Chargers Watching the Steve Smith Situation Closely

There’s three teams that seem to be in the hunt for unhappy Panthers WR Steve Smith – the Raiders, Jets and Chargers. San Diego could use Smith as a replacement for an unhappy WR of their own – Vincent Jackson, who sat out over half the season due to not getting a new deal.

GM A.J. Smith said in the San Diego Union-Tribune that the team is looking at the Smith situation closely, and seeing exactly what the Panthers are going to want if they don’t flat out release Smith.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith’s oft-cited commitment to the value of character does not rule out the team pursuing wide receiver Steve Smith. The Carolina Panthers star is reportedly unhappy in Carolina — even to the point of cleaning out his locker, putting his house on the market and letting it be known that he would like a trade to the Chargers, Oakland Raiders or Baltimore Ravens.

The Panther are known to want to part ways with the receiver, who has three times been named an All-Pro but was also suspended two games by Carolina for a training camp altercation with a teammate in 2008. The Chargers’ interest, according to people with knowledge of the situation, can be characterized as monitoring and wait-and-see. The Chargers landing Smith could be a product of his wanting to play in a good offense, close to his Lynwood, Calif., birthplace coupled with the team’s need for a top-flight receiver.

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