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Steve Smith has no desire to retire, for now

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If the Panthers are hoping that veteran receiver Steve Smith will decide to call it quits if the team decides to move on without the 13-year veteran, the Panthers may need to hope for something else.

“Today?” Smith recently said to Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer.  “No, I’m not ready to not play today.”

That possibly means Smith would continue his career elsewhere, if Carolina G.M. Dave Gettlemen concludes that it’s time to move on.

“I’m not even going to think that far ahead,” Smith said.

He’d surely be tempted to play elsewhere, possibly for another team in Carolina’s division.  The magnitude of the offers he receives would surely be a factor, and there may not be much available, given that roughly 50 receivers are due to hit the market.

Smith, 33, presumably has a few more years left, if he chooses to play.  He’s also moving up the all-time lists; his 836 receptions are 25th in league history, his 12,197 receiving yards put him at 19th, and his 67 receiving touchdowns have him tied for 39th.

For now, his primary focus is the impending birth of his fourth child, a son who will take Smith’s name.  The veteran wideout has said he plans to add the “Sr.” to his jersey in 2014.

All that remains to be seen is whether that jersey will bear the colors of the Panthers, another team, or no team at all.

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28 Responses to “Steve Smith has no desire to retire, for now”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2014 5:18 PM

    Retirement has no desire for Smith, either. It likes to keep things low key you know, mellow. Peaceful and quiet.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 2, 2014 5:22 PM

    He’s a good clone of Santana Moss. #HTTR

  3. amebrah says: Mar 2, 2014 5:25 PM

    Steve Smith is the face of the Carolina Panthers. He was a Panther when Jake Delhomme was throwing to him, he was a panther when he-who-must-not-be-named was throwing to him (Read: Jimmy Clausen). He’s basically our entire offense (excluding Cam of course). But if somehow he doesn’t stay with us, i hope he goes to a team with a great shot at the SB next year, because damn, he deserves a ring.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2014 5:25 PM

    Steve wants to qualify for that “Senior”s discount one way or the other.

  5. bosb88 says: Mar 2, 2014 5:37 PM

    It’s too bad for Smith he has to play with a QB like Cam Newton. Carolina can thank their defense for everything they achieved in 2013. They will never take that next step with Newton under center.

  6. bucfanforlife says: Mar 2, 2014 5:38 PM

    the boys with last names that start with a b, in new england will be watching closely

  7. corkspop says: Mar 2, 2014 5:40 PM

    Hope Smith plays one more year, at least, for the Panthers. He’d be a good teacher for any rookie and he has a rapport with Cam that is clutch.

  8. dbones750 says: Mar 2, 2014 5:41 PM

    I hope the sr works out better than Titus’

  9. pantherfan40 says: Mar 2, 2014 5:41 PM

    gettleman better keep him ,

    hes the best wr we got, i got alot of respect for gettleman but getting rid of steve smith will lead us with just tavarres king and marvin mcnutt ……… keep smith

  10. azjam says: Mar 2, 2014 5:45 PM

    Steve Smith is one tough SOB. Would love to see him end his career with the Cardinals. They need a speedy wr to got with Fitz & Floyd.

  11. bosb88 says: Mar 2, 2014 5:53 PM

    People are delusional if they think Newton is going to lead the Panthers to a title.

  12. JSpicoli says: Mar 2, 2014 6:03 PM

    Eighty-nine

  13. tedmurph says: Mar 2, 2014 6:16 PM

    I agree with bucman. Could definitely see the Pats bringing him in.

  14. patsbrat says: Mar 2, 2014 6:22 PM

    Smith’s desire factor is off the charts. I hope he gets what he wants. He has earned it.

  15. noleitup says: Mar 2, 2014 6:43 PM

    I can see Tom Brady running around his house screaming like a little girl “were gonna get steve smith”

  16. bullethead527 says: Mar 2, 2014 8:11 PM

    “Ice Up Son, Ice Up”

  17. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 2, 2014 8:17 PM

    He is close he’s a crafty vet like Boldin but production has dropped and so comes injuries .

  18. harrisryguy says: Mar 2, 2014 8:54 PM

    Steve is a psycho. If Carolina was dumb enough to cut him, he would immediately offer his services to the other NFC south teams just to stick it CAR.

  19. qdog112 says: Mar 2, 2014 9:01 PM

    I’ve been first to criticize Smitty for his extracurricular activities, but he is, without a doubt, the best to ever don a Panthers’ uniform.

    I am not the only Panthers fan who dislikes the way he and others are being treated. Slurp all you want, Gettleman is playing with nitroglycerin. The message has been sent, loud and clear. If he can disrespect Smitty, player #53 and the practice squad have no chance.

  20. billybone says: Mar 2, 2014 9:17 PM

    My opinion doesn’t mean a thing but out of all the receivers in the league I respect Smith the most and I’m not a Panthers homer. He is a smaller guy, but always plays with a chip and continues to be a threat. Smith has some good years left and hopefully can leave Carolina on his terms.

  21. wayneflores says: Mar 2, 2014 9:20 PM

    The Raiders will take him in a second. But of course McKenzie only signs NFL rejects or arena league talent.

  22. dirtysouthniner says: Mar 2, 2014 9:44 PM

    Yup,u guys should keep him,he’d be loved in sf though

  23. pantherpro says: Mar 2, 2014 10:12 PM

    Steve.

    Stay for the Super Bowl trophy next year!

  24. gman6679 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:31 AM

    He should visit the Chargers…

  25. jgedgar70 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:03 AM

    I really don’t think Gettleman is dumb enough to get rid of all 4 of our best WRs (Smth, Ginn, LaFell, Hixon). No matter what you think of him, he’s not that stupid. I still think he’s letting Smith hang in the breeze to get Smith to think Gettleman doesn’t respect him, and that Smith would use that perceived slight to have a monster year in 2014. Thats how Smith rolls.

    LaFell and Hixon can go for all I care. Smith is under contract for ’14. Re-sign Ginn and get some WR depth in the draft.

  26. darkknyte12 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:08 AM

    It’s obvious Gettleman wants Smitty gone there are a lot of WRs available in FA this season he probably feels like they can get someone just as good as Smitty and coming into their prime.

  27. burtmurphy1 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:27 AM

    He will be a falcon next year, mark my words.

    Treated like crap by the front office, he will look to play for a team he can stick it to twice a year. Maybe he plays for the saints.

    Not the Bucs. They have a joke of a QB.

  28. raiderufan says: Mar 3, 2014 8:34 AM

    The Patriots make so much sense for him it’s not even funny.

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