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Panthers Piling up Old Receivers

Jason Avant met with the Panthers on Monday and signed a one year deal yesterday.  The Panthers are starting to pile up old bodies at receiver.  Jericho Cotchery is 31 and Jason Avant is 30.  Neither receiver can still contribute the way Steve Smith could.  Ron Rivera made the argument that the Panthers receivers only averaged 10 catches a game last season so that’s all they will need from their receivers this season.  That’s a load of BS.  The Panthers struggled down the stretch due to a lack of playmaking from the receivers.  The only one who made plays in the San Francisco playoff game was Steve Smith and he did it playing injured.

It is clear that the release of Steve Smith was less about his ability to produce and more about his relationship with Gettleman.  Gettleman and Rivera stated that they want to be able to get more catches to their younger receivers (McNutt and King), yet they keep signing old receivers who are going to bury the young ones on the depth chart.  Clearly Gettleman did not appreciate Steve and forced him out the door.  I will certainly be following the Ravens all season to see how Steve fares in Baltimore.

Look for the Panthers to draft at least 2 receivers in the draft this year.  It is unlikely Gettleman will select a receiver in the first round, but if he is the best player available, Gettleman will pull the trigger.  When it is all said and done, Steve will more than likely sign a one day contract with the Panthers and retire in Charlotte.  Until that day comes, let us hope the Panther do not have to play him beyond this season.


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  • Panther Hines

    We all love Smith but numbers speak for themself. He was no more than a complimentary WR and I wish him the best but I doubt he’ll do much in Baltimore

    • NickH

      No more than a complimentary receiver who was also the team’s best receiver. Not to mention probably still just as effective as any wr currently on the roster.

      • Panther Hines

        Technically, Olsen was the Panthers best receiver. More yards, catches, TDs

        • Keyser Giancana

          Olsen’s not a receiver but point taken. Olsen is good, there’s no denying that. Wouldn’t you agree? So considering that his numbers and 89′s numbers were relatively similar, then you just made my point stronger.Why should we have him at $7 million? Because we’re paying him roughly $5 million regardless. Smith knows that he was no longer a number one receiver, I don’t think he had any issues with taking a backseat to whomever they chose to draft or pick up in fa.
          Clearly Gettleman and Smith didn’t mesh well but that doesn’t mean that SS was a distraction or a locker room hooligan. I would imagine that the large majority of the players disagree with good ol’ Dave. But what’s done is done and we can debate endlessly about whether or not they should have kept Smith around. Personally I’ll be watching a whole lot of the purple and black next year, alongside Mr. Adler.

          • Cyteria Knight

            I’m with you all the way. I’ll be keeping an eye on Smitty throughout the season in his temporary purple & black. But of course I’ll be rooting for my Cardiac Cats all the way, with maybe one exception. When we play the Ravens I’ll be rooting for Smitty to have a great game.

  • ECU82

    … actually it was because they couldn’t “run it” over tackle for a score