NFL Trade Rumors: Carolina's Steve Smith Mum on What His Future Holds
Smith Could Be Traded, Cut, Or Stay In Carolina
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith did an interview recently where he took the high road on his feelings about his current situation with the Panthers and his future in the NFL.
Smith long has been rumored to be disgruntled and to want out of Carolina despite having a new coach in Ron Rivera and a new starting quarterback in Cam Newton.
"First of all, have I demanded a trade? I have not demanded a trade. What I have asked for is to be in a competitive situation. I sat down with Marty a lot of times prior to the lockout. I am respected as a veteran amongst the players as well as the front office. So there has been dialogue (about his future in Carolina) prior to the lockout."
Whatever happens with Smith, he is a good wide receiver.
The Panthers are a team in transition and the front office has to determine if Smith is a part of the team's vision for the future. Cam Newton could use a veteran wide receiver like Smith, but if a team offers the Panthers a sweet deal for Smith, they would be wise to take the deal.
There are plenty of teams around the NFL who would be interested in his services, so the Panthers should be entertaining offers once the league year starts.
Smith has said he wants to play for a championship, so that would rule out Carolina in 2011. With the lockout on, his future still is up in the air.
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