It feels like the Panthers have been stuck preparing for a meaningless Week 17 game for the last two months.
Now the 2-12 squad is only a week away from the actual thing. Receiver Steve Smith still doesn’t want to think about 2011.
“Am I concerned about my contract? No. Am I looking forward to the end of the year? Actually not,” said Smith via CarolinaGrowl.com. “I’m not focusing on next year because Thursday is going to be bad weather and cold. It will be a tough physical game and I have my teammates counting on me to play ball. “
Smith addressed a PFT report saying that he was selling his house, remarking that the home has been on the market since July. The question may be less about whether Smith is happy in town, and more about whether the Panthers want to keep him.
Smith is a far better player than his statistics this season indicate (43 catches, 537 yards). The Panthers have to decide whether they believe he’ll still be a good player when their team is competitive again.