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Report: Panthers attempting to trade Steve Smith

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The Carolina Panthers are attempting to trade 34-year-old wide receiver Steve Smith, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Questions have swirled recently on the verge of free agency regarding Smith’s future in Charlotte.

Smith has played 13 years in the NFL, all with the Panthers. His 2013 performance fell off dramatically.

Given Smith’s age and his $7 million cap number, a trade may prove difficult for Carolina. If the team is unable to trade Smith, cutting him from the team is an option, though his contract has $9 million in dead money if cut this season.



  • danny

    i dont think theyll get much out of probably keep him if he was as good as he likes to think he is. hes arrogant ,cocky and overrated.move him and get younger talent for the future

  • Donna Brucia

    Stupid idea!!! These guys played their hearts out last year and made it to the Playoffs and now someone wants to screw the team up. I am a true Carolina Panthers fan and have been since day 1 of the beginning of this team. Don’t disappoint the team’s fans out there by cutting some of the best players that has stuck with this team from day 1 through the bad and the good. Making a bad choice to let Steve Smith go.



  • Chris Boyles

    At least the Falcons showed their class with Tony Gonzalez in his last season, while the Panthers are in a faus pas with Gettleman. He should get the heave ho…Gettleman had already let the cat out of the bag. Gettleman responded to a question at the scouting combine about Smith thus: “Steve’s had a great career. He really has. None of us are here forever. He’s part of the evaluation process.” In the end Smitty will stay because he is the heart of the Panthers and without a heart the beast is dead and Ron and Jerry know that…Granted Gettleman is a pro and can win but as far as the fans are concerned, it is just as he stated, “none of us are here forever” Gettleman is also a part of the evaluation process and so far he needs to get his PR act together before the axe falls on him….

  • T. Jones

    Heck Naw! Don’t, I repeat, Don’t do it! I refuse to believe the Panthers organization can be This dumb!

  • Janella Day

    This is so stupid. The one that Gettleman needs to trade or cut is J. Stewart. He stays hurt more than he plays and they are paying him way to much. Gettlemen needs to keep Smith and all the players that played 200% and trade the rest before Mr Richardson gets rid of him.

  • TheLiteSkinnedGuy (@DreadsStayNappy)

    Over they years, I’ve seen some really dumb decisions that have been made by the Panthers players and organization as a whole. One of those that sticks out is the bad kick in the Superbowl against NE by Kasay (with all due respect, nothing but love for you). But this by far would be the most idiotic thing I have ever seen in my life! Why on earth would you even think about trading, or even worse, releasing the greatest player who has ever worn the black & blue? This man has done everything in his power for over a decade in order to keep this team up. No matter how the season is going Smith is always ampped up and gives his all every game. He’s a mentor to all the other players, a great leader, and has not once over his entire career turned his back on the team, even with all of the terrible times we have had. I guess my opinion doesnt really matter when it comes to the official decision, but releasing the man that has been the heart & soul of the Carolina Panthers entire organization for so long would be the worst possible decision Gettelman could make. -A True Fan

  • Cheryl Mauney

    I totally agree with the above poster. As much as I love the Panthers and Kasey, it would obvious he threw that Super Bowl. He should have only been a memory the following season. Jake Delhomme came out of nowhere and was a fierce leader for several years. He got hurt and lost a few steps, and should have been cut way before he. His performance on the field was lacking; nothing personal as I loved Jake. It was for the betterment of the team. But Steve Smith? The only Panther who has played with heart and soul for many years. This is the most asinine move ever from this franchise. Honestly, we’ve had chance after chance to be SB material, but I don’t believe Richardson has ever really cared. I have been a fan from the day I heard the Carolinas were getting their own team. I will always be a fan. However, if Smith is traded or cut, I hope the team that picks him up kicks some Panther butt and Steve Smith gets that Super Bowl ring he’s wanted.

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