Steve Smith says Panthers don’t need Plaxico

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Plaxico Burress says he wants to play with the Panthers, but the team’s No. 1 receiver says there are no job openings in Carolina.

Steve Smith said on NFL Network’s Total Access that he doesn’t see how Burress could fit on the Panthers’ depth chart, which Smith believes already has the right mix of veterans and youngsters. Smith also said he supports coach Ron Rivera’s effort to build the team primarily through bringing in young talent, rather than aging stars.

“We’ve filled our chairs in the receivers room with already a lot of guys – young and older guys,” Smith said. “To bring in Plax [and] to let one of those guys go it wouldn’t be the coach Rivera way. The guys that are in there, they earned those chairs for right now and allowed them to go through training camp.”

Smith said he thinks highly of Burress and thinks it’s possible that Burress could help the Panthers if they lose receivers to injury, but at the moment Smith believes the Panthers have all the receivers they need, and adding Burress could stunt the growth of younger players.

“We have some guys that are trying to make their way into the starting lineup and have a bigger role,” Smith said. “Adding a guy like that would take away some of their development so I don’t really agree with it. Carolina has already come out and said they’re not interested right now, but he’s an exceptional wide receiver and can help a team. I just don’t think it’s the right fit for us right now.”

And it still remains to be seen whether any team thinks Burress is the right fit for its locker room.

35 responses to “Steve Smith says Panthers don’t need Plaxico

  1. Brandon LeFell and David Gettis are breakout candidates. Though neither are probably ever gonna be #1 WR’s, but at this point Plax isn’t either.

  2. In other words, “there is room for only 1 immature diva around here and I already fill dat role”.

  3. While the thought of Plax reaching up to snare a pass on an end zone fade route is nice, Steve is dead on. My Panthers are trying to build something long term and developing our crop of receivers is key. LaFell is on pace for a nice season and we need to see what Gettis has. I lOve the way Rivera and Hurney are going abOut building this team.

  4. I can see it now- Coming soon… this Fall “The T-Plaxo unemployed show” get your popcorn! Or maybe they’ll be selling popcorn come September.

  5. what could have been: after being a main cog in the giants championship run of 07, plax helps the giants repeat in 08; he remains an integral part of the giants offense for the next two years; in 2011 he settles into the role of 4th receiver/red-zone specialist and wins a 3rd ring. in 2012, after having had a great personal career and winning three titles, plax retires as an all-time giants great

    BUT INSTEAD….plax just HAD to go to the club that night.

  6. That headline is misleading. Making it out like Smith disrespected Burris. Smith was very respectable to Plax in that interview.

  7. He’s exactly right. They went the big-name veteran WR route a few years ago with Keyshawn Johnson and forgot to develop any young receivers. Steve Smith has grown into a strong leader and excellent teammate.

  8. Obviously, “the real” Steve Smith I is not concerned that Plax will retaliate by shooting himself in the leg.

  9. I remember being at the Panthers game when they played my Ravens in ’10. The Panthers only highlights of the game were a couple of long runs by Mike Goodson and LaFell catching a bomb and beating Josh Wilson, who usually was excellent that season in coverage. LaFell has the speed and size to be a very good number 2. Receiver opposite Smith. Having Cam Newton as your QB only helps, wouldn’t be surpised if LaFell breaks out this year.

  10. Love this guy. The Ray Lewis of receivers.
    If he had consistent QB play his whole career he’d be a Lock for the HOF too. Best panther ever ? Besides Sam Mills ?

  11. thepunkyqb says:Jun 21, 2012 10:18 PM

    Steve Smith is a beast.

    You are correct. The players on his own team he beat the hell out of will confirm.

    Besides Plax would steal attention and we know steve has to have the attention

  12. Steve Smith, classy guy?! Is everyone high? Ask Ken Lucas about Smiths class. What was that he said to Delhomme again? “I like you as a man but you’re garbage as a QB,” or something close? Classy guys always tell their co-workers in ruts that they suck.


  13. If we wanted another vet WR we would of gone after moss when he was available and if we had a WR need so bad we would of traded down and got Floyd clearly they like the group we have and I trust our coaches to make the right decision. Go panthers!!

  14. Hook a brotha up man. Burress is out of prison, broke and soon to be unemployed with a family to feed. Don’t diss him bro. Smith could have kept quiet or supported him.

  15. jeffw says: Jun 21, 2012 9:43 PM

    In other words, “there is room for only 1 immature diva around here and I already fill dat role”.


    The term “diva receiver” is getting used too loosely nowadays. Just because a player had one or two little incidents doesn’t make them a “diva”. And I’m willing to bet the Panthers wouldn’t trade this “diva” for the world. Much respect to Smith and I’m no even a Carolina fan.

  16. Burris will catch on somewhere, Injuries usually have teams searching for receivers by week 3. He is a great redzone threat, just a pain in the arse.

  17. Well I agree with wat smith been saying… I actually was preaching this before the draft the faith we need to.have lafell nd gettis… Butttt sorry to say but I’m hoping tutu gets hurt in training… Idk bout him… And plaxico I’m sure will not hurt

  18. Plax is not good for the locker room. He definitely fueled the Santonio Holmes/Sanchez situation. Just listen how he still chats on the radio. Of course he wants to play for Carolina, no one else wants him.

    It’s Plax being Plax.

  19. I hoped my man saved some of that Jets money cause it aint looking good for him right now. That being said the Browns, Dolphins, Rams, Colts, Bengals and a half a dozen other teams could use a guy that has great hands and catches TD passes (especially in the red zone-with is crucial). The guy got released from a 2 year prison stint and caught 6 TD’s last year for christ sakes. Guaranteed he plays and probably starts for an NFL team in 2012.

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