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Cam Newton lobbies for Steve Smith to stay put

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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.

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25 Responses to “Cam Newton lobbies for Steve Smith to stay put”
  1. freedomispopular says: Jun 17, 2011 2:49 PM

    Of course he would. Without Smith, he’s even more destined to fail than he already is.

  2. gmen0820 says: Jun 17, 2011 2:51 PM

    Cam Newton’s going to need a bigger wingspan for his inaccuracy. Did anyone see that pitiful combine throwing session. He completed like two passes and the analysts praised those completions like god threw them.

  3. harmcityhomer says: Jun 17, 2011 2:52 PM

    I would not trade him for less than a 1st round pick. They have him under contract for 2 more years and he is still a very good to great WR.

  4. randysavage4ever says: Jun 17, 2011 2:54 PM

    I like it… Newton already showing some moxy and calling some shots…thats what leaders do…

    dont think its out of line for him to say these things, its great actually…

    and plus, if you were about to start for the Panthers, why WOULDNT you want a good WR like Steve Smith on your team…

    I just like the fact his embracing that leader role early…

  5. randysavage4ever says: Jun 17, 2011 2:57 PM

    I dont understand why ev1 in PFT planet hates Cam Newton so much…

    OPEN YOUR EYES – EV1 is getting something at the collegiate level… in basketball and football…

    you make it seem like Cam Newton DIDNT deliver when needed to and won the BCS title for Auburn while making them a TON of money…

    Stop Hating Ya’ll , its not healthy… he didnt rape, kill, or go an anti-hate racist/bias rant or anything…

    more people are doing worse things to hate them for, watch the news….

    lay off this kid, because at the end of the day when he turns out to be a BEAST, ev1 will feel dumb for hating someone they have never even met or know personally

  6. trbowman says: Jun 17, 2011 3:11 PM

    Calm down, nobody hates Cam Newton. lol.

    We just think he’ll fail.

  7. rcunningham says: Jun 17, 2011 3:29 PM

    I think people just like to call every 1st overall pick ever a SURE FIRE BUST so they won’t be caught off guard if he sucks and be able to tell all their friends that they TOTES CALLED IT

    More people need to learn “wait and see”.

  8. schmitty2 says: Jun 17, 2011 3:29 PM

    randysavage4ever says:
    Jun 17, 2011 2:57 PM
    I dont understand why ev1 in PFT planet hates Cam Newton so much…

    OPEN YOUR EYES – EV1 is getting something at the collegiate level… in basketball and football…

    you make it seem like Cam Newton DIDNT deliver when needed to and won the BCS title for Auburn while making them a TON of money…

    Stop Hating Ya’ll , its not healthy… he didnt rape, kill, or go an anti-hate racist/bias rant or anything…

    more people are doing worse things to hate them for, watch the news….

    lay off this kid, because at the end of the day when he turns out to be a BEAST, ev1 will feel dumb for hating someone they have never even met or know personally

    you might have a point but I can’t take you seriously when you have have a wrestler’s name for a username and you use EV1 instead of “everyone”

  9. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 17, 2011 3:34 PM

    “We just think he’ll fail.”

    Like he failed at Auburn?

    I guess the Panthers should hire you all and fire their scouting department. Surely an organization of professionals wouldn’t bother making the best possible decision when holding the first pick in the draft.

    If there’s one thing worse than armchair GMs its armchair GMs.

  10. bamasucks says: Jun 17, 2011 3:40 PM

    “destined to fail”?

    he’s going to make a lot of people look like idiots for making comments like this….not that they needed the help.

  11. shadowgm1 says: Jun 17, 2011 3:41 PM

    Awww… great press. What a teammate, right?

    Newton will still be a gigantic bust, even with a skills-depleted “mini-me” at wideout. He’s already at the point where he can’t out-run many corners, and he could never out-fight for the ball against a bigger and more physical corner.

    Maybe he should lobby for more of those worthless wideouts he was forced to throw to (and looked horrible doing) at the combine. He was still whining about that weeks later.

  12. shadowgm1 says: Jun 17, 2011 3:55 PM

    @harmcityhomer-

    I don’t think the bidding will start any higher than a fifth rounder if they open up the phone lines for a trade for Smith – and most teams would sooner wait until he’s released or a free agent. Judging from the press last season, management and Smith just aren’t digging each other anymore. If they can’t move him for a fourth (which a truly desperate and cap-strapped team may offer for his contract), they will release him outright if they really want him gone. He is just not the electrifying player he used to be during their Super Bowl season and two seasons following.

    @randysavage4ever

    I truly admire your blind enthusiasm and heart, but you are really going to be let down. Newton dominated OVERMATCHED defenses in the SEC with their trick-pony wildcat spread for one year, and it almost derailed in the National Championship. With the exception of a mismatch between a lumbering Oregon linebacker against a speedy Auburn slot WR that resulted in a TD mid game, they could have easily lost. It would have taken more than fancy talk and paid press from an agent to buoy his plummeting draft stock. The combine doesn’t lie when it comes to a QB being unable to read and adjust his timing to a diverse group of wideouts. That is what the NFL is.

  13. johnnycash19 says: Jun 17, 2011 4:02 PM

    I thought Cam Newton spoke in third person?

    So wouldn’t Cam have said:
    “Cam Newton wanted to play for the Panthers cause the Panthers had the #1 pick. Cam Newton wanted to be the #1 pick. Cam Newton wants to throw to Steve Smith. Steve Smith, do you get Cam Newtons message? Did I forget to say Cam Newton?”

  14. Spencer says: Jun 17, 2011 4:13 PM

    I can’t wait to see which quarterback Carolina drafts next year after this little experiment fails.

  15. rcunningham says: Jun 17, 2011 4:19 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Jun 17, 2011 3:29 PM

    you might have a point but I can’t take you seriously when you have have a wrestler’s name for a username and you use EV1 instead of “everyone”

    EV1 is pretty bad but don’t you dare insult the Macho Man.

  16. tombradyswig says: Jun 17, 2011 4:30 PM

    Good luck Cam, you’ll need it on that team!!!!!

  17. jbpanthers says: Jun 17, 2011 4:40 PM

    I hope everyone “hates” Newton like they “hate” Tom Brady.

  18. gdeli says: Jun 17, 2011 4:45 PM

    steve smith, great receiver but I hope he got anger management and paid his “victim” a good amount to settle the violent attack incident on him. crazy.

  19. montsta says: Jun 17, 2011 5:14 PM

    shadowgm1 says:
    Jun 17, 2011 3:41 PM
    Awww… great press. What a teammate, right?

    Newton will still be a gigantic bust, even with a skills-depleted “mini-me” at wideout. He’s already at the point where he can’t out-run many corners, and he could never out-fight for the ball against a bigger and more physical corner.

    Maybe he should lobby for more of those worthless wideouts he was forced to throw to (and looked horrible doing) at the combine. He was still whining about that weeks later.
    ———-
    Have you ever even watched Steve Smith play? He consistently takes the ball from the (usually 2) defender(s) at it’s highest point. I think Asomugha and Revis are the only two CB’s I’ve ever seen “shut him down”, and that was with post-AZ playoff meltdown Jake Delhomme throwing him the ball. Plus he was playing hurt all year last year. If he stays in CAR with Newton, he’ll have a couple more 1200+ yard seasons I promise you that much.

  20. catman72 says: Jun 17, 2011 7:03 PM

    Boy, Cam hasn’t even taken the field yet and people have already labeled him a bust.

    How bout we wait until we see the kid play a little bit?

  21. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 17, 2011 7:56 PM

    Not sure how this guy turns out, it will all be related to his work ethic and QB coach. He has the tools of Big Ben potentially. but you can’t lobby for Steve Smith to hang around. Steve has spent his career busting his butt in carolina, catching passes from delhomme, calsuen, moore, testaverde (seriously), collins, Wienke and more. Let him make his won choice. As for you Cam, you have earned the right to prove yourself.

  22. whatswiththehate says: Jun 17, 2011 8:21 PM

    I wonder if Cam Newton would be considered such a “bust” if had played for one of the many sports media loving colleges like OSU or Alabama? Hmmmm

    Funny how the sports media instantly hung the “bust” label on Cam and justify it with as many daily spunned rational as they did with fake nonpay-for-play stories on his father.

  23. panamon says: Jun 17, 2011 8:31 PM

    A first round pick?! He’s not going to be traded for more than a third and he does have a two year contract but he’s due $15 million over that time which means his contract likely will have to be reworked.

  24. shadowgm1 says: Jun 18, 2011 11:27 AM

    @monsta-

    Of course I have seen Steve Smith play, and I stand by my evaluation that he has lost a step in the speed category and that with the trend of NFL corners now playing north of 6’1″ with no loss of speed, he is being phased out athletically. I’m not concerned with what he accomplished going up against corners his height (5’9″) or an inch taller, when of course he could fight them for the ball. You mentioned Asomugha and Revis, both of whom are forerunners of this new breed of corners and are 6′ or taller, and have no loss of speed. Smith’s big plays came when outrunning the coverage, not outmuscling it at the highpoint. He needs to play somewhere like Indy or Chicago to extend his career in an offense conducive to his skill set. He is not a #1, in my eyes. His best years came when they had a physical WR (like Muhammad) playing opposite him. Now David Gettis plays his role.

  25. CKL says: Jun 18, 2011 12:46 PM

    Shadowgm-agree. SS’s last good year as a #1 was 08. Can’t get the separation he used to get consistently anymore. It’s true though that they haven’t had much around him @ WR except 03 with Muhammad & Proehl (05, Proehl was there but he was a crafty #3 not a true #2, and 06 I think he disliked Keyshawn and besides Keyshawn’s own issues, SS was a big reason Keyshawn wasn’t there more than a year)and Moose was really a good#3 by the time he returned for 08.

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