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Agent says Steve Smith won’t be back in Carolina

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Of the Panthers’ various options for receiver Steve Smith, keeping him won’t be the one that’s selected.

Smith’s agent, Derrick Fox, tells Steve Reed of the Associated Press that Smith will have a new home in 2014.

“[Steve] is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that,” Fox said.  “I just don’t know when that transaction is going to take place.”

If the Panthers cut Smith, they’ll owe him $3 million in fully-guaranteed base salary, with no offset clause.  It means that he can sign with another team, keep that team’s money, and keep Carolina’s $3 million.

A trade would send that obligation to a new team, clearing the Panthers of any financial obligations.  But a new team has no reason to pay $7 million for Smith.  A new team would be more inclined to wait for Smith to be released and sign him on the open market.

The contract that gives Smith plenty of leverage and the Panthers few desirable choices was signed in 2012.  It was supposedly Smith’s retirement deal.

“Where we are disappointed is the fact he signed an extension to stay loyal to the club and complete his career as a Panther,” Fox said.  “That is why we did the long-term team deal.  Now we are at a crossroads where the Panthers don’t want him anymore.”

The next question is whether someone else does.  It’s safe to assume the answer is yes.

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58 Responses to “Agent says Steve Smith won’t be back in Carolina”
  1. andreboy1 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    Fairwell, my fair lady!

  2. djcologne says: Mar 12, 2014 1:28 PM

    Master of the Obvious!

  3. bucsmightbegood says: Mar 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    Come to Tampa, and join Lovie.

    We would love to have you, and you would get to beat up on the Panthers twice a year.

    “Ice up, son!”

  4. bucrightoff says: Mar 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    He should punch a few teammates in the face on his way out

  5. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    Patriots make the most sense.

    I know there was word of interest in SS a few years back.

  6. deathonwings410 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    Welcome to Baltimore.

  7. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 1:31 PM

    He’s going to the Seahawks. Write it down and run it around town.

  8. whooligun says: Mar 12, 2014 1:31 PM

    The Lions need to sign Steve Smith & draft Mike Evans. Receiving woes fixed.

  9. Shinnbone says: Mar 12, 2014 1:32 PM

    In other huge new today the Vikings signed the Golden Gophers ball boy to a 10 yr contract. Those sneaky Vikings…..

  10. thepftpoet says: Mar 12, 2014 1:33 PM

    Minnesota Vikings don’t want you.

    We already have unlimited talent with Patterson and Jennings.

    We have the best receiving core in the NFL

  11. jchipwood says: Mar 12, 2014 1:34 PM

    Hope he goes somehwere in the AFC West so he can play against Talib twice a year.

  12. ProDolphinsTalk says: Mar 12, 2014 1:35 PM

    Dolphins could use some of that fire and passion on offense.

  13. siggtacular says: Mar 12, 2014 1:35 PM

    Ozzie go get this guy

  14. ravenskid52752 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:36 PM

    Ravens. He said he has interest in coming here so. Ravens lol.

  15. hoopieguy says: Mar 12, 2014 1:36 PM

    He’ll be like Bouldin; good, not great. He’ll give a couple of solid years to some team that will over-pay for him.

  16. theneedforspeeed says: Mar 12, 2014 1:36 PM

    So Fox is disappointed that SS doesn’t want to retire when the TEAM thinks he should?
    That quote makes no sense to me.

  17. thebirdsareback says: Mar 12, 2014 1:37 PM

    Flaccid new Derrick Mason

  18. thebirdsareback says: Mar 12, 2014 1:37 PM

    Flaccos new Derrick Mason

  19. coltzfan166 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:38 PM

    This is the team where Eric Decker is going.

  20. qdog112 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:38 PM

    With $3 million in his pocket, Steve might decide to become an analyst and Gettleman on blast for the dismantling of a 12-4 playoff team.

    If he chooses to play, he has numerous options, least of which is Denver, where coach Fox loves him. He could also stay in the NFCS with the Saints or the Bucs.

  21. chargersdiehard says: Mar 12, 2014 1:39 PM

    He’s coming to San Diego!

  22. jolink653 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:40 PM

    I’ve always loved what Steve Smith brings to the field. Maybe the Patriots could find a way to bring him in if the price isn’t too high

  23. chaseutley says: Mar 12, 2014 1:41 PM

    It’d be funny if he wound up across from Aqib Talib at practice, everyday.

  24. believeland2014 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:42 PM

    It would be hilarious if ends up on an nfc west team and have to face Janoris Jenkins twice a year.

  25. breakingb says: Mar 12, 2014 1:43 PM

    Makes me wonder if SS would want to stay in the NFCS, just to play against the Panthers.

  26. jgedgar70 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:43 PM

    DG’s plan had better be a damn good one. Nothing he has done since our last game has made an ounce of sense except extending Rivera. C’MON, MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 12, 2014 1:44 PM

    I like Wooligun’s idea. The Lions. No team needs a disciplined, hard working, fierce player, more than the sloppy Lions.

    A couple of guys like Smith could really improve that culture.

  28. btintampa says: Mar 12, 2014 1:45 PM

    I was watching a Bucs-Panthers game in 2003-2004 time frame when Steve Smith was chainsawed by the Bucs secondary as he came across the middle. I wondered whether he would return during the season. He returned in the second half. I have had the utmost respect every since. Come to Tampa and pull the same stunt against the Panthers.

  29. jeremy84848 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:47 PM

    It’s astounding how badly the Panthers have botched this situation. It’s difficult for fans of other teams to appreciate, but Smith has defined the Panthers since the early 2000’s. His treatment by the new GM has been disgraceful.

  30. krispc says: Mar 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    for 3 mil come to dallas and give us the best receiving corp in the NFL.

  31. tcostant says: Mar 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    Smith was pure class. Are they going to fine a better WR for $4M ($7M less the $3 they have to pay anyway)?

    Seems stupid.

  32. 12thmanseattle says: Mar 12, 2014 1:49 PM

    I hate to say this because he is right up there with Mike Vick and Big Ben as my least favorite players, but I honestly see Seattle making a play for him.

  33. jimbo75025 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    Somewhere out there, Cam Newton is crying into his towel

  34. bengcolt says: Mar 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    I’d love to see him become a Bengal…. lord knows we are known for taking the criminal / punks of the league. Whether it works or not who knows… itd be slick with him opposite of AJ Green….but we have a QB plague so .

  35. ninetysixer says: Mar 12, 2014 1:52 PM

    he would be a disaster for the Ravens, no thanks

  36. steelerben says: Mar 12, 2014 1:54 PM

    Steve Smith to the Ravens makes a lot of sense. He’d be able to be the physical, possession receiver they didn’t have last season after letting Boldin go. The Rams might make sense, the Browns seem to be trying to sign everyone, the Broncos if they can get him cheap, or the Patriots to replace Edelmen in the slot.

    I’d like to see the Steelers grab him to fill the Hines Ward void, but I think the Steelers roster is old enough as it is.

  37. theclink12 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:54 PM

    I would love to see him in Seattle…his physical style is a perfect fit.

    “Ice up, son”

  38. bennyb82 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    I understand why Carolina would want to move on from Smith because of his age and salary, but this team has no above average receiving threat. Carolina had a great season last year and am a little surprised that they are not aiming for some short term continuity on offense. They are going to regress if they don’t have a number 1 receiver…and if they do happen to sign one there will be no familiarity with the QB and offense. Carolina probably should have kept Smith while adding more wideouts…

  39. kdub69 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:57 PM

    Too bad for Carolina. Likely will end up in New England or Seattle.

  40. glmore says: Mar 12, 2014 1:59 PM

    Smitty would be an incredible slot receiver at this point in his career…he is stronger and faster than Welker. It’s a shame that Carolina has not been able to find a receiver after all these years; Drew Carter, Keary Colbert, Dwayne Jarrett, Brandon LaFell, David Gettis, Armani Edwards……it’s absolutely ridiculous that the scouting staff can’t find anyone after all these years!

  41. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2014 2:01 PM

    I cannot believe the Panthers are jettisoning Smith, especially considering the rest of their receivers.

    Not a smart move.

  42. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 2:01 PM

    Sounds like the Panthers just need a better navigator so they don’t get stuck turning into a dead end. Somebody that knows how to conjure up thoughtful plans would be a great choice.

  43. bigggbag says: Mar 12, 2014 2:03 PM

    Come to Miami and win a SUPER BOWL!!

  44. sumkat says: Mar 12, 2014 2:06 PM

    I’d take him, just not on that contract

    I’d take him on say, 3.5 mil, with 2.5 incentives for a max of 6 mil

  45. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    Ice up Son 4-EVA.

  46. wayneflores says: Mar 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    Panthers are stupid, they still have to pay. Easier to have kept him. Just like the Raiders did with Carson Palmer.
    Owed him 13 million, ended up having to pay 10 million last year, while he played for Cardinals, then brought in Matt Fylnn, paid him 6.5 million (guarteed money), played 1 game and was cut. But McKenzie has proven since they gave him the big chair, that the chair is just too big for him.
    That’s why He would screw up any possibly of bringing Smith to Oakland. Smith would bring veteran experience and much needed receiver help to the team, and once cut, the Panthers would be on the hook for some of his salary.
    But talent is not on McKenzie radar, just filling roster spots with Green Bay rejects, or China Dolls, whose claim to fame is the I-R list.

  47. cbosa says: Mar 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    I have a feeling he is going to Denver to reunite with John Fox and try to win a Super Bowl. He will be the receiver that will take over Deckers spot

  48. thelegendofkikoalonso says: Mar 12, 2014 2:13 PM

    What a bunch of idiots! Cam newton can’t be happy about having his only wr treated with such disrespect. Take your free 3 million from the kittens and go to a contender as a slot/ 2nd wideout.

  49. pantherpro says: Mar 12, 2014 2:18 PM

    Jerry…….. Where is your heart?

  50. goodguyattorney says: Mar 12, 2014 2:19 PM

    Good Gawd the Panthers botched this. Smitty has been clamoring for the past 2-3 years for a reduced role. Get another wideout he said. Move me to slot he said. He was (is) a team player. He gave it all to the team and was loyal to a fault (he could have left three years ago and gotten more money). He signed the last deal to retire here. This would have likely been his last year. Now we have a bunch of low rent receivers and are about to lose LaFell as the only next option. What part of this move makes sense? He may want to go the and NFC South team just to come back and torch the Panthers – and he’d get a five minute standing O if he did. Just really dumb.

  51. bullethead527 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:21 PM

    I feel like my heart is being ripped out of my chest right now!

    Steve Smith is the greatest Player to ever where a Panther uniform

  52. ianwetpantscom says: Mar 12, 2014 2:24 PM



  53. pettytom says: Mar 12, 2014 2:25 PM

    I love the way the Panthers are handling the offseason! After a 12-4 season you lose your FS, multiple WR’s, multiple O-Lineman, and maybe your best CB. Looks like a battle in the division for last place between the Bucs, Panthers, and Falcons.

  54. anygivensundayfan says: Mar 12, 2014 2:27 PM

    Such a bad look, Panthers, to disrespect a franchise player like this.

    His brash, in-your-place playing style would make the Seahawks a intriguing fit. Imagining him lining up across from Sherm in practice every day makes me grin like crazy. And playing alongside our beloved Angry Doug Baldwin, perfection.

  55. ninthwardfriend says: Mar 12, 2014 2:34 PM

    Little Man, Big Diva

  56. dirtydrew says: Mar 12, 2014 3:24 PM

    The 49ers could use a great player like Steve Smith.

  57. jgedgar70 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:10 PM

    Well, now that it looks like Golden Tate is going to Detroit, I would expect Seattle to go after Smith hard. No disrespect intended to Tate, but that’s an upgrade. Smith would fit in just great in that locker room. It would be interesting to watch him interact with Pete Carroll, after spending his entire career with statues for coaches (George Siefort, John Fox, Ron Rivera).

    Just as long as he stays out of the NFC South…

  58. rajbais says: Mar 12, 2014 5:31 PM

    Playoff teams from 2013 out in 2014, Carolina!

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