Tag:Steve Smith
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 7:43 am

Panthers might take 3rd-rounder for Smith

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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Posted on: June 18, 2011 5:12 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 5:26 pm

Hot Routes 6.18.11: Getting locked in a bank

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Though he was asked over and over again the other day if he had any interest in procuring the services of free agent WR Plaxico Burress, Jets coach Rex Ryan artfully dodged each inquiry and never really answered.
  • In case you wanted to see what the Packers Super Bowl ring looks like, it’s right here in living color. It’s rather, um, large and diamond-y.
  • The Florida Times Union opines that the NFL should consider waiving the blackout rule for at least the first four regular-season games. Do it for the fans, Gene Frenette writes.
  • Wade Phillips didn’t just take the Texans defensive coordinator job to be closer to home. He took it because he thought there was great upside to that unit.
  • Ah, the slow clap. This one was for Redskins LB London Fletcher being late to practice last week. Check out the video below.

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Posted on: June 18, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 12:51 pm

Osi-McCoy feud picks up rather quickly

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This LeSean McCoy-Osi Umenyiora feud has gotten really nasty in a very short period of time.

We already told you about how the feud began (Umenyiora, in a sworn affidavit to be filed next month, explains how he feels he got screwed by Giants GM Jerry Reese, McCoy responded by calling him soft and overrated, and Umenyiora responded to THAT by calling McCoy a “she”).

But Umenyiora still apparently was upset by the slight made by the Eagles RB. In part, it’s because McCoy has had a fair bit of success vs. the Giants, but also because this isn’t the first time the two have had words with each other.

"I mean, he’s a girl, man. Who does stuff like that?" Umenyiora told the Newark Star Ledger. "If he has more of these things to say, he can say ‘em to my face. Don’t be no Twitter gangster, man.

“I hate him, he hates me, period.”

I can understand why McCoy would feel like he’s got the best of Umenyiora, because McCoy rushed for 175 yards on 24 carries in two games last year vs. New York, but I can’t figure out why McCoy would drag himself into this potential court case. Unless he truly IS a Twitter gangster.

“I feel things like that stay on the football field,” Umenyiora said. “Off the field, we respect each other because at the end of the day we’re all brothers. But he decided to take it so far that there’s no going back from it now."

Or you could take the attitude of Giants WR Steve Smith, who’s scheduled to be a free agent. You could just post the picture that you see below, and that should end any conversation with McCoy.

Giants celebrate world title

Photo courtesy of Steve Smith.

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 6:13 pm

Hot Routes 6.17.11: Palmer still could be traded

Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • When quarterback Carson Palmer said he would retire if the Bengals didn't trade him, owner Mike Brown didn't budge. And Brown still hasn't. But NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, who played for the Bengals in the 1980s, thinks Brown will eventually cave and try to move Palmer.
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Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:45 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 10:28 am

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

Posted by Will Brinson

Lost in all the hubbub surrounding the likely departure of Steve Smith from Carolina is the fact that nothing bad has been said between the two parties.

In fact, it's quite the opposite -- Smith and the Panthers have been very pleasant about their relationship. Smith continued that offseason tradition on Monday, when he referred to Carolina's rookie quarterback Cam Newton as "outstanding."

"The drafting of Cam is outstanding," Smith said. "Met with him a few times and very much impressed by Cam."

This is in stark contrast to how Smith seemed to view Jimmy Clausen, last year's rookie quarterback, with whom Smith seemed to often grow frustrated. (He wasn't alone; ask any Panthers fan.)

But it's also the word Smith used to describe head coach Ron Rivera, who heretofore hasn't been doing Smith any favors by seeming less than optimistic about Smith returning to Charlotte.

"When I met Ron I would say they maybe sold him short. He's great, a great guy," Smith said. "My first meeting with him was pretty good, it was outstanding. I walked away very impressed."
Smith's Saga in Charlotte

Now, again, all parties have been very amicable during the offseason, although Smith's house is up for sale -- later with a reduced price -- and Smith all but shipped out of Charlotte.

It's probably too much to expect that the sides will be on the same page when/if the season starts, and it's more than likely that Smith ends up going somewhere else.

But it's still worth noting that nothing mean has been said quite yet.

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 6:57 pm

Smith out of Carolina 'not a foregone conclusion'

Posted by Will Brinson

We've covered at fairly decent length the saga of Steve Smith and the inevitable conclusion of him playing football somewhere other than Carolina next season. (The hottest rumor? The Chargers.)

But maybe we're all just jumping on our conclusion mats a bit early; Panthers coach Ron Rivera says, according to Joe Pearson of the Charlotte Observer, it's "not a foregone conclusion" that Smith is headed out of town next year.

"We had a great conversation. He was honest. He was forthright," Rivera said. "He did kind of leave me at a point where I was wondering exactly where does he want to go with this? I will wait until we sit down and talk when the time comes."

Hmmm. That last little bit doesn't sound quite as sure as the "not a foregone conclusion" part.

In fact, Rivera almost seems to be using the phrase as a nice way of saying "It's only a 99-percent chance that he's gone" rather than advising people to assume that Smith will leave.
Smith's Saga in Charlotte

He has to do that though, because Smith's under contract through the 2012 season, and if it's painfully obvious that he both sides want him gone, it's much more difficult to get good value in a trade.

That being said, there are plenty of teams who could use Smith's talent and unique skillset -- the Chargers actually really stand out in that category -- and once the lockout's lifted, it sure does seem like Smith will essentially be considered in the same category as "free agents."

He just has the added bonus of not needing a new contract before the season starts.

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

Rivers on Steve Smith rumors: 'Bring him on'

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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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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