At a time when it has been widely assumed that the Panthers will trade or cut receiver Steve Smith, the team’s newest quarterback hopes that Smith remains in Charlotte.
Speaking at Smith’s football camp on Friday, Newton told one of the children in attendance that Newton wanted to play for the Panthers because Carolina had the first pick in the draft “and I wanted to have someone great to throw to.”
Later, someone asked Newton if he said what he said in order to persuade Smith to want to stay with the team, Newton said of Smith, “Hopefully, he got the message.”
As Rosenthal pointed out earlier, Smith wouldn’t say whether he wants to stay with the Panthers.
Which, of course, means he doesn’t.