Steve Smith wants to be a Bolt


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:

The Gaston Gazette’s Steve Reed confirms that Smith “does want out,” and that his preference is to play for the Chargers or Ravens.


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”.

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  • chargedup85

    Man I have spent days thinking about how nice it would be to have Mr. Smith playing for us I would be jacked if we were able to pick him up at a reasonable price. (love the picture of him BTW burning the broncos great subliminal message hope it works on AJ)

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      hahahahha… Smith is one of my favorite players in the league. Would love to see us try to get after him! he is just a ridiculously explosive offensive weapon!

    • http://jabbyburns.com Jabby Burns

      Smith would fit in perfectly, but Rivers only has enough seats in the old mini van to pick up one childlike receiver in VJack. That being said, Smith’s best days might be behind him and seems to always have nagging injuries. Sound familiar, MFloyd? @JabbyBurns

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  • smith 1.0

    he wants to be here. so let’s make it happen!

  • Free_style_81

    I love Steve smith… For a lil guy he plays big. Don’t care about age.. Make it happen AJ.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      we should be able to have him for a few years in which he can tear up the AFC west

  • lordJim54

    ….what a dream pick-up that would be!

  • lucas

    Now that would be interesting

  • Paul Maland

    I would be ecstatic about this! I was just saying not too long ago to a buddy how sweet it would be to have Steve Smith. Yes he is older, yes he has his fair share of injuries, but could you imagine what a physical and aggressive receiver could do with the gun of P.Rivers launching to him. I say let Floyd and Naanee hit the market and pick up Steve Smith on a short term deal. He wants to be a Charger meaning that he wont be too pushy on the price. After letting Floyd leave we can use the draft to get the size back into our receiver corps (Jonathon Baldwin). But yes, I would love me some Steve Smith in powder blue!

    • chargedup85

      If we let Floyd and legs leave we might get some more picks out of it and we would have a crazy receiving corps. I really hope we snag him!

      • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

        thats right. we probably would get extra draft picks out of those players by letting them walk. more floyd than legs..

  • Michelle

    Wow u dream REAL big huh? LMAO NEVER guna happen, they arent even gonna keep M80. Just b happy w/VJ + 85, thats MORE than enuf!

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      dream big or go home!

    • killacamron

      As a chargers fan we always want to go big, this would be one of The biggest free agent signings for the charters. We as charger fans can’t just settle and neither should aj smith you think like that you end up like many of the other teams.

  • Todd

    Certified playmaker.

  • Charger Greg

    Love this guy…Come on A.J…..

  • thegregone

    I would LOVE to see Steve Smith in San Diego opposite Vincent Jackson. Keep Floyd, let Nanee walk and with Gates that’s the most explosive receiver corps in the game with Tutu and Crayton coming off the bench. I say he’s made his choice known, make it happen!

  • http://n.a. Pete Dykstra

    Steve Smith is a great receiver,> a great fit for the Chargers. Get rid of Buster Davis.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      he would look good in blue and yellow! buster davis is probably gone with or without smith

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  • GK

    There is no Steve Sith 1.0
    There is only one Steve Smith…..89
    Bottom Line.

    Besides Sam Mills, PantherNations most beloved player. If we have to lose smitty I hope him the best of luck and will enjoy watching him play wherever he goes.

  • PanthersFan

    As a Panthers fan, I hate to see Smith leave, but I understand where he’s coming from: he wants to win. I would love to see him have the opportunity to do so in San Diego. And who better to throw him the ball than Philip Rivers? Who better to line up opposite him than Vincent Jackson? If I were SD, I’d keep Floyd and put Smith in the slot, but that’s just me.

    If SD trades for Smith, I think they win the Super Bowl, simple as that.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      now that is what we are talking about!!! smith puts us to a new level. we are already near the top and adding a talent like smith would be unreal!

      and this is from a panthers fan people! come on AJ lets make this happen

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