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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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Comments

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

I got a feeling Steve Smith will be joining the Bucs who are in need of a WR unless Benn is 100% soon. He would fit right in and Tampa could use a sppedy deep threat.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

CHargers_LT my mistake. I first read your message and thought you sid the Chargers led in all of those categories but after rereading I see you just said Rivers so my bad. Steve Smith would be an elite receiver again in the NFL if he went to San Diego.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

Last year Philip Rivers of the Chargers had the most total Passing yards, Passing yards per game, Passes 20+ yards, Passes 40+ yards and the highest yards per pass average in the NFL. Rivers did all that with some receivers brought up from the Practice squad and without Vincent Jackson for almost the whole year.

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Peyton manning had the most passing yards and the Colts had the most passing yards, passing yards per game, higher comp %, and the Philadelphia Eagles had the most pass plays of 40 + yards. Maybe you should know something before throwing out numbers.




Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:07 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

BigO, Try knowing something about a subject before you make statements and try to make them sound like facts.

Last year Philip Rivers of the Chargers had the most total Passing yards, Passing yards per game, Passes 20+ yards, Passes 40+ yards and the highest yards per pass average in the NFL. Rivers did all that with some receivers brought up from the Practice squad and without Vincent Jackson for almost the whole year.

Rivers had almost 100 less completions than Peyton Manning so as you can see Rivers is not throwing the little short dink and dunk passes like Peyton.  Rivers only had 37 more completions than Tom Brady but had 800 more yards so as you can see Rivers is not throwing the little short dink and dunk passes like Brady.  Steve Smith is a deep threat.

The Chargers are a passing offense now and one of the best.

Steve Smith grew up in Southern California and I am pretty sure his wife would prefer Southern California over Indianapolis or Masachusetts.

I hope the Chargers make a strong push for Steve Smith.




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:03 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

Bog O, that is why, truth be told since Steve Smith himself said it...that he wants to go to San Diego. Philip Rivers has been the best QB over the last 3 years averaged and is getting better every year. While Peyton Manning is a great QB, and posted great numbers last year, he has peaked. New England already has their primary receiver for the short passing game. But it is all moot really. Smith will go where he is traded, and this Charger fan thinks a fourth rounder would be too much for what he would be in SD. Just another target for a QB that outplayed every one of his peers with nobodies at WR for most of last year.



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:54 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

CHARGERS!! wow that offense would be dangerous!



Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:37 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

"We need players now more then ever, so a future pick is bad bussiness"

You will likely not turn this team around in one year with a rookie QB and win a superbowl (St Louis almost made a run at it, but that was widely looked at as a phenomenon).  Looking for "future picks" is ABSOLUTELY good business in this situation...moreso in an environment like we are seeing this year with the lockout.  If you got a 3rd and a 5-7th you would be better off than trading for a single player... That player is going to need the first several weeks at LEAST, to learn the new system especially with the shortened prep time the NFL is likely facing.  Next year will have a very healthy draft class (healthier and more promising than this years) and you can still try to maneuver to pick up serviceable FA's (a very promising and healthy FA pool this year) for short money who are looking to sign with ANYONE for job security and either bolster a position or likely improve on one that is severly lacking (there are a few).

 

 




Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:09 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

If the truth was told, Smith would rather go to the Colts or Patriots. Let's be honest... the man is a wide receiver. He would prefer to be in an offense that is basically turned loose all the time with one of the best QB's of all-time throwing him the ball.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:30 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

Could at least link the blue highlighted Steve Smith to the correct Steve Smith CBS?



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:51 am
 

Panthers' Smith interested in Chargers or Ravens?

As I've said before 'IF' Steve Smith is traded what can San Diego or Baltimore for that matter offer the Panthers? We need players now more then ever, so a future pick is bad bussiness, so who does these two teams offer up to make the Panthers a better team?  


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