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Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:57 am
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

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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Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Favre would be 'delighted to work with' Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

One of the big concerns with new Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton is that he might not have the best advisors in the world. That's not supposed to be an affront to his agent Bus Cook or his family or his friends, it's just a statement of fact given what happened during his final year at Auburn.

So how about we give him a mentor? Like, say, Brett Favre???

That's the idea that former Panther and current radio host Brentson Bucker came up with, via USA Today. "What better guy for Brett to coach than the No. 1 overall pick,'' said Buckner. "And what better guy for Cam Newton to learn from than a future Hall of Famer."

Randomly: Bucker's the only NFL jersey I've ever purchased, because his first name and my last name are phonetically similar. But does that little piece of meaningless trivia qualify him to suggest that Favre mentor Newton? Well, probably not.

But the two do share an agent ... and Favre is poking around about a new career.

"Brett has offered to do that before with Cam," Cook said on Tuesday. "He would obviously be delighted to work with Cam. They've met and they've talked."

Bucker makes a good point that it would help Newton because right now, with the lockout in effect, he can't get any advice from people who know what they're doing.

But there's also another problem here: as great as Favre might be, he's been best known in recent years for two things that might not really be ideal for a mentor. The Jenn Sterger issue, and refusing to allow Aaron Rodgers to come of age.

One has to think that if the Carolina Panthers decided to hire or -- heaven forbid -- sign Favre that it might be difficult for him to ever accept a role as a backup.

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Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Beason civil trial began today

Beason Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since Panthers LB Jon Beason was accused of punching a Charlotte strip club patron in the face two years ago, the legal system has not been kind to Beason’s accuser.

His name is George Frye, and he’s suing Beason for the alleged attack. But after Beason was arrested in November of 2009, the criminal assault charge against him was dropped because of a lack of evidence and because, although there were a number of people in the club at the time, nobody came forward to corroborate Frye’s assertion.

In a civil trial that begins today, Frye will try to get some judicial relief.

In his lawsuit, Frye said he told Panthers TE Dante Rosario that he had seen Beason and a woman snorting cocaine at the annual Lake Bash at Lake Norman. Once Beason heard the news, Frye alleged, he angrily approached Frye in the strip club, cursing and yelling.

From the Charlotte Observer:

To cool things down, Frye says, he suggested talking outside.

Frye said he took one step and turned to see if Beason was following.

"Just as Frye turned around, Beason hit him with a crushing right blow to his left eye/nose area," the suit alleges. "When the blow landed, Frye saw a streak of light, his legs buckled and he fell to the floor."

Frye claims he was kicked as he tried to get up. When he got to his feet, he alleges, Beason struck him again on the left side of his head, causing him to stagger back as someone handed him a rag to catch blood rushing from his nose.

Frye claims he didn't raise a hand or provoke Beason, and that he didn't fight back.


Frye then says that after Beason was asked if he had hit Frye, Beason said, “Yeah, I hit him. It might cost me a hundred grand, but you don't go around telling people I'm doing coke.”

Beason is countersuing for mental distress.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Steve Smith wants to be a Raider or Charger?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty common knowledge that Steve Smith wants out of Carolina. Or, at least, since he refuses to talk about his situation, so it's common knowledge that Smith is doing everything -- including cleaning out his locker and attempting to sell his Charlotte-area home -- to indicate that he wants out.

But where could he go? Well, Chuck Carroll of FootballNewsNow.com reports that Smith is interested in going to either the Raiders or the Chargers next season.

Smith is a native of Lynwood, California, so if the report is true, it makes sense from the perspective of Smith, 31, wanting to get closer to home as he wraps up his career.

The actual part of trading him is tricky, of course. First, there has to be a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and/or league rules in place. Right now, that seems kind of far off.

Secondly, um, Oakland? Because, they have, um, a quarterback? I kid ... kind of. Hue Jackson's an offensive guy, he'd know how to utilize Smith, and Jason Campbell's at least going to have more success than Jimmy Clausen in 2011. (Or, at the very least, you can definitely make that argument and not get anyone fighting you on it.)

And finally, could a deal between the two teams work? Oakland would probably make a play -- Smith is FAST and we know how much Al Davis likes SPEED. But would San Diego give up a talented youngster or an early-round pick for Smith when it's already clear that they can operate successfully with low-end wide receivers on the field? I'm not so sure about that.

That being said, Smith doesn't exactly control his destiny in terms of where he'll end up playing in 2011, and you can expect the Panthers to use his value in an effort to try and rebuild on the fly.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:27 am
 

Podcast: post draft analysis and debate

Posted by Will Brinson

The draft is over, and Andy Benoit and I have recovered just long enough to bring you a full-blown draft recap podcast. Yes, you're welcome.

After a quick discussion of the current labor issues (what you need to know), we dive right into the winners/losers thing, and spend time making fun of the Seahawks and then making fun of Seahawks for making fun of us making fun of the Seahawks. It's quite perplexing. Then we debate the run of quarterbacks in the first round, the value of getting "your guy" instead of getting someone at the correct value spot, whether the Browns and Falcons deal was smart and how various teams fared with their individual drafts.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:08 am
 

Hot Routes 5.3.11: Trading 1st-rounders is bad

Posted by Will Brinson



Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • Jason Lisk at The Big Lead did some pretty cool research on trading first-round picks and how it's worked out for teams. Well, it's not like stat-heavy or anything (Lisk does some really good stuff on that end), but he still breaks down whether or not dealing future first-round picks is a good move or not. Obviously, a lot of it has to do with the drafting acumen of the team receiving the pick and the inability of the current team do draft correctly, and three deals are listed as "too early" (I'd say pretty clearly Denver lost the Alphonso Smith deal, the Panthers lost the Everette Brown deal and won the Jeff Otah deal) but the pretty obvious answer is that no, no it does not work out.
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:02 pm
 

NFC South draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Atlanta FalconsJ. Jones (US Presswire)

1st round, Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
We’re one playmaker away from being Super Bowl-bound. (And if you couldn’t figure for yourself that this was our reason, you might as well stop following pro football right now.)
 
5th round, Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
We wish Jerious Norwood could stay healthy, but we’ve been disappointed too many times.
 
Carolina Panthers


3rd round, Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida
Derek Landri and Nick Hayden played hard for us last year, and both were decent against the run, but we’re looking for a little more dynamite inside.
 
3rd round, Sione Fua, DT, Stanford
Again, more dynamite.
 
New Orleans Saints

1st round, Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Yeah, we didn’t hardly notice Alex Brown last year either.
 
1st round, Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
He may have been productive as a rookie, but we’re not buying into Chris Ivory (there’s a reason the guy was undrafted). Also, no way in hell we’re going to pay Reggie Bush a single dime more than he’s worth to us. If Bush is looking to roll major bank, he’d better call his realtor.
 
3rd round, Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
We aren’t disappointed with Randall Gay per se, but we’re not exactly thrilled with him.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1st round, Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
2nd round, Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
We’ve told you before: we rebuild our roster in bunches. Two years ago we stunk at defensive tackle and wide receiver. This past year, we stunk at defensive end. Problems solved (we hope).
 
3rd round, Mason Foster, OLB, Washington
We’ll move him to the middle and not re-sign Barrett Ruud. Why? Because the biggest secret in football is Ruud is iffy if not terrible. Why do you think we’re always finishing near the bottom of the league in run defense?

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