On Tuesday, players were allowed back onto team facilities and Carolina’s Steve Smith used it as an opportunity to clean out his locker at Bank of America Stadium.
According to his Rotoworld page:
Steve Smith 1.0 is one of the most dynamic receivers in the league. He can stretch the football field with his speed and can turn a short pass into a long touchdown run.
He does not fit the typical towering size of a Chargers receiver, standing at 5’9″ and 185 pounds. But he does fit the style of a Bolt receiver with his ability to open up the field and catch the deep ball. Norv Turner will always accept offensive weapons onto the team and will find ways to get them the ball.
Vincent Jackson is expected back next year, since the team slapped the franchise tag on him. There are some receivers that are in doubt to be Chargers next year with Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee entering free agency and Buster Davis probably getting cut. This would leave us with VJ, Patrick Crayton and Seyi Ajirotutu as our receivers. Crayton is a great offensive threat, but his best use is in the slot and Tutu is not ready to be a starter. It seems that there is spot in which we could use Mr. Smith.
A receiving unit of VJ, Steve Smith, Patrick Crayton, and Antonio Gates would be the best in the league with Philip Rivers tossing them the ball. What a RIDICULOUS offensive aerial attack we would have. This would open up the running lanes for Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert.
The Chargers could make a good trading partner with the Panthers since their current coach, Ron Rivera, was sitting on our coaching staff last year. I am sure we have some players on our roster that he would like to bring over and we also have a host of draft picks this season that we are still figuring out what we want to do with.
So, would AJ really make this move? Steve Smith is not exactly a character player that AJ likes to pat his back about, but neither was Patrick Crayton when we got him last year. AJ usually doesn’t bring in big names onto the roster, but then he made a move for Bob Sanders this off-season. AJ is under the gun and he may be just getting desperate enough to win that championship that he would make such a move. We are a couple of pieces away and creating an offense that resembles the St. Louis Rams “greatest show on turf” would be a step in the right direction. We can call it the “GREATEST SHOW ON SURF”.