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I don't blame Steve Smith...

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I don't like being dumped, therefore its hard for me to be nice. I wish him well, I guess.

DAMN DAMN DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!

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I do.... You sign a contract you are saying you want to stay. Not you will stay as long as your are getting all the footballs. Think about Andre Johnson and the crappy situation he has been in or think about Ward when he had Cordell Stewart throwing to him. Didn't see him bolt. Smith is just a big ass cry baby that no one was will to admit if the rumors are true.

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Jpjr... You've got to be kiddin me. He's selfish b/c he got hurt playing flag football in the offseason and got hurt, LOL. I admit that I wished he hadn't played flag football balls out like he does on the NFL field, but what do you expect from SS. That's the type of player he is. He isgonnagive you 100% every play. And show me a player of his caliber that don't care about his numbers. His numbers is how he's rated as a WR, that's his job. What ever your job is, i'm sure you care enough to speak up when something is affecting your performance and is out of your control. Smitty can't catch the ball when it not throw correctly. He had a right to be upset and let Clausen no it. I don't want to see a player that is considered to be elite, walk away from play after play and not respond with correction. Any quality receiver would speak up and so did our best receiver.

The Clausen reference might have made sense a year ago. Smitty wanting to leave is a referendum on young players in general because in all likelyhood it will be Cam Newton running the offense next season. He doens't have the patience or apptitude to teach if it means not getting his stats.

"Speaking up" is not the same as teaching. As a leader of the team you need to develop your young guys not yell at them or complain about your lack of looks on the field.

Especially when you do absolutely nothing to develop chemistry with any of them.

Bye bye.

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I am happy to see this thread.

I felt the same way about Julius

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You sign a deal that makes you one of the highest paid players in the NFL that expires when you are 34 says it all. I am sure the Panthers didn't agree to pay him $7-$7.5 million when he was 32 and 33 because they thought these were going to be his best years. Clearly these contracts are signed out of mutual respect to allow both sides to not have to worry about their future - thanks Steve

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Andre Johnson was asking for a new contract...and is not the competitor Smitty is. He might be more talented and definitely more physically gifted, but you don't see the passion for the game out of Johnson that you see in Smitty. You don't see that passion in any other WRs. The claim that Smitty just wants his numbers is ridiculous if you've followed this team. Smitty wants wins. Smitty doesn't want to be embarrassed by the performance on the field of his team. Smitty wants people around him who care as passionately as he does. The lack of these things is what causes him to get pissed off. You don't see him publicly berating his QB like you see ACTUAL cancers like TO and 85. The closest he came was saying of Clausen "this ain't Notre Dame any more". That's a pretty weak berating. I think Smitty sees in Clausen a spoiled kid who has coasted all his life and is still trying to coast and that doesn't sit well with him. And it shouldn't. Anyone who that WOULD sit well doesn't belong on my team. (for the record, I'm not saying that is the case with Clausen, just a hypothesis on how Smitty perceives it.)

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If Steve was a selfish player he would have murdered Jake Delhomme and John Fox a long time ago.

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same front office ran Smitty off that ran Pep off...

but yeah, all of you that are saying "good riddance" are the carriers of that same banner, and part of the reason the Panthers are going to be mediocre until ownership wants to field a winning team...

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Steve Smith would be stupid to want to bail out of the Panthers right when they are about bring in Cam Newton. Trust me, Cam is going to electrify the Panthers team, the city of Charlotte and Panther fans around the country.

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You sign a deal that makes you one of the highest paid players in the NFL that expires when you are 34 says it all. I am sure the Panthers didn't agree to pay him $7-$7.5 million when he was 32 and 33 because they thought these were going to be his best years. Clearly these contracts are signed out of mutual respect to allow both sides to not have to worry about their future - thanks Steve

$7mil is far from one of the highest paid players in the NFL...Larry Fitzgerald gets $10mil a year. Brandon Marshall gets about $9.5mil. And I imagine Smitty's contract was backloaded in the event his injuries didn't heal they could release or trade him without paying him the bulk of his contract AND/OR helping alleviate salary cap issues back then.

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