Panthers Coach Rivera Says Not a Sure Thing Steve Smith Won’t Be Back

Disgruntled Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith did not attend the Panthers organized practices. Smith reportedly has asked the Panthers for a trade and for most believe he will be moved after the lockout ends.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, “It’s not a foregone conclusion” the Panthers will move wide receiver Smith, who is signed through the 2012 season. He said their conversation prior to the lockout left Rivera uncertain about Smith’s intentions.

“We had a great conversation. He was honest. He was forthright,” Rivera said. “He did kind of leave me at a point where I was wondering exactly where does he want to go with this? I will wait until we sit down and talk when the time comes.”

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