If Steve Smith is Available, Chargers Could Come Into Play

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Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) celebrates a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

There seems to be some trouble in Carolina between Steve Smith and the front office. The front office is trying to figure out what to do with Smith this offseason. His future is up in the air with the team.

Last week, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was talking about Steve Smith and didn’t commit to keeping him around for next season. He had these comments to say about him:

“Steve’s had a great career,” Gettleman said, “and the bottom line is, it’s part of the evaluation process.”

Smith responded back on the radio with these comments:

“(I) would have wished that I would have been afforded the opportunity to be given a heads up by our GM and also with coach Rivera,” Smith told WBT-AM in Charlotte. “When I did my exit meeting, no one spoke to me about it in that manner, so the unfortunate part of it is I had to hear second hand.”

Steve Smith does not plan on retiring, so if the Panthers are going to move on, they will need to find a way to cut ties with him. They are going to have to find a way to release him off of the roster and avoid a hit to their salary cap. Smith is owed a big salary and the contract doesn’t run out till 2016. I don’t know who is going to run and make a trade for that type of contract. The Panthers would have to just cut him off of the roster if they are ready to move on.

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  • rell dogg

    I think we should go after Steve smith havin him Allen royal and gates would be trouble for opposing defenses

    • savageHECKLER

      Ladrius Green will be a monster next year too.

    • lilHurricane

      well the gates and smith maybe 4 years ago it would of been deadly not now

      • arnie

        How? 4 years ago they were both virtually playing by themselves and still getting done. The problem is the same. Both can still play, not like they used to, but if you leave either one alone in single coverage….they. will. kill. you.
        Now, other teams have Royal, Allen, Green, Woodhead, and Mathews to think about also. Who gets covered? They all can catch….

        • lilHurricane

          3 years for smith and 5 years for Gates. When have you seen Rivers throw a 40 yard pass to Eddie? cause hes our only small, speed threat like steve smith yea none .. Need a big WR

          • arnie

            I would disagree with that, but it made no sense.
            Context. Royal is slot receiver. Smith is Wide out. these positions have two different functions. And Smith has excelled. So the comparisons do not fly. Now if you had said DX or Floyd, Smith is still better than them both, despite his size. Unless your saying rivers can only throw to a big WR? Then i would disagree.
            The point still remains BOTH Gates and Smith demand double teams, today, just as they did four or five years ago. Having BOTH on the same team, logic dictates “you cannot double both of them, and not get burnt by someone else on the offense.”

          • lilHurricane

            Sorry. If the play is for a deep pass Rivers can only throw to tall WR. Its been proven through the years. Good thing about Smith is he can catch a 10 yard in pass and take it 40 yards up field. My opinion I still want to see what VB has, so you dont want to get a player like Steve Smith and completely kick Brown to the curb. Atleast get a draft pick and have them compete.

            Eddie Royle contract is up after this year, so the question is do we give Vincent Brown another chance? or get a Steve Smith which he probably will get one year contracts not muti years.

            Got to think 2 years down the line meaning if a player is only going to help you out for one year then he should not be the guy..

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I like it, he doesn’t score alot of TD’s but he makes alot of tough catches. I’d like it on a one or two year deal

  • savageHECKLER

    For the right price he’d be a nice fit. I think free agent WR’s pay will suffer because of the plethora of WR going in the draft, which is positive for the Bolts.

  • bolt up!

    I would definitely love to pick up smith if he is available

  • Nick Mansoor

    I don’t care how old Steve Smith is. He plays with HEART, every week, every down. And I love that about him. He can BALL. I would love to have him on this roster. It would eliminate the need of a deep threat opposite of Keenan Allen. Of course, he has to come at the right price though.

    • lilHurricane

      trying to get younger not older

      • Nick Mansoor

        Sometimes older is better, Keenan Allen, Ladarius Green and even Vincent Brown could ALL benefit from Steve Smiths experience. I would sign him for a year or two on the cheap if he will take it. He would serve as a great wideout and an excellent mentor to our recieveing corps. Defenses would be on their heels with that kind of weapon!

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          I agree. And along with heart I think he’ll light a little fire underneath some of the players. He could be that loose cannon to get people fired up…other than Rivers obviously.

        • lilHurricane

          i just cant see smith wearing a chargers jersey.

          • arnie

            I can…

      • boltingindiego

        while he might be on the older side he can still play and still has speed. If the contracts right then i say yes sign him.

  • tubbs45

    He would add some serious attitude to our WR core. I worry about him not being the best mentor for Allen, but hell I love to see him out there fighting for the blue and gold…

  • Rob Base

    Do it! I said do it… For sure at right price he’s still a baller!

  • tbell11

    After the Chargers get a NT and a CB I’m all for it in signing Steve Smith to an inexpensive 2 year deal.

  • Preston Niedert

    I was just thinking about this the other day. Steve smith to chargers is a win win for both side smith gets to keep playing and the chargers get a WR at of it I say get a deal done.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Wouldn’t mind at all seeing him in Lightning Bolts!

  • Conor Cahill

    Steve Smith actually wanted to come to san diego last offeseason…

    • Derek

      I can see it if panthers let him go.

  • Derek

    After the way he took talib to school n told him to “ice up son” yeah we deff need that even though rivers likes bigger wr’s.

  • arnie

    Let’s see? A great veteran receiver. That can still play and another team would pick up the tab if they cut him? yeah he’s worth a look.

  • C.Steele

    Not worth debating. We wont have the $$$ to sign him..

  • Aaron Johnson

    Dude caught a ball, broke his arm, scored a TD. Hell yeah I want to see that guy here. Im a fan boy for Smith though. One of the toughest receivers ever.

  • Bill Nichols

    Dude…… Smith would make us unstoppable in the pass game, and have you seen this dude blocking downfield? He is simply a beast and refuses to play soft, or take off plays. I say, even if we had to dig a little bit, pay the man to wear some bolts………