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Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

Posted on: July 17, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 6:41 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Wide receiver Steve Smith might regret not getting to know the rookies during a decade's worth of Panthers training camps, but that doesn't mean he's any more likely to want to stay in Carolina for an 11th NFL season.

Eye on Football blogging colleague Will Brinson wrote in May that Smith could be interested in the Raiders or Chargers, but pointed out that, "Smith doesn't exactly control his destiny in terms of where he'll end up in 2011, and you can expect the Panthers to use his value in an effort to try and rebuild on the fly."

And while we're so close to a new CBA and actual football, we're not there yet. Which means we're left to speculate and go on others' words. A source tells the Charlotte Observer's Tom Sorensen that the Chargers and Ravens are currently Smith's teams of choice.

Sorensen writes that "Although Smith, and not Julius Peppers, is the best player in Carolina history, the Panthers aren't obligated to trade him. It's not as if there's a lifetime achievement award he can parlay into a Get Out of Charlotte Free card. Depends what the Panthers can get for him.

Smith's Saga in Charlotte



"A third-round pick feels insufficient."

It feels insufficient until you remember that the Broncos might have to settle for a third-round pick for Kyle Orton, and the Steelers shipped Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-rounder last offseason. (Although that bargain-basement price tag had everything to do with Holmes' off-field troubles. But still, he was the Super Bowl MVP and the best pass catcher on the Jets in 2010 -- you'd think he'd still be worth more than that.)

Sorensen also notes that should Smith stay in Carolina he could serve as Cam Newton's security blanket, but that's part of the problem. As Brinson pointed out Saturday, "Smith wasn't a big fan of Jimmy Clausen [last season]. It's hard to blame him, because Clausen's ascension to the role of starter meant a serious step back for the passing game."

Plus, Smith's 32. He's not interested in being a part of the Panthers' rebuilding process; he wants to win now, while he still has a few good years left.  And in that regard, San Diego makes a lot of sense. In fact, when quarterback Philip Rivers was asked about the prospects in May, he was all for it.

"Bring him on," he said. "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."

As is Smith, we'd imagine.

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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:53 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

I have no idea what happened on the last message. not How I put it in but the numbers are there for each season.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:52 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

Colts or Patriots over the Chargers??  Are they better fits because they've won recent Super Bowls??  They aren't better passing teams...  Check the numbers over the last three
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 Maybe you should check the numbers. The last 3 years total- Indy 13,218 passing yards - San Diego 12,715 passing yards, and Indy has 94 pass TD's the last 3 years to 93 for SD. 

 2008  Pass Yards     
  Indy   4,094     &n
bsp;  SD 3,858
 2009  Pass Yards     
  Indy   4,609     &n
bsp;  SD 4,519
 2010  Pass Yards     
  Indy   4,515     &n
bsp;  SD 4,338

 How are the Chargers a better passing team than Indy over the last 3 seasons?



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

sad day for panthers fans... as much as i would hate to see him go, this guy has done so much for the panthers and is by far my favorite player of all time... i wanna see him win one, and thats not gonna happen in the next few years in carolina... i hope he goes to san diego or another contender and gets his ring. #89





Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

WOW.... You're comparing Brady and Manning to Rivers...? It's ALWAYS funny how Charger fans love to compare their god (Rivers) to those who have actually WON a Superbowl... You should be more worried about the Chargers moving then trying to aquire Smith... Better yet, you should be more focused on WTF the Chargers CAN'T sell tickets... Let alone GIVE THEM AWAY bwhahahaha



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

CHARGERS!! wow that offense would be dangerous!
Meh. They wouldn't really be any more dangerous to me with Smith than they were when they had LaDainian Tomlinson in his prime. One thing is for sure though, Norv Turner is out of excuses and needs to win NOW.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

  Colts or Patriots over the Chargers??  Are they better fits because they've won recent Super Bowls??  They aren't better passing teams...  Check the numbers over the last three years.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

@EHart76...

Smith said he wants to go to a winner, sorry, Bucs are out of the question.

Looks like S.S. gets to wear Ravens purple!!



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

Come to the CFL its better football anyways Cool


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