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Ron Rivera unsure of Steve Smith’s future in Carolina

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It doesn’t take long to realize that Panthers coach Ron Rivera is very direct.    Ask him about wide receiver Steve Smith, and Rivera doesn’t try to skirt around the fact Smith’s future with the team is uncertain.

“We have to go through the process and see how things fit and where he sees it.  It’s a touchy thing,” Rivera said about Smith to Joseph Person of he Charlotte Observer. “We’re going to have to wait until everything’s cleared up and see where he is.”

Rivera said he had a “great discussion” with Smith about his future.   It has been reported Smith requested a trade during last season and he makes for a logical trade candidate.  For now, Rivera is asking a wait and see approach.

“We’ve got to have our minicamp and all that when we get the opportunity and see how he fits with it, and see how it fits him and see if it’s what we need and what we want, and we’ll go from there,” Rivera said.    “As far as I’m concerned, he’s a part of what we are right now.”

A prolonged work stoppage would make Smith more likely to stay in Carolina.   Veteran trades wouldn’t be allowed leading up the NFL Draft, and an abbreviated free agency period could make it harder to pull off big deals.

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30 Responses to “Ron Rivera unsure of Steve Smith’s future in Carolina”
  1. jc1958cool says: Feb 11, 2011 10:47 AM

    why would he want to stay on a rebuilding team!
    he’s at the end of his career, time to move on!

  2. gallaghedj311 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:53 AM

    never liked Steve Smith. Always thought he was over hyped

  3. shaggytoodle says: Feb 11, 2011 10:59 AM

    It would have been nice to see what he could have done with an above average QB.

    I do have a question they can’t trade leading up to the draft, can they trade during the draft? Can they trade only picks, or can they trade rights to players as well (Manning for Rivers)?

  4. boisestatewhodat says: Feb 11, 2011 11:05 AM

    “Brees out of the shotgun, drops back, looks downfield….fires to the corner of the endzone…touchdown, Steve Smith!” Who Dat!!

  5. coffinberry says: Feb 11, 2011 11:08 AM

    Gabba Gabba Hey!

  6. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 11, 2011 11:11 AM

    “We’ve got to have our minicamp and all that when we get the opportunity and see how he fits with it, and see how it fits him and see if it’s what we need and what we want, and we’ll go from there,” Rivera said. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s a part of what we are right now.”

    How is that not the definition of “skirting” around the question?

  7. angrycorgi says: Feb 11, 2011 11:16 AM

    is it just me, or does Steve Smith look a LOT like a catfish with legs??

  8. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 11, 2011 11:17 AM

    He is prime trade material. The Bears would love him.

    And everyone knows Jerry Richardson has become devoted to turning the Panthers into the Pirates/Royals of the NFL so dumping Smiths salary ought to fit right into that agenda.

  9. ygkr85 says: Feb 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    Here’s what I’d like to see– Steve Smith (CAR) join the NYG. Steve Smith x2 + Nicks + Manningham + a new TE (sorry Kevin Boss) + Bradshaw + Mark Ingram

    Nice.

  10. ampats says: Feb 11, 2011 11:27 AM

    Steve Smith will look great catching bombs from Tom Brady.

    The Panthers are not trading him within the division or the NFC, sorry boise & clintonportishead.

  11. 504in860 says: Feb 11, 2011 11:40 AM

    Goodbye Devery Henderson, hello Steve Smith!

  12. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 11, 2011 12:13 PM

    steve smith should be traded. you can get decent value for a guy like him. maybe to a team that needs WRs like chicago or even San Diego.

    HE’s a BEAST.. anyone who says his ‘over hyped’ is a complete idiot. You must not watch him play., or even watch sportscentet.

    . i saw this guy get mobbed by 8 players and just battle his way out for a TD. check out his highlights on youtube.. (after you take your head out of your a$$)

  13. nodak2de says: Feb 11, 2011 12:19 PM

    ygkr85 says:
    Feb 11, 2011 11:24 AM
    Here’s what I’d like to see– Steve Smith (CAR) join the NYG. Steve Smith x2 + Nicks + Manningham + a new TE (sorry Kevin Boss) + Bradshaw + Mark Ingram

    Nice.

    And the giants would still finish second to the Eagles in the NFC East

  14. broncsfan says: Feb 11, 2011 12:22 PM

    The Panthers’ only hope under current ownership is to build a great run-blocking O-line, draft smartly and often at RB so their star offensive player is always on a rookie contract, put together a timing based passing attack that relies more on dedication than raw talent, and spend the 70% or so of leftover roster money on D. Steve Smith does not factor in.

  15. djp141 says: Feb 11, 2011 12:56 PM

    Great receiver, but his skills are going to waste here in Carolina.

  16. steelerfan12 says: Feb 11, 2011 1:02 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:
    Feb 11, 2011 11:17 AM
    He is prime trade material. The Bears would love him.

    And everyone knows Jerry Richardson has become devoted to turning the Panthers into the Pirates/Royals of the NFL so dumping Smiths salary ought to fit right into that agenda.

    OK, the Steelers just lost the Super Bowl. Now people have to start insulting the Pirates, too?

    Unfortunately, you’re right. The Pirates are terrible. How much offense can I take when someone just speaks the truth?

    Let’s just hope the Penguins finish strong and the Pirates aren’t more than 10 games out of first by Memorial Day. This is what I have to look forward to during the NFL offseason. (Assuming there’s an “on-season” in 2011.)

  17. lgbarn says: Feb 11, 2011 1:09 PM

    Why would the Panthers trade Smith to the Saints. Makes no sense…I would expect that IF he is traded, it would be to the AFC or another division in the NFC.

  18. cytofed says: Feb 11, 2011 1:21 PM

    He’s likely to go to a California team San Diego? However I can see Oakland over bid and end up with smith and ocho. Not sure if I’ll translate on the field but it will surely increase foot traffic in and out of coach Davis’s office.

  19. catman72 says: Feb 11, 2011 2:38 PM

    Typical dumb Saints fans think Carolina would trade him within the division, LOL!

    …and did I hear a Skins fan busting on someone else’s owner? Did the Skins get the memo that the two teams in the superbowl have the highest # of their own drafted players on the roster? How many big free agency signings have the Packers and Steelers made lately? How’s that “build through free agency” plan working out in DC? Portis is the perfect example of the Skins stupidity, they traded a once-in-a-generation shutdown corner for a dime-a-dozen running back who gave them one good year.

  20. catman72 says: Feb 11, 2011 2:41 PM

    We’ll trade Smith to the Skins for high draft picks and they will immediately give him a Deion Sanders type contract and get maybe one good year of production.

    Redskins = where talent goes to cash in and die.

  21. usfdrewhamilton says: Feb 11, 2011 3:43 PM

    gallaghedj311 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:53 AM

    never liked Steve Smith. Always thought he was over hyped

    =======================================

    Maybe you should watch him play some time.

    Sincerely,

    A Buccaneers season-ticket holder since 1993.

  22. 504in860 says: Feb 11, 2011 3:56 PM

    Typical dumb Saints fans think Carolina would trade him within the division, LOL!
    ———————————————

    I was being sarcastic, you idiot. Don’t get mad because your team has a dim future.

    The deal is, he won’t be traded because nobody will give up anything worthy to get him. The Panthers will release him, and he’ll be free to go to any team. As a result, the Panthers will finish 2-14…maybe 4-12 if they get lucky.

  23. 504in860 says: Feb 11, 2011 3:57 PM

    Steve Smith (NYG) makes Steve Smith (CAR) look like Steve Smith (American Dad).

  24. usfdrewhamilton says: Feb 11, 2011 5:08 PM

    504in860 says: Feb 11, 2011 3:57 PM

    Steve Smith (NYG) makes Steve Smith (CAR) look like Steve Smith (American Dad).

    ======================================

    “Thumbs downing” this post should be criminal.

    Hilarious. I salute you.

  25. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 11, 2011 5:24 PM

    I have watched the panthers version of SS and he is not as good as the NYG version

    SS in Carolina is over past his prime so expect to see him in DC or jets where players go on the way to the rest home

  26. schmitty2 says: Feb 11, 2011 6:33 PM

    As much as I question him as a person he might be a great fit for the Rams who are in DESPERATE need of a good veteran wide reciever to line up opposite Mark Clayton next year

  27. boatdocker says: Feb 11, 2011 7:02 PM

    Housh is out..Mason retires..welcome to Baltimore Steve!!

  28. bigmikeyreturns says: Feb 12, 2011 4:32 AM

    Steve Smith isn’t going anywhere. This team has so many gaping holes, so many dire needs….the last thing this new regime needs to worry about is how to replace the one great WR they have.

    It has been stated already that the emphasis will be on the passing game. So why get rid of the only true starter on the roster?

    Steve Smith….Panther for life.

  29. djp141 says: Feb 12, 2011 12:15 PM

    “The Panthers will release him, and he’ll be free to go to any team.”

    Yeah, they’ll let their best player (who’s still under contract for a couple more years) walk away for nothing. Keep believing that.

  30. 504in860 says: Feb 12, 2011 11:53 PM

    Steve Smith being Carolina’s best player isn’t saying much. Someone like him doesn’t want to be stuck on a team like that. Besides, he’s lost a step anyway.

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