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Steve Smith’s house hits the market in Carolina

James Laurinaitis

Amid rumors and rumblings that veteran receiver Steve Smith may want out of Carolina at a time when the team may be mired in an extended rebuilding process, a reader has passed along proof that Smith’s house is on the market.

(We’ve decided not to post a link to the listing or to provide other specific proof that would show where Smith lives, out of deference to his family’s privacy interests.  That said, we’re convinced that his house is indeed for sale.)

The 10,000-square foot mansion, built and bought by Smith in 2007, has an asking price of $2.9 million.

For a guy who, like Smith, is frustrated in his current situation, putting his house on the market is one of the few things he can do to express himself, especially since he has learned the hard way that punching someone isn’t the best way to make his point.

Signed for two more years, Smith is due to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2011 and $7.75 million in 2012.  Given those amounts, his recent production, his history of injuries, and the Patriots’ ability to cobble together a corps of selfless pass-catchers who don’t complain or demand the ball or criticize the quarterback publicly or otherwise, you know, punch someone, we think that no one will want to pay Smith $7 million next season.

Including the Panthers.

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22 Responses to “Steve Smith’s house hits the market in Carolina”
  1. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:47 AM

    “Given those amounts, his recent production, his history of injuries, and the Patriots’ ability to cobble together a corps of selfless pass-catchers who don’t complain or demand the ball or criticize the quarterback publicly or otherwise, you know, punch someone, we think that no one will want to pay Smith $7 million next season”
    patriots? how the hell did you find a way to inject them into this? late night?

  2. pastabelly says: Dec 17, 2010 8:49 AM

    You can “cobble together a corps of selfless pass cathers….” if you have Tom Brady (or Peyton Manning). Even if Andrew Luck walks through that door, it’s going to take some time down there.

  3. ralphwilsonsucks says: Dec 17, 2010 9:01 AM

    Join the club Steve, yours and many others here in Charlotte. Good luck sell that!

  4. realitypolice says: Dec 17, 2010 9:09 AM

    It is completely appropriate that the picture you have of Smith is of him trying to tackle someone who has obviously just intercepted another horrible pass from a s***** Panther QB.

    And you wonder why he wants to move.

  5. boblavoie says: Dec 17, 2010 9:19 AM

    Given those amounts, his recent production, his history of injuries, and the Patriots’ ability to cobble together a corps of selfless pass-catchers who don’t complain or demand the ball or criticize the quarterback publicly or otherwise, you know, punch someone, we think that no one will want to pay Smith $7 million next season.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!

    What do the Patriots have to do with any of this?

    Not every team works like the Patriot Organization. If it did, you would have three things: parody, GREAT football and the integrity that SHOULD come with a hard working team of FOOTBALL players.

    BB says, “Just do your job.”

  6. hooterdawg says: Dec 17, 2010 9:22 AM

    You just had to include your gratuitous referance to the Patriots. Now that they are peaking, you are fully on their bandwagon.

  7. klunge says: Dec 17, 2010 9:24 AM

    Try reporting just the facts next time, because your analysis of them is ridiculous and makes you look bad.
    The Panthers organization is terrible, the quarterbacking has been terrible, and that is responsible for his lack of production. So he’s right in criticizing them for it. You make it sound like he’s an overpaid pouter who just isn’t getting it done, when the truth is he has nothing to work with and perhaps from his perspective doesn’t think it will turn around very quickly.

    Detroit gave Burleson like $5M per year, surely Smith will get more than that.

  8. boblavoie says: Dec 17, 2010 9:31 AM

    Randy Moss tried to make a statement in New England and the Patriots sold (figuretively) his house for him.

    The coach who bought it is in the unemployment line.

  9. emmac13 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:35 AM

    Come to Cleveland please. We need a veteran WR to go with Ben Watson. He can mentor our young and pathetic wide outs.

  10. blackheld says: Dec 17, 2010 9:36 AM

    Detroit gave Burleson like $5M per year, surely Smith will get more than that.

    ____________________

    Once Burleson got healthy, he produced better than Smith has, even with Detroit playing “guess the quarterback” all season. I suspect Detroit thinks Burleson’s salary was money well spent, because Calvin Johnson is having a very good season on the other side.

    As far as Smith being tradeable, consider the other players who were traded and paid big money (or were signed to big contracts) based on their history, not their current production.

    We’re not talking Vince Young here. Smith has a history of great performance, and even Jimmy “The Ghost of Todd Blackledge” Claussen can’t erase that. Someone will pay for him.

  11. jaguarrule says: Dec 17, 2010 9:43 AM

    Come on down to Jacksonville Steve. We’d welcome you with open arms. Go Jags!!!

  12. jdduvall15 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:54 AM

    Smith put his house on the market in JUNE…

  13. beckzhere says: Dec 17, 2010 9:55 AM

    Looks like the Bungles found T.O’s replacement next year.

  14. godofwine330 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:55 AM

    The part about Steve Smith’s production being down in in relation to the lack of a quality QB on their roster. They have a rookie and Matt Moore, none of whom have been able to get Smith the ball. I’d take him on any team I was on, and he would be the best receiver on the Browns as soon as he stepped in the door. If Brandon Marshall can average almost $10 million per year, a 30 year old Steve Smith can get 7.

  15. kevo126 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:07 AM

    “Not every team works like the Patriot Organization. If it did, you would have three things: parody, GREAT football and the integrity that SHOULD come with a hard working team of FOOTBALL players.”

    @boblavoie hahaha i actually laughed out loud when i read you comment. integrity and patriots dont really go well together.

  16. catman72 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:31 AM

    Once again, just incase you missed it… HIS HOUSE HAS BEEN ON THE MARKET SINCE JUNE.

  17. youboettcha says: Dec 17, 2010 11:10 AM

    Steve Smith can catch Touchdowns and build houses?

  18. somesome says: Dec 17, 2010 11:39 AM

    Carolinas are a HUGE market for $10 million dollar homes … LOL …

  19. boblavoie says: Dec 17, 2010 11:54 AM

    kev126 says:
    @boblavoie hahaha i actually laughed out loud when i read you comment. integrity and patriots dont really go well together.

    Hey kev, Pay attention: real success comes to those with integrity but you wouldn’t know about that, would you.

  20. sarahpalinhater says: Dec 17, 2010 12:23 PM

    Steve Smith, although has had past scuffles with his teammates is NOT a bad character guy. Has always had a good work ethic, and is as tough as they come in going for the ball, especially over the middle of the field…something Randy Moss and TO would never do. Smith knows that at 32, his time to join a winning team is winding down.

    I was surprised he wasn’t dealt before the trade deadline this season. And who knows, maybe he secretly went to the GM and asked for it. But at least he didn’t do a Randy Moss and whine about it. However, if Smith is dealt, no matter what Carolina thinks, at BEST all they will get is a 4th rounder for him. Maybe not even that high.

    But Smith is a good Vet WR who can help a established playoff ready team. In fact, it would not surprise me to see Pittsburgh go after him, and have him replace the slot WR position held by Randal El.

  21. commandercornpone says: Dec 17, 2010 1:41 PM

    ticking time bomb

  22. mwm367 says: Dec 17, 2010 3:37 PM

    Steve Smith is not going anywhere. All you haters wish you had him on your team but you ain’t gonna get him. He will be back in Carolina next year.

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