Yesterday I reported that the Panthers had agreed to a 3 year extension with star receiver Steve Smith. Now it’s time to look at what this means for the team as a whole.
Cam Newton will be able to continually grow with one of the better receivers of all time. Smith had a resurgence last season, and that’s because he was able to help develop Newton in the process.
Smith has been around quite a few QB’s and he knows what will succeed, and what will drop dead on the field. His experience is going to help develop Newton into a franchise QB.
David Gettis and Brandon LaFell will be able to learn from the best. Both receivers are currently speculated as nothing more than perennial #2 receivers. Under the tutelage of Smith, these two young WRs could take over as a dominant duo.
Hopefully, Smith can turn Gettis into a second coming of Muhammad, becuase the Panthers have been hurting since he retired. Without a sure-fire #2, Smith needs to tap into the potential and talent that both young WRs have hidden.
Also, the Panthers hold onto a leader. Smith has been the leader of this team since the days of the Super Bowl. He was humbled by the Panthers decision to draft him, and has always had a sense of loyalty to the team. He wants to be a Panther forever, and because of that he leads the team in the direction he thinks is best.
Meanwhile, he makes Ron Rivera’s job a hell of a lot easier. How many new coaches would kill for a star player on a team they take over? Rivera has the talent and tools to take this team to the big game, and that comes in the form of Steve Smith.
I know it sounds like I’m making him out to be the only player on the team, but do you really think Cam would have thrown as much as he did without a star like #89?
Of course, it helps the fans. It gives us hope to know the Panthers are committed to making the best roster possible, and we like that.
So I LOVE the resigning, even without knowing the financial figures. Comment below and tell us how you feel.