CHARLOTTE -- Like many NFL players, wide receiver Steve Smith’s future remains in limbo.
If it hadn’t been for the current NFL lockout, Smith might be playing for another team at this point, but since teams aren’t allowed to trade, players he remains a member of the Carolina Panthers — at least for now.
“It’s frustrating,” Smith said of the NFL lockout.
Smith again avoided direct questions Thursday about whether or not he wants to be traded, although sources have repeatedly told Carolina Growl he’s already expressed his desire to be traded to team management.
“It’s on hold because we’re not even allowed to presume there will be football,” Smith said of his future. “That privilege, and I emphasize privilege, has been taken away. There has been some mud-slinging going on, and people have had a chance to see the business aspect of football.”
If he's talking like that, I believe that means he wants out.