Wayne is in a receiver friendly WCO and is averaging 12 yards a catch over the past 3 years. And he had Peyton Manning throwing to him 2 of the 3. Meanwhile Smith has averaged 15 yards a carry in a vertical passing offense with two rookies and a backup quarterback throwing to him. Wayne can be replaced easier than Smith who is still a game changer.
You get what the market bears. Who will pay big bucks for Wayne? Who will pay big bucks for Steve Smith?? Do you think they are the same??
and when both Wayne and Smith had bums throwing to them as their teams earned the #1 overall....Wayne was twice as productive.
I think Carolina could pay big bucks to Smith who will be 33 this season. Carolina has a habit of throwing cash around to players that have been in a Panther uniform.
Do I think a lot of teams are going to give a 33 yr old problem child WR a big contract......hell no. All it takes is one idiot so ou never no. But most teams don't pay big bucks to aging players.