Smith has been, and is pretty well paid.
The Panthers (Siefert) took a chance on him in drafting him in the 3rd. They gave him a chance and he worked to earn a receiver position in addition to returner. He has had some nasty altercations with team mates that would put most of us in jail for assault.
The owner has treated him extremely well, probably better than he deserved given the attack on two team mates.
This past year, he made a few mistakes that didn't exactly help out any.
If he wants to go, go as long as the Panthers get something in return for him.
It is true he competes. It is probably true that with a better QB situation he could have made the HOF...we will never know.
It is also true that he could stay with the team who has protected and paid him and try and turn the franchise backaround. The future is bright for he Panthers and he probably has 4 years left in him. He actually said he'd rather play the 'slot' last year, right.
His pay would not be any more than it is now with SD or any other team. IT would proably be less.
Regardless, he is under contract to the Panthers. He will do as told and like it or not get paid.
Edited by raleigh-panther, 08 May 2011 - 03:56 PM.