According to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette, four-time Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith discussed the possibility of being traded with team owner Jerry Richardson this past season, according to two league sources.
Whether or not the Panthers even consider that idea at the appropriate time remains to be seen.
While general manager Marty Hurney wouldn’t discuss any private conversations the Panthers have had with Smith or his agent, he did acknowledge the team’s star receiver is extremely frustrated.
“I think Steve is probably not unlike everybody in the building — he was not happy with 2-14,” Hurney said. “Different people handle frustrations in different ways, but I think it comes down to frustration. I think it comes down to, in the coming months, we have to make the right decisions that will instill that confidence in the people outside the building and inside the building. It’s all part of a process.”