Looking at whether Steve Smith’s contract is a problem

AP

Cam Newton probably won’t have Steve Smith to throw to.

We’ve been passing along various rumors related to Smith’s future in Carolina and the general thinking now is that Smith will indeed be dealt before the season starts.

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, one of the most plugged-in reporters covering the Panthers, says he expects Smith to be traded soon after the lockout ends.  It’s only an opinion, but it’s a well-informed one based on a lot of information.

One issue that Yasinskas raises is whether a new team will have to give Smith a new contract if they acquire him.   We’d guess they won’t bother.

Smith is due $14.5 million over the next two years, which is fair compensation for someone with his track record.  He shouldn’t need to take a pay cut, but it doesn’t make sense to give Smith “new money” either.

If Smith does land with a new team, they can re-visit his contract after he shows how he fits in with his new squad for a year.

31 responses to “Looking at whether Steve Smith’s contract is a problem

  1. Please come to Buffalo, we are way under the cap & are willing to pay you that same money for 2 years.

  2. You mean after he shows how he fits in with his new squad for 8 to 12 games during the year.

    And that’s assuming no lost games.

  3. I’d consider $14,500,000 to be excessive for an older receiver who has rapidly declined in production. His recent track record is not that great.

  4. Yards over the last three years:

    1421

    982

    554

    Fourteen million over the next two years? No thanks.

  5. i am just confused about one thing…when exactly does the season start?

  6. Tennessee, Washington, Miami, Jax, Houston… lots of teams could use him.

  7. @ profootballwalk:

    With what QB’s throwing him the ball? It’s not his fault – he still has 2-3+ years left in the tank. He’s a competitor, he’s just had ZERO talent around him.

  8. NOBODY will sign him for that much money, unless he stays in Carolina! 110 receptions, 9TDs and 3 fumbles in the last 2 years does not $14.5M make.

    He’ll finish his career as someone’s slot receiver(hopefully KC), but he won’t be making that much money. He’s not worth it anymore.

  9. chapnastier says:
    May 9, 2011 1:09 PM
    My money is on the Jets or the Skins

    ————————————————
    Steve smith said he will only play for a team in CALIFORNIA.
    He was on sirius radio yesterday and said he would love to play for the raiders.
    Why wouldnt he?
    Raiders are the best team in Cali and the best team in the west(killed everybody in their divison last year)
    And raiders are defintly goin to the playoffs and probley the superbowl.
    Be realistic.. seriously whos going to beat the raiders? If the raiders didnt get screwed last year they would of won the superbowl.. If you beath everybody in your Division TWICE and sweep your whole Divison I believe that makes u Dvivison Champs

  10. “profootballwalk says: May 9, 2011 1:54 PM

    Yards over the last three years:

    1421

    982

    554

    Fourteen million over the next two years? No thanks.”

    2008 The panthers were 12-4 and then Jake had his meltdown and they had no QB worth a darn since

    2009 8-8 Jakes performance still down hill

    2010 2-14 Still no QB

    Now lets look at his yardage again. You give this man a QB and he will put up numbers

  11. Ted Thompson is right, reporters really dont know what they are talking about. If Steve Smith gets to keep the same contract, I will be stunned. His production is dropping, he has lost speed and doesnt have the height to be a possession receiver. In fact, I am not sure anyone will want to trade for him. My money is on Steve Smith getting straight cut.

  12. Yards over the last three years:

    1421

    982

    554

    Fourteen million over the next two years? No thanks.

    ____________________________________

    Quarterbacks over the last three years

    Delhomme (pre-mental breakdown)
    Delhomme (post mental breakdown)/Matt Moore
    Matt Moore/Jimmy Claussen

    I think he deserves a pass for the past 2 years and I’d take a chance on him with that contract… Include in that fact, that he was the one who basically made Delhomme even look servicable.. all the while never truly having a # 2 receiver to take the pressure off of him… btw.. he has said that Oak and SD are teams of interest to him, as well as Baltimore is a possibility. Personally, he lives in Cali, and I think he’d just like to finish his career close to home….

  13. @huejackson

    the only reason Smith mentioned the Raiders is because he knows they are the ONLY team dumb enough to pay him that much!

  14. For those questioning his statistical decline here are 2 notes:

    QB’s over the past 3 years.
    Jimmy Clausen, Matt Moore, and post Tommy John surgery Jake Delhomme.

    #2 receivers to take pressure off Smith past 3 years:
    An old Mushin Muhammad, Dwayne Jarett, rookie David Gettis, and tight ends Dante Rosario and Jeff King.

    If he does go to a team like SD, having Antonio Gates, possibly a Vincent Jackson could be a sort of rebirth. Though he doesn’t have the same top end speed, I’m confident that he can tool his game to be successful.

  15. Commenters here seem to think that their favorite athletes never get old. There’s always an excuse, and you should always keep paying the guy until he drops dead of old age.

  16. huejackson says:
    May 9, 2011 2:08 PM
    chapnastier says:
    May 9, 2011 1:09 PM
    My money is on the Jets or the Skins

    ————————————————
    Steve smith said he will only play for a team in CALIFORNIA.
    He was on sirius radio yesterday and said he would love to play for the raiders.
    Why wouldnt he?
    Raiders are the best team in Cali and the best team in the west(killed everybody in their divison last year)
    And raiders are defintly goin to the playoffs and probley the superbowl.
    Be realistic.. seriously whos going to beat the raiders? If the raiders didnt get screwed last year they would of won the superbowl.. If you beath everybody in your Division TWICE and sweep your whole Divison I believe that makes u Dvivison Champs

    The Raiders got screwed and should have made the Superbowl? They lost 8 games there Genius.

  17. “Commenters here seem to think that their favorite athletes never get old. ”

    Smith still has a handful of good years left. As far as his recent numbers go, he’s been playing in a run first, run second offense with crappy qb’s. His career has been wasted in Carolina.

  18. radrhatr says: May 9, 2011 2:23 PM

    @huejackson

    the only reason Smith mentioned the Raiders is because he knows they are the ONLY team dumb enough to pay him that much!
    ============================
    yet the ONLY team smart enough to sweep the AFC West…as with Jerry Rice, yet another re-surrected career stop – keep hating

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. He’s still elite…stats don’t show it. He hasn’t had anyone to throw him the ball or anyone else to threaten the passing game. They only try forcing the ball to him which creates the INT’s. I’m a panthers fan, I’ve been saying it for years…

  20. He’ll go to Atlanta and win the Super Bowl there instead. Who’d want to catch passes from tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum *cough* Newton and Clausen *cough* anyway?

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