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[url]http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/04/25/panthers-smith-has-cleared-out-locker-suite[/url]

[QUOTE]Prior to NFL teams locking out players from their facilities, Panthers WR Steve Smith cleared out his locker of all his personal belongings at Bank of America Stadium, sources told PFW.

Smith's locker had several personal effects, including his All-Pro award from 2005, the majority of which had remained intact for several years. He also cleared out his luxury suite at the stadium the same day. As part of Smith's contract, he receives use of one of the Panthers' boxes for home games. It had been adorned with photos of Smith throughout his football career.

Although the NFL currently sits in a lockout, with no veteran player movement allowed, the Panthers could trade Smith when regular transactions are allowed. The team has undergone a series of changes since the end of last season's 2-14 campaign, including hiring new head coach Ron Rivera to replace John Fox.

A youth movement began in earnest last season in Fox's final season, and the Panthers were one of the youngest clubs in the NFL. The Panthers own the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft, but GM Marty Hurney has said in recent interviews the team has not made its mind up about which player it will select.

Smith and Rivera met shortly after the coach's hiring, and the two talked to hash out some issues. Rivera told PFW at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine that he "appreciated (Smith's) honesty with things" and vowed to "be straight" with the four-time Pro Bowl receiver about his future in Carolina when the league's CBA issues are resolved.

Smith is out of town on vacation and was not available for comment. Sources have indicated that Smith previously has asked for a trade in the past.

His house outside of Charlotte has been on the market since last year, and the asking price recently dropped. Sources told PFW at the time it went on the market that Smith wanted a neighborhood with more children in the area so that his own kids had more interaction with children their own age.

Last season was one of Smith's most trying. He caught only 46 passes for 554 yards and two touchdowns — the lowest full-season totals since his rookie year, when he was primarily a returner — as the team's quarterbacks struggled mightily and the Panthers ranked dead last in the NFL in passing yards.

His current contract runs through 2012. Smith has base salaries of $7 million in 2011 and $7.75 million in '12, with salary-cap figures of $9.96 million and $10.71 the next two seasons respectively.
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FUG!! Mod please edit my title :lol:

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I don't even wanna think about it...

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I wonder where my wife is going to sit during games now :(
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ill miss you smitty

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The worst part about it is, that we won't get hardly anything for him.

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AJ Green anyone?

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No, the worst part is we don't know how true any of this is or what it means.

Assuming it is true, the worst part now becomes a tossup between losing my favorite Panther ever and being stuck with Gettis, LaFell, AE as our starting WR next year

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Damnittttttt

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:smash::smash::smash::smash:

It ain't over til it's over!

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At least we know who we're drafting now.

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He will be missed but it is undoubtedly better for Smitty to leave. Could also be better for our young team moving forward.

I have zero problems with moving forward with our WR corps. If we bring in a decent vet. with good work ethic and character.

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Glad I finally got his autograph last year.

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If he's out I want him to go NE or GB so he can show the NFL a piece of his mind.

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Have zero Panthers jerseys left.

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I could see him cleaning out his locker and suite [B]IN THE EVENT[/B] that he's not satisfied with the way things are this season, but it's not necessarily a guarantee that he's gone.

It would be much more awkward to have to come back in and clean all of that out if he decides he's not satisfied and demands a trade.

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[quote name='Jackofalltrades']Glad I finally got his autograph last year.[/QUOTE]

LOL, I finally got a picture with him last year...

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[quote name='OneBadassCat']At least we know who we're drafting now.[/QUOTE]

Cam Newton, WR, University of Auburn

While Newton lacks the experience and pro readiness you would want from a #1 WR, his ceiling is sky high. At 6'5" tall and 255 lbs, Newton has the ability to manhandle corners at the line of scrimmage and out jump any safety on those 50/50 balls. His footwork on routes could use work. Mostly saw him run streaks in college. Had an unusually high number of touchdowns per his receptions, must consider the system he played in at Auburn. Consistently showed the ability to go get the ball at it's highest point.

Complete Boom or Bust. Could be next D Jarrett or A Johnson

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Is it a stretch to attribute this to JR's 'super-smart businessman' move he made last year clearing out the vets and going young, and more importantly, cheap?

Seems like no one wants to stay in Carolina, Peppers wanted to leave, Smith wants to, DeAngelo wants to test the market and is open about being (before the lockout) courted by the Dolphins.

As much as many of you want to praise JR for his business acumen, this franchise is in a mess, as is the league, and it doesn't seem like the best business practices got us here, unless of course you count short-term benefits of lining his own pockets with extra assets.

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seeya smitty we had some good times.

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[quote name='OneBadassCat']If he's out I want him to go NE or GB so he can show the NFL a piece of his mind.[/QUOTE]

I would totally support that. I'd just like everyone who's always hated the guy to see what I personally believe he is capable of. He's a polarizing figure for sure, but he's OUR polarizing figure, and he's one of a very tiny number of players that attracts attention (and possibly success) to our franchise.

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Is today officially recognized as "National Holy $@%# Day" or something? :sosp:

There's nothing about it on my calendar, but crazy stuff keeps happening :(

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ABSOLUTELY HATE TO SEE HIM GO...but.... NE is gonna have to pay up. Can you say 2 1st rounders this year and 1 second rounder!?

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[quote name='OneBadassCat']If he's out I want him to go NE or GB so he can show the NFL a piece of his mind.[/QUOTE]
If anybody in the league deserves a ring it's Smitty...
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[quote name='TruCatzFan']ABSOLUTELY HATE TO SEE HIM GO...but.... NE is gonna have to pay up. Can you say 2 1st rounders this year and 1 second rounder!?[/QUOTE]

We'll get nothing more than a 3rd, if that

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