I remember when smith signed his first none rookie contract, signing for $10 million less than other top recievers were getting. this was when steve waz entering his prime.
you can say what ya want Bout his age, that doesn't change the fact he is a top five receiver. want to pull up the non-rookie contracts of the other top receivers in the league...or even the top 10?
Steve Smith's contract, is still on the affordable side for a receiver of his ability.
You couldn't even replace him with anothr top receiver for the same amount of Smith's current contract.
And what year was that? It was 2004.....he had one good season at that point. 2003 didn't make him a top 3 type WR. He he had only 1 1000 yard season and only 1 season where he scored more than 3 rec TDs. No one was going to pay a problem child WR/ return man big money then
You also can't claim a team will give comparable deals to Calvin and Smith. They are at two very different stages is their careers. It matters.
Carolina has always taken care of Smith.