The rumors appear to be true. Dave Gettleman is looking to see what kind of trade offers Steve Smith will afford him. Smith is 34 years old and scheduled to make 7 million dollars this season. Smith’s age and cap figure means teams will not offer much in order to acquire the veteran receiver. At best, Gettleman might be able to squeeze out a 3rd round pick for Smith, but is it really worth it?
Steve Smith is the veteran leader of the offense. Without him it will be up to guys like Cam Newton and Ryan Kalil to lead the team. These guys are pretty good in that respect, but no one brings the fire and passion to the team like Smith. Should the Panthers acquire a draft pick, the talent they select will not be on the same level as Smitty. He showed last season that he can still be a contributor. Hakeem Nicks is a name that is circulating around the Panthers organization lately, but Smith had an even better 2013 season than Nicks, even though Smith played less games. I’d rather see Steve and Nicks on the same team, with Smith manning the slot.
Smith stated he’s not going anywhere and he shouldn’t. I’ve tried to wrap my head around this and be as objective as possible. There is no way I can see letting Smith go putting the Panthers in a better position to win. It’s bad for the team, it’s bad for business, and it’s bad for the fans. Gettleman has done a great job as GM so far, but trading or releasing Smith would be a mistake on par with the Hurney era. We’ll keep you up to date with anymore developments on this story.