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Steve Smith, Panthers expect to finalize new contract today

Steve Smith,  Johnathan Joseph AP

A year ago, there were reports that Panthers receiver Steve Smith was so unhappy with the team that he’d demand a trade and never play another down in Carolina. Instead, Smith had one of his best seasons in 2011, and now he’s poised to reach a new deal that could keep him with the franchise for another three years.

Smith and the Panthers are deep enough in contract talks that they should finalize a new three-year contract extension today, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports.

The financial details haven’t been reported, but the deal would likely give Smith a significant signing bonus and significantly cut his base salary, which would reduce some of the cap pressure on the Panthers. As of March 30, Carolina was dead last in the league in cap space, with less than $1 million available.

Last season Smith showed no signs of aging, instead looking rejuvenated playing alongside Cam Newton, starting all 16 games and catching 79 passes for 1,394 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith will turn 33 next month, so a three-year contract extension could cover the final three seasons of his career.

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19 Responses to “Steve Smith, Panthers expect to finalize new contract today”
  1. nolahxc says: Apr 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    Steve Smith is one of my favorite players. Good for him!

  2. ajknox88 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:58 AM

    Smart move by signing a 3 year deal for Smith. Playing with Cam will cover up a lot of the aging and physical decline he is going to experience over the next couple of years and probably no drop off in production as Cam gets better and better.

  3. sbh1cats says: Apr 10, 2012 8:59 AM

    Smitty said wherever he signed would be for the rest of his career. His son is beginning high school and he will not move in the middle of that. So, Go Panthers!

  4. pilot2011 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    HOF

  5. jgedgar70 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    Excuse me while I fall on my knees and rejoyce. This is the best possible news.

    Smith has said in local radio that he was seeking 4 years with his next contract so his son could be in only 1 high school. Thank God those 4 years will be here.

    Now if we could only find a #2 WR that is worth a crap, Smith would get 2,000 receiving yards next year.

  6. bryancroley says: Apr 10, 2012 9:04 AM

    Its amazing that a year ago everyone thought he was done with the panthers. All it took was good quarterback to play to make him happy and hopefully a panther for the remainder of his career. He may be a hot head and have a history of not being the beat teammate, but there are few in the league that can match his intensity every sunday.

  7. r0b1b0y says: Apr 10, 2012 9:09 AM

    come on guys, you’re slipping…..why not use the pic of Harper hitting him late after the TD trying to collect bounty money

  8. southcakpanther says: Apr 10, 2012 9:11 AM

    Congrats Steve!! Glad you will get to retire a Panther.

  9. kingbeason52 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:12 AM

    YESS!! I thought he was gone last year…he has seen though that out side of 5-6 other quaterbacks in the league he has a top 10 qb throwing him the ball!! I hope to see him retire in blue and black!

  10. tatatoothy says: Apr 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    To celebrate, Steve plans on breaking DeAngelo’s jaw

  11. papazoid says: Apr 10, 2012 9:28 AM

    89 ….bottom line.

  12. rdawg911 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:31 AM

    Why he is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Megatron, Fitz, and Andre Johnson baffles me. Pound for pound, one of the best players in the game, and after 3 seasons with Cam, a sure hall of famer.

  13. teamobijuan says: Apr 10, 2012 9:38 AM

    The Rules and Regulations of the Game.

    89

  14. aces79 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:00 AM

    Pay the man he is a Beast Unleashed on the field

  15. saintsfan1111 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:04 AM

    He’s a punk.

  16. CKL says: Apr 10, 2012 10:18 AM

    sbh1cats says: Apr 10, 2012 8:59 AM

    Smitty said wherever he signed would be for the rest of his career. His son is beginning high school and he will not move in the middle of that. So, Go Panthers!
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    Wow, hard to believe he has a son in HS already.

    Not only does he have a young QB with a live arm but he also has an offense he seems to love playing in.

  17. pilot2011 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:58 AM

    Rodney Peete, Jake Delhomme, Chris Weinke, David Carr, Vinny Testaverde, Matt Moore, Brian St. Pierre, Jimmy Clausen… Cam Newton

    The list of quarterbacks that have thrown to 89 over his career. It is remarkable what Steve Smith has been able to do. And don’t forget he played for the John Fox run first offense for 95% of his career.

    I’m sorry I ever doubted you.

    Love,
    Roman Harper.

  18. loyalpanthersfan says: Apr 10, 2012 11:12 AM

    I remember when everyone was calling the Panthers Steve Smith the “beyond his prime Smith” n the ex-giant, ex-eagle, current Ram WR Steve Smith the “better n more productive Steve Smith” I wonder what they are thinking now…

  19. godofwine330 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:55 AM

    Steve Smith is a ballsy little guy with a true “refuse to lose” mentality. The only thing that could hold him back is poor QB play which was evident the past few seasons. Now that he has a talented QB he is rejuvenated.

    I wish him nothing but the best. 6 thousand yard seasons equals Hines Ward and he could have had 1000 yards in 2009 if he hadn’t broken his hand in week 15 (982 yards). He has never been scared to go across the middle. Never had alligator arms. He has never given his team not the league any reason to doubt his ability or his toughness. HOF? I don’t know, but a couple of more seasons like the one he just had and he will definitely get more consideration.

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