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Carolina’s Steve Smith teams of choice: Baltimore, San Diego

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Late last season, Carolina’s Steve Smith went to Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s house and asked to be traded.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer confirms this with multiple sources, and we’ve seen it elsewhere.  Before the lockout started, the Panthers reportedly started to shop Smith around quietly.

While Smith has mostly stayed quiet on the issue this offseason, his desire to leave the team seems pretty obvious. And the Panthers seem open to the idea.

If Smith is dealt, Sorensen writes that his teams of choice include the Chargers and Ravens.   Basically, he wants to go to a playoff contender.

The Chargers were rumored in connection to Smith earlier this offseason, and make a lot of sense because they could use another veteran receiver.

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40 Responses to “Carolina’s Steve Smith teams of choice: Baltimore, San Diego”
  1. peester15 says: Jul 17, 2011 9:45 AM

    Rivers to Smith would be “deadly”

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 17, 2011 9:50 AM

    Let him rot in Carolina…ehhh maybe send him to Oakland.

  3. bird2jasun says: Jul 17, 2011 9:58 AM

    Smitty isnt goin any where now, too late in the year, plus sorensen said on wfnz radio its doubtful now bc it so ate now. Plus smitty never said it in public #rumers

  4. watermelon1 says: Jul 17, 2011 10:00 AM

    If Smith is willing to sign for CHEAP… I’m sure both Baltimore and San Diego would be willing to see how much he’s got left.

    But considering he hasn’t done much lately, and is known for running the wrong route or just quitting on a route hanging his QB out to dry… he can’t expect much money from teams like that.

    Baltimore just traded for Boldin last year, and drafted a receiver in the first round this year. The Chargers tagged Jackson AGAIN, and Rivers seems to do better with bigger receivers. Jackson, Floyd, even Kelley Washington… all bigger guys.

    I think teams would rather take a risk on Terrell Owens with how well he played last year on a team that was going nowhere…

  5. kingjoe1 says: Jul 17, 2011 10:02 AM

    Patriots would be the best option however for his chance at another Superbowl.

  6. duanethomas says: Jul 17, 2011 10:07 AM

    Doesn’t work that way in the NFL, you make the best based deal on what’s best for your team. You think Ozzie or Smith will give the Panthers premium draft picks or try to get him on the cheap. Whatever team gives them the best deal, that’s where he will go, period. This isn’t the NBA.

  7. CKL says: Jul 17, 2011 10:20 AM

    It must have more to do with the cities itself than the teams or QBs because Balt & SD are far from the only 2 teams one could consider contenders every year and much as I think Rivers is a very good player, he’s not the only QB who is on a fairly consistent playoff contender. NE, GB, Pitt, Atl, NO, etc.

    I mean really, WRs should want to go to Indy #1. They’re contenders every year, they pass a lot and play indoors 9 games/year and play warm weather opponents in their away games that aren’t in a dome. Granted Indy doesn’t make a lot of trades and seldom makes any splash in FA because they prefer homegrown talent but same could be said for Balt & SD.

  8. chargerfan27 says: Jul 17, 2011 10:25 AM

    Rivers to VJax and Smith… with a healthy break-out Mathews?? Wow…

  9. fballguy says: Jul 17, 2011 10:26 AM

    Just what the Chargers need…another injury prone WR.

  10. humb0lt says: Jul 17, 2011 10:36 AM

    The Patriots would be Smith’s best option for an early exit from the playoffs.

  11. lgbarn says: Jul 17, 2011 10:41 AM

    I would love to see what happens if he throws a punch in practice in Baltimore. He might have to be carried back to the locker room with his head inside his helmet on a seperate stretcher from his body.

  12. ctemp03 says: Jul 17, 2011 10:43 AM

    I say you send him to Dallas and match him up with Dez, Miles Austin and Jason Witten and trade Sam Herd and Roy “I can’t catch the ball” Williams

  13. mataug says: Jul 17, 2011 10:45 AM

    watermelon1 says: Jul 17, 2011 10:00 AM

    …….Baltimore just traded for Boldin last year, and drafted a receiver in the first round this year. The Chargers tagged Jackson AGAIN, and Rivers seems to do better with bigger receivers. Jackson, Floyd, even Kelley Washington… all bigger guys………..
    ——————————————————————–

    Baltimore drafted a cornerback in the first round – Jimmy Smith. I guess you got it wrong because the WR they drafted in the second round also has the same last name – Torrey Smith.

  14. marcus158 says: Jul 17, 2011 10:45 AM

    Baltimore? Has he not seen what happened to his fellow “tough guy WR” Anquan Boldin?

  15. humb0lt says: Jul 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    Smith is a native of California (LA) so it is natural for him to express a preference to play for the best team in the state, with the best QB on the West Coast.

  16. goawayeverybody says: Jul 17, 2011 11:28 AM

    He would be a huge asset to the Ravens. They need an elite wideout opposite Anquan Boldin.

  17. kyleortonsarm says: Jul 17, 2011 11:45 AM

    HAH. Chargers are not a contender.

  18. trickbunny says: Jul 17, 2011 11:45 AM

    He can go to Baltimore and be on a playoff contender. If he actually wants to get to a *Super Bowl* again, he might want to look elsewhere.

  19. waccoforflacco says: Jul 17, 2011 12:02 PM

    I think Ozzie would consider him for a one year, incentive laden deal for a low round pick. He’s been having injuries, may have lost a step, and definitely on the downside of his career.

    Plus we are looking to resign Marshall Yanda as a top priority and then a pass rusher to help out Suggs on the other side.

    An aging/smallish reciver isn’t on our radar.

  20. waccoforflacco says: Jul 17, 2011 12:15 PM

    Yo trickbunny…,you know as well as anybody that getting to the Superbowl is really tough and impossible to predict. Lets say Aaron Rogers tears his ACL….you think Green Bay would be a good pick for Smith?

    Injuries, judgement calls by refs, one missed assignment is all it takes to change a team’s fortunes for the entire season. Picking a Superbowl contender right now is a crap shoot

    “Elsewhere” could be “anywhere”.

  21. commandercornpone says: Jul 17, 2011 12:16 PM

    the sucker puncher is down to his last punch.

  22. ravensfan4life52 says: Jul 17, 2011 12:30 PM

    shoot come on over to Baltimore Steve.

    and @trickbunny

    nobody likes a hater.

  23. snnyjcbs says: Jul 17, 2011 12:42 PM

    How many AFC Championship Games the Chargers been to in their entire History? 2 lol. How many Super Bowls have they been to or won? lol a whole bunch.

    Chargers a Playoff Team? I hope they let some of those young good WR they have go and bring in the Old Man, Chargers are and always have been way overrated, just ask Dan Foust.

  24. thespeaker08 says: Jul 17, 2011 1:00 PM

    @Watermelon 1

    Is that what ESPN told you to say?

    You clearly don’t watch the Panthers.

  25. fballguy says: Jul 17, 2011 1:13 PM

    peester15 says:
    Jul 17, 2011 9:45 AM
    Rivers to Smith would be “deadly”

    Smith to IR would be “likely”

  26. jagerbolt says: Jul 17, 2011 1:40 PM

    AJ Smith has traded for vet recievers before (Keenan McCardell & Chris Chambers) but I don’t think this one will happen unless we lose Floyd and Smith is willing to restructure his contract and take a lot less money.

  27. jbcommonsense says: Jul 17, 2011 1:50 PM

    I’d love to see the Redskins get him. Maybe for McNabb? But we need a bunch of free agents before the Redskins can be called a SB contender. Maybe if San Diego gets Smith they will be willing to let the ‘Skins have Vincent Jackson. The right QB passing to Moss and VJ would put us in the playoffs again.

  28. deucedeuce13 says: Jul 17, 2011 2:12 PM

    I see it as wanting to be with an elite organization, mores then a contender. He’s on the downside of his career but could have a short rebirth with the right organization. He been in Carolina awhile he dosnt want to regret leaving so Baltimore and SD are safe choices that also are expected in the post season.

    @goawayeverybody to be honest I’d still rather have mason starting.

    He’s turning into what stover was. Past his prime but still so consistent. I wouldn’t mind having another vet around in case mason gets hurt. But he still needs to be able to stretch the field. I’d save money and cut boldin and re-sign TJ. Get stallworth again cheap. And give more throws to our 2 new young guys

  29. sdboltaction says: Jul 17, 2011 2:12 PM

    I see AJ taking a shot on Smith. I think it’ll happen.

  30. jcdurden88 says: Jul 17, 2011 2:47 PM

    Rivers to Smith, V-jax, Floyd & Gates! Damn watch out NFL!

  31. goforthanddie says: Jul 17, 2011 3:36 PM

    It kills me that players think they can dictate where they go while under contract. It’s even worse when owners give baby his bottle.
    Any player publicly saying he wants a trade to a specific destination should be shipped off to Cincinnati.

  32. wtfchiefs says: Jul 17, 2011 3:49 PM

    Steve “six games” Smith

  33. jmetzger5158 says: Jul 17, 2011 5:48 PM

    Perfect fit for smitty is pittsburgh. They need another threat at wr with ward growing old. Wallace takes top off defenses leaving smith to run free underneath a mis-match nightmare. Plus he physical and can block.

  34. rwjk says: Jul 17, 2011 5:57 PM

    he would look good in the purple and black with the dark visor catching 60 yard bombs from bazooka joe. hes coming to the charm city

  35. jkjohns says: Jul 17, 2011 7:03 PM

    @snnyjcbs

    You look like an idiot when you say the Chargers have been to 2 AFC Championships, when in reality they have been to 4 AFC Championships (and 1 Super Bowl loss). ..and who is Dan FOUST?

    Why even bother posting when you’re not even close to being accurate?

  36. fitnesssuccess says: Jul 17, 2011 7:40 PM

    While the Chargers don’t have a great past, every team that has won the Super Bowel had to Win it for the first time! Rivers is excellent, if they get Smith they will be a better team. As far as Rivers having trouble throwing to Smith because he prefers taller recievers, he throws to Darren Sproles and Mike Tolbert. I think Darren is 2 feet tall and Mike is 3 feet tall! If the whole team can play at a high level and play mistake free football, they can win it all!

  37. chrismatthewsucks says: Jul 17, 2011 9:05 PM

    Steve Smith deserves a ring, he is a special player!! He is like Gary Payton of Point guards, he needs to sign with like the patriots or even the punkass steelers and get a ring.

  38. ravensfan4life52 says: Jul 17, 2011 9:54 PM

    @deucedeuce13

    am i reading that right or did you say cut boldin? man you must be crazy.

  39. joetoronto says: Jul 18, 2011 6:16 AM

    If he sings with the Chargers, he’ll instantly be a pre-season Super Bowl champ.

  40. pdxbolt says: Jul 19, 2011 12:32 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jul 18, 2011 6:16 AM
    If he sings with the Chargers, he’ll instantly be a pre-season Super Bowl champ.

    *******************************************

    What song is he going to be singing? Blame Canada?

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