Steve Smith thinks he’ll be back with the Giants

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We’ve written about Giants wide receiver Steve Smith’s uncertain future a few times lately.

They don’t have a huge need at wide receiver, but Smith may be Eli Manning’s favorite target. His situation is clouded further by his uncertain free agent status and his recovery from knee surgery.  (Smith could be a RFA if we go back to 2010 rules.)

With so many questions, we had Smith on PFT Live Wednesday to provide answers.  Florio asked Smith if he expected to be back in New York next year.

“As a matter of fact I do,” Smith said. “Spoke to Jerry Reese and Coach Coughlin and Mr. Mara prior to all this lockout stuff, and they want me back. … If I had to start running today, I could. We’re gonna backtrack a couple of things just because of the lockout. We don’t really have to push it so much. But I’m pretty close.”

We tend to agree with Smith and believe there’s a good chance the Giants will keep the 2009 Pro Bowler.