Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports wide receiver Steve Smith went to Panthers’ management before the lockout to express his displeasure following a couple of frustrating seasons for the four-time Pro Bowler. Smith said recently he wants to play for a team committed to winning immediately, but would not say whether the Panthers were such a team.
At 32, Smith remains a big-play threat who could thrive in Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski’s stretch-the-field system. But an unhappy Smith working with a first-year coach and quarterback might be more headache than it’s worth.
The Panthers will try to get a proven player in return for Smith, who is due about $15million over the next two years. But a third-round pick might be enough to pull the trigger.