last decade, Jake Delhomme sucked too honestly.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:21 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Too difficult to learn the difference between "to" and "too"? Jee, Brinson, maybe you should stop being a hack and stop relying on spell-check.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:29 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

It's Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, not Joe Pearson. How can he "correctly believe" they will trade him? "I know for a fact that this uncertain thing will happen!"

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2011 8:58 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Last year's Colts' 3rd pick was injured before training camp.  Pierre Garcon will make a circus catch and drop an easy catch.  Having Smith opposite Reggie Wayne, with a healty Clark and Collie, and the experience of Tammie. could be Peyton's last piece of a Super Bowl run.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 5:54 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

He's a 32 year old receiver who relies on speed and explosiveness to be effective.   He's had some injury problems.   And there are some character issues.

A 4th seems more appropriate than a 3rd rounder.

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 5:45 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

Jerry Richardson is off his rocker if he thinks that a 3rd-rounder is good enough for Smith. No way is that fair. I don't care if he wants to leave, it has to be for the right price. Give us more than a third-rounder. How about Vincent Jackson and a third-rounder and we'll throw in a fifth-rounder.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 4:43 pm

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

The Pat's already have 2 first rounders, and 2 second rounders, they will most certainly trade back anyway, I'm sure Bill could afford to give up a third for S. Smith.

Bring him to Foxboro Bill 

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