Torrey Smith remains with Panthers

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Torrey Smith will spend another season in Carolina.

The Panthers exercised their option on Smith and he will be back for the 2019 season, a league source tells PFT.

A nine-year veteran wide receiver, Smith had a career-worst season in 2018, catching just 17 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He may have lost a step, but the Panthers still think the 30-year-old Smith can contribute something to their offense.

Smith is in the third and final season of a three-year, $15 million contract he signed with the Eagles in 2017. The Panthers acquired that contract when they traded cornerback Daryl Worley to the Eagles in exchange for Smith last year. Smith will make a base salary of $5 million this year.

12 responses to “Torrey Smith remains with Panthers

  1. This guy has stretched a career based on a couple of decent seasons. Why in heaven’s name would a team spend 5 Mil on him when they could be developing young talent? I don’t get it (but then again, I didn’t understand the rush to sign Eric Reid when everyone knew there would be a glut of more talented Safeties without off the field drama). This team is going sideways

  2. Not worth that money. They have good young fast receivers. 5mil for less than 20 yds a game? You don’t need to pay that much for “veteran leadership” Offer him a coaching job if you cut him, but we need cap space to take care of OL and DL and safety needs. Surely you can replace that production for half the money.

  3. Man I don’t get it. 5 million for a guy that’s long in the tooth and will probably be 3rd (at best) on the wr depth chart and 5th or 6th option in the passing game.

  4. I didn’t even know he was with the Panthers, anyway — kind of like his career with my 49ers, where we didn’t know he was there the entire time he played.

  5. He was hurt last year. I’m betting they’re hoping he can be a competent veteran option across from DJ Moore if he’s healthy this season. 5 million actually isn’t a lot versus what you would have to pay a quality veteran free agent. Plus that person then has to learn your system and get acquainted with cams style of play

    A good move in my opinion if Torrey can stay healthy

  6. I love the armchair GMs that know better than the guys that get paid to do the job. I might as well try to be one of those also. I feel Smith is being signed to mentor the very young receiving core that the Panthers have. Say what you want about coaches, a fellow player has more impact than the coaches do when it comes to work ethic and effort. I think Smith will be there for camp and then cut on cut down day with no penalty to the Panthers cap.

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