Steve Smith has no desire to retire, for now

AP

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.

28 responses to “Steve Smith has no desire to retire, for now

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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