“These people that keep writing these articles, none of them have even spoken to me. What I want to do is be classy and not tip my cards, be respectful to the [Panthers] organization,” Smith told Eric Edholm of ProFootball Weekly. “It’s not me saying, ‘Yes, I want a trade.’ It’s still a family matter, and when my family feels it’s the appropriate time, our actions will show how we feel.”
Since he and the Panthers are stuck in limbo at the moment, Smith doesn’t see any point in advancing what he really wants. He says he hasn’t “demanded” a trade and that he hasn’t ruled out any scenario for what will happen after the lockout.
“I could be moved, I could be cut, I could stay or I could be locked out,” Smith said.
Still, Smith’s agent stressed that his client’s top desire is to compete for a championship.
It’s hard to see that happening in Carolina in 2011, which should make Smith one of the most intriguing names available when the lockout ends.