Now that tests have shown she doesn't have lupus, Smith is looking forward to proving he still can be an elite receiver at age 32. But whether the four-time Pro Bowl pick will be paired with No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton remains uncertain.
After Smith sidestepped questions Friday on whether he wants to return to Carolina, Newton made a sales pitch at Smith's youth football camp, Newton told a child he wanted to play for Carolina because it had the top pick "and I wanted to have someone great to throw to."
Asked later if he said that in hopes of swaying Smith, Newton smiled and replied, "Hopefully, he got the message."