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Steve Smith staying put

Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:00 am
 

Although there has been a lot of speculation that Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith could be traded, it almost certainly is not going to happen, according to a league source.

Smith, who was said to be upset with the losing in Carolina and the overall direction of the team, has come to grips with where the organization is heading, including the drafting of Cam Newton.

Smith, who turned 32 this year, was said to be a target of several teams needing receiver help.

At one point, the Panthers were considering dealing Smith, according to the source, but that has subsided in the past few days as Smith has grown to accept where he is with the team.

Smith would headline a young receiver group that will include three second-year players.

Some scouts said they thought Smith was just going through the motions because of his frustration with losing in 2010, but the source said Smith is encouraged by the direction of the team now.

Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:32 am
 

Steve Smith staying put

Not only did Smith not sign the picture - he never even sent it back.  I've never liked him since, and have never owned him on one of my fantasy football teams.

Wow that is quite a snap decision over a letter that Steve Smith may never have seen. That sounds pretty quick to judge someone.

The Panthers need to trade Smith to the Chargers so he does not destroy the locker room in Carolina.



 

 




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:39 am
 

Steve Smith staying put

Wow, more big NFL news to discuss! 40 year old wide out, Steve Smith is NOT leaving the Panthers. Are you kidding me? The NFL hasn't had a trade worth talking about. A lot of hype over nothing.



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

@dbwingnut,

Then it obviously never reached Steve.  I've met and talked with Steve multiple times and he is a class act.  He is great with kids and never would have let something like that happen.  It is ridiculous for you to boycott him because a letter sent to him didn't get to him.  How can you hold a "crapshoot" against him?  Do you think Peyton Manning sees all his fanmail, Drew Brees? 



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

Steve Smith is the Barry Sanders of Carolina.  All the talent in the world, surrounded by average players and non-supportive management.  Get out while you can Steve.....it ain't getting any better any time soon.
Steve Smith was the best player ever to play the game? 



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

You can see the Panthers are intent to put a'lot of safety valves around Newton. First re-signing Williams and keeping Smith. They also signed 2 pass-catching tight ends in Shockey and Olsen. Tight ends are a rookie QBs best friend(s).



Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

Several years ago, when Steve Smith got injured week 1 and was out for the season, my nephew (who was about 6 at the time) wrote him a nice letter telling him that he was my nephew's favorite player and sorry he got hurt.  He included a picture where my nephew had dressed up as Smith for Halloween.  (My nephew lived in Washington DC at the time, so it wasn't a local fan thing.)  Not only did Smith not sign the picture - he never even sent it back.  I've never liked him since, and have never owned him on one of my fantasy football teams.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

Smitty will have plenty of weapons around him this year.  Most people who don't follow the club don't even realize that our road grading right tackle didn't play a snap last year.  Having Otah back with our dynamic backfield will allow us to run effectively.  Having Jeremy Shockey AND Greg Olsen is just a slight upgrade over Jef King and Dante Rosario.  Then you add the young receivers who got plenty of action last year, and Cam Newton and Steve Smith have a plethora of weapons to work with!



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

TO



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

Lumpoco, I agree.  As a Panthers fan, I have grown tired of Smith's antics and was really hoping he would be dealt during Free Agency.  Unfortunately, that would mean the Panthers would have to make sure the deal included a dependable wide receiver, and obtain another in Free Agency because our other options can't run and chew gum at the same time. 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Steve Smith staying put

I don't know anything about Steve Smith except from what I have read from the media and we all know how biased and untrustworthy they can be. Usually, when a star player publicly demands to be traded, but then retracts by saying that he did not demand to be traded but only that he asked to be traded it does not go over well for the rest of the players that are still stuck playing on a pathetic team. It makes thing even worse when that player is no the team months later seething and venting about the fact that he is still on this awful team. As bad as my 49ers have been over the past decade or so no player has ever publicly demanded to be traded.


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