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Steve Smith cleaned out locker, suite in Carolina before lockout

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It’s safe to say Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith won’t be among the handful of players that show up to team facilities on Tuesday.

Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly reports that Smith cleaned out his locker and luxury suite at Bank of America Stadium before the lockout ended.

Smith has a luxury box as part of his contract, which contains pictures and momentos from his career.  He had them all removed, which is a strong sign that Smith doesn’t plan to return to the team.  Edholm also confirms Smith has requested trades in the past.

As pointed out by Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, Edholm and Smith have been working on a book together for a while.  So it’s probably safe to say his sources are on point here.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has admitted that Smith’s future with the team was unsure this offseason, and the team sounds open to a possible trade if trades are ultimately allowed once again.

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  1. jpmelon says: Apr 26, 2011 11:36 AM

    Who’s going to waste their time to read Steve Smith’s book? I hope he doesn’t plan on making his millions off of that instead of football. I’m calling it now: Worst book of the year!

  2. cpanthersfan says: Apr 26, 2011 11:36 AM

    AJ Green?

  3. krow101 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM

    I love it when they pout and complain. Spoiled brats that they are. Hopefully he’ll quickly go broke and have to work a real job.

  4. austskate says: Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM

    Personally I think the guy can still play at a high level. I would love to see him get a shot on a team w/ a good qb and a decent WR opposite him.

  5. medtxpack says: Apr 26, 2011 11:41 AM

    “Smith has a luxury box as part of his contract,”

    Thats pretty cool, way to go agent…

  6. heyguru1969 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:43 AM

    Steve Smith wears his heart on his sleeve. He also wears his ass on his face, complaining about anything and everything (except when he drops a bunch of passes like last year). The guy is a gamer, but he can take that ATTITUDE with him like the other WR’s who infect teams (Marshall, T.O., Ocho, Moss, neet I go on?)

  7. goawayeverybody says: Apr 26, 2011 11:45 AM

    He’s picking the wrong time to leave. With a new coach, a fresh approach, and either a new QB or an improved Jimmy Clausen, the Panthers will definitely be better than last year. Yes, Jimmy was terrible last year, but hello, he was a rookie. As far as rookies go, he wasn’t completely terrible.

  8. whitemike55 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:45 AM

    Houston Texans!

  9. phinheads says: Apr 26, 2011 11:45 AM

    It’s never too late to sell insurance.

  10. pacificamjr says: Apr 26, 2011 11:47 AM

    the dude has lost a step or 2 but would love to see him as a #3 wr in detroit.

  11. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 26, 2011 11:47 AM

    krow101 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM

    I love it when they pout and complain. Spoiled brats that they are. Hopefully he’ll quickly go broke and have to work a real job.

    =========

    And who are “they”? You sound like another $8 buck an hour loser who is jealous that black folks can make millions for playing a game. So sad….

  12. chargersfan4life says: Apr 26, 2011 11:48 AM

    I could actually see this guy coming to the Chargers sometime in this offseason. Think about it, Floyd and Naanee are no longer on a contract, Jackson got the franchise tag, so basically the starting core is Vincent Jackson and Patrick Crayton. Rivers need an explosive and fast wide receiver and Smith fits that role. Unless the Chargers plan to pick up someone else in free agency or the draft. I don’t see A.J. Smith letting Patrick Crayton to be the number two wide receiver even though we have Vincent Jackson, and Gates at the TE.

  13. mgborgli says: Apr 26, 2011 11:49 AM

    The guy probably has a couple of years left. He is the type of player that can elevate a team towards becoming Superbowl contenders

  14. pantherpride52 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    As a Panthers fan I would hate to see him go but as a Steve Smith fan I’d like to see him win a ring. We’re not going to the Super Bowl anytime soon so if we could get a 3rd round pick from a team like the Patriots we should do it. I know a lot of people hate the guy and think he’s washed up but trust me he’s still got gas in the tank. Give him a QB like Tom Brady and he’ll catch 80-90 balls for 1,500 yards and they’ll win yet another Super Bowl.

  15. crazy2bbengals says: Apr 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    Steve Smith needed a Luxury box because he needed somewhere to sit his often broke ass down…whine…injury…whine…injurt…whine/CUT!

  16. koch23jk says: Apr 26, 2011 11:56 AM

    Nice work getting the luxury box worked into the contract…

  17. lbcoach34 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:57 AM

    Ship him to Cleveland – we’ll take him as long as he old and his best football is behind him

  18. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 26, 2011 11:58 AM

    The only place this guy would be suited is a strong organization with a great, veteran QB and an established head coach. That way they can just tell him “Know your role and shut your mouth.” He treated Clausen like a dog in Carolina and would do the same with Newton. And no new, young head coach wants to put up with that.

    Just look at the Rams last year when they were pondering acquiring T.O. They correctly passed as it would have been a disaster. You don’t want your young QB and HC to have to deal with that.

  19. ravensfreak00 says: Apr 26, 2011 12:06 PM

    I would for Steve Smith to come to Baltimore. We could use a deep threat like him.

  20. mray828 says: Apr 26, 2011 12:08 PM

    I think it would be good for him at this point in his career to leave Carolina. If they do plan on drafting a new QB he most likely will be the face of the franchise and Smith would love to play for a contender. It would work well for both parties and Smith deserves it after the stellar career he has had for the Panthers.

  21. rippedoffhead says: Apr 26, 2011 12:16 PM

    Agreed Pantherpride…

    As a true panthers fan, I would hate to see him go. The guy has done nothing but make plays for us his whole career. Wouldn’t be right seeing him in another uniform. But to be honest I hate when players go team shopping in search of rings… rarely works out for them anyways (i.e. Randy Moss). I’d rather him stay in Carolina than squander away his last few years jumping team to team.

  22. crazy2bbengals says: Apr 26, 2011 12:18 PM

    @ravensfreak00 , I would love for him to come to the Ravens as well or the Browns or the Steelers…he is little, he is hurt and he is slow and getting slower. If you think Flaco over throws your recievers now you wait til he is en route

  23. crabboil says: Apr 26, 2011 12:20 PM

    come to New Orleans. you’ll look good in black and gold.

  24. spartyfi says: Apr 26, 2011 12:22 PM

    @clintonportisheadd: Um, I believe the “they” he’s referring to is NFL players.

    You wanna know part of the problem and a factor in racism? People like you that think everything is a racist comment or mentality. 1) the posters comment seemed to have NOTHING to do with racism to me and 2) if it was why even say something to him/her? A racist is an ignorant fool and arguing with them or commenting to them will do no good but waste your time.

    Stop trying to pull that card at every chance you get when it’s not the case at all. Racism isn’t nearly as bad in this country as some people (read YOU) like to believe. Does it exist, yes but so do lots of negative stereotypes some of which you probably use too. The good news is it’s not nearly as bad as it was 3o years ago and beyond.

  25. whatswiththehate says: Apr 26, 2011 12:24 PM

    I must have stepped into the wrong article, I was saying to myself…wow, you folks finally decided to criticize Carson for acting like a spoiled brat and holding out for a trade. Then I scrolled up and saw it was the usual suspects, who are so easily ridiculed and criticized by the faithfuls on this site.

    Moving right along…Nothing more than the same selfish-righteous attack on an NFL athelete who isn’t white.

  26. p4hbiz says: Apr 26, 2011 12:30 PM

    S. Smith is a good friend of mine and he’s one of the talented Wideouts in the game, but also can be immature @ times..

    But he’s a LA guy, like myself and we all have a little hollywood in our hearts.. I told him Al would Love the guy, but not in a trade.

    Look for the Raiders to team Santana Moss with J. Campbell in 2011

    GO RAIDERS!!!

  27. EJ says: Apr 26, 2011 12:33 PM

    Steve Smith cleaned out locker, suite in Carolina before lockout
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 26, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Getty ImagesIt’s safe to say Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith won’t be among the handful of players that show up to team facilities on Tuesday.

    Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly reports that Smith cleaned out his locker and luxury suite at Bank of America Stadium before the lockout ended.

    Smith has a luxury box as part of his contract, which contains pictures and momentos from his career. He had them all removed, which is a strong sign that Smith doesn’t plan to return to the team. Edholm also confirms Smith has requested trades in the past.

    As pointed out by Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, Edholm and Smith have been working on a book together for a while. So it’s probably safe to say his sources are on point here.

    Panthers coach Ron Rivera has admitted that Smith’s future with the team was unsure this offseason, and the team sounds open to a possible trade if trades are ultimately allowed once again.

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    jpmelon says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:36 AM
    Who’s going to waste their time to read Steve Smith’s book? I hope he doesn’t plan on making his millions off of that instead of football. I’m calling it now: Worst book of the year!

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    cpanthersfan says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:36 AM
    AJ Green?

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    krow101 says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM
    I love it when they pout and complain. Spoiled brats that they are. Hopefully he’ll quickly go broke and have to work a real job.

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    austskate says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM
    Personally I think the guy can still play at a high level. I would love to see him get a shot on a team w/ a good qb and a decent WR opposite him.

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    medtxpack says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:41 AM
    “Smith has a luxury box as part of his contract,”

    Thats pretty cool, way to go agent…

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    heyguru1969 says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:43 AM
    Steve Smith wears his heart on his sleeve. He also wears his ass on his face, complaining about anything and everything (except when he drops a bunch of passes like last year). The guy is a gamer, but he can take that ATTITUDE with him like the other WR’s who infect teams (Marshall, T.O., Ocho, Moss, neet I go on?)

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    goawayeverybody says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:45 AM
    He’s picking the wrong time to leave. With a new coach, a fresh approach, and either a new QB or an improved Jimmy Clausen, the Panthers will definitely be better than last year. Yes, Jimmy was terrible last year, but hello, he was a rookie. As far as rookies go, he wasn’t completely terrible.

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    whitemike55 says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:45 AM
    Houston Texans!

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    phinheads says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:45 AM
    It’s never too late to sell insurance.

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    pacificamjr says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:47 AM
    the dude has lost a step or 2 but would love to see him as a #3 wr in detroit.

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    clintonportisheadd says:
    Apr 26, 2011 11:47 AM
    krow101 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM

    I love it when they pout and complain. Spoiled brats that they are. Hopefully he’ll quickly go broke and have to work a real job.

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    And who are “they”? You sound like another $8 buck an hour loser who is jealous that black folks can make millions for playing a game. So sad….

    I proof read krow101′s post and if you do too, you might realize that he said nothing about a specific race… A little touchy are we? I think he was talking about NFL players in general pal.

  28. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    The guy goes out every game and gives all he has. He realizes that he is getting old and even said he wants to move from being the #1 receiver, give the younger guys a chance to make a name for themselves. He deserves to be on a winning team in my opinion.

  29. chadmurdigan says: Apr 26, 2011 12:44 PM

    Like a lot of great players over the years, the firey and competitive Smith deserves to end his career with a ring, so I hope he can hook up with a contender. I’d love to see him go to the Jets. He has a Jet attitude and mouth that would fit right in.

    The guy has issues with anger and self-control, yeah, but anyone who has ever watched him play knows he’s the real deal. He’s the sort who would play for nothing, I think. That’s how much I believe he loves the game.

  30. chc36 says: Apr 26, 2011 12:46 PM

    In Baltimore he would be ideal, put in at 2 or 3 with Boldin, Mason and a speedy second round rookie (Torrey Smith), that would be an unstoppable 4 receiver set, swap Mason out on 3 receiver long balls with Torrey and call it a day.

  31. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 26, 2011 12:53 PM

    Book title: “Sucker Punch”

  32. jvibottomline says: Apr 26, 2011 12:53 PM

    World needs a lot BARTENDERS!

  33. andyreidisfat says: Apr 26, 2011 12:59 PM

    No doubt in my mind Smith will be a Patriot next season. My guess is the Pats are smart enough to realize he will be cut at some point and not even waste a pick trading for him. Though they do have plenty of picks to make a trade if they wanted to.

  34. commoncents says: Apr 26, 2011 1:06 PM

    If De-jerk off gets his way, the next CBA will allow Steve Smith to take his luxury box with him when he decides not to play anymore.

  35. emoney826 says: Apr 26, 2011 1:21 PM

    The world needs plenty of bartenders.

  36. friendlylittletrees says: Apr 26, 2011 1:27 PM

    Steve Smith for Brandon Marshall

    Greatest Trade Ever!

  37. claydefayette says: Apr 26, 2011 1:38 PM

    Now it’s time for the Panthers to clean out their roster

  38. madenatewell says: Apr 26, 2011 1:46 PM

    As a panthers fan, I hate this. As a steve smith fan, I hope he wins a championship

  39. selmonfan63 says: Apr 26, 2011 1:48 PM

    Smith needs some Organized Team Activities ASAP. His best seasons have always been after he whips a teamate’s ass.

  40. peester15 says: Apr 26, 2011 1:56 PM

    See Ya Steve!! Thanks for your time, you’re a leader…but not a good leader. Good luck with the Pats, Moss Jr.

  41. rajbais says: Apr 26, 2011 3:52 PM

    Finally, Smith did something sensible for a change!!!!

    I hated how he was trying to be the helpful veteran to young receivers that can’t play!!!

    But in order for me to be truly satisfied and know that he wants to win Smith needs to publicly demand a trade!!!

    To not demand a trade and stay with a perennial loser is not respectable in my mind. It shows you why nice guys finish last!!!

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