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If Smitty is "evaluated" and not on this team next yearn

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Smith is the greatest panther in team history. And even that does not grant him a roster spot until he decides he wants to retire. He will be 35 before OTA's, unfortunate he's playing like a 35 year old. He is just not worth the big money anymore. Thank goodness we have a GM that will make decisions based on what's best for our team. Sometimes tough decisions will have to be made. Gentleman has always said he cannot and will not allow emotions to factor in on his decision making process.

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And we actually wonder why this franchise has never put together back-to-back winning seasons...... :growl:

 

Yes, he has lost a step, however, he is still the best WR on the team.

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Yes, Steve is the best receiver on our team. And that is our problem. A 5'9" 35 year old is our best receiver. Need we say more. He is no longer a #1 receiver...not a successful one anyway. How can we compete with this scenario? We can't! We play in a division that has Julio, roddy white, Vincent Jackson and all the saint receivers...we pull up with Steve smith...we can't continue to improve our position in the league with our current receiver line up. If we want to get more mileage out of Steve he must be moved to the slot position. We need to bring in a big, quick sure handed receiver at the number one . Our complementary receivers and plenty good enough at #3... Don't forget the possibility that mcnutt and king are promising emerging players. Please don't get me wrong steve smith is one of my favorites. But sometimes you have to face reality and be proactive. Our goal is a championship right... Continuous team improvement is the only way.

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Yes, Steve is the best receiver on our team. And that is our problem. A 5'9" 35 year old is our best receiver. Need we say more. He is no longer a #1 receiver...not a successful one anyway. How can we compete with this scenario? We can't! We play in a division that has Julio, roddy white, Vincent Jackson and all the saint receivers...we pull up with Steve smith...we can't continue to improve our position in the league with our current receiver line up. If we want to get more mileage out of Steve he must be moved to the slot position. We need to bring in a big, quick sure handed receiver at the number one . Our complementary receivers and plenty good enough at #3... Don't forget the possibility that mcnutt and king are promising emerging players. Please don't get me wrong steve smith is one of my favorites. But sometimes you have to face reality and be proactive. Our goal is a championship right... Continuous team improvement is the only way.

 

Getting rid of Smith would make our best receiver on the roster McNutt....Is that better to you? It's not all about talent, Steve brings veteran leadership, that without, we would've been 8-8 or worse. We won the division last year with our defense, and I think that's the #1 priority. Look at my other posts, you'll see that I want Benjamin in round 1 and if a guy like Cooks is there in the 2nd then we double up at WR, but getting rid of Smith would not help a goddamn thing, it would hinder all of our success. I agree him at the slot, Benjamin at #1 and then a guy like Matthews or Cooks (if they somehow fell to us in the 2nd...) at #2 would be a perfect scenario. But, keeping Smith and improving the defense is more important in my opinion. If we can do both, great.. If not, we gotta keep Smith.

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Steve smiths contract exceeds his production and at 35 years old I don't see him getting any better. That's all I'm saying. We need to draft, trade or sign a FA stud wide receiver ASAP.

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I am surprised as well. His cap hit is 7 million and his dead cap hit is 9 million which means that even as a June 1 cut it would cost 5.5 million to cut him this year and 3.5 next year. Surely he is worth 1.5 million. I bet they are looking for a restructure with voidable years or at least some changes to account for his surrent value. I cant see a cut unless he refuses to make any changes. It will be Smitty making the choice by whether he wants to be here or not and try for the Hall of Fame. Or if he thinks he can get the money elsewhere. I think Smitty wants to be here but also is tight about his money. He could go either way but I hope he considers an incentive restructure with voidable years if he doesn't reach certain levels. Fair for both parties.

 

Finally, someone looked at the contract numbers.  

 

Is Steve Smith worth a 1 year, 4 million dollar deal?  Because that's the difference between cutting him now and next year. 

 

Cutting him this year cost 9 million in dead cap.  

 

Keeping him this year cost of 7 million and cutting him next year cost 6 in dead money.  Which = 4 million.

 

I love Smitty and when he retires it'll be as a Panther.  I think he'll end up restructuring.  It's be a different world without Smith.  Without him or Gross I worry about the Vet leadership on this team on offense. 

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Yes, Steve is the best receiver on our team. And that is our problem. A 5'9" 35 year old is our best receiver. Need we say more. He is no longer a #1 receiver...not a successful one anyway. How can we compete with this scenario? We can't! We play in a division that has Julio, roddy white, Vincent Jackson and all the saint receivers...we pull up with Steve smith...we can't continue to improve our position in the league with our current receiver line up. If we want to get more mileage out of Steve he must be moved to the slot position. We need to bring in a big, quick sure handed receiver at the number one . Our complementary receivers and plenty good enough at #3... Don't forget the possibility that mcnutt and king are promising emerging players. Please don't get me wrong steve smith is one of my favorites. But sometimes you have to face reality and be proactive. Our goal is a championship right... Continuous team improvement is the only way.

agreed, in the slot his production goes up.

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Ok, the thing is the Panthers don't want to give him his option bonus. However the only way to avoid the non-exercise fee is either renegoting a completely new contract or cutting him. If they do the bonus he gets extra money and a year added to his deal. If they do the fee his cap hit goes up more the next two seasons.

That's why this is a story and has some validity to it.

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Ginn isn't under contract.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He should be a be retained. At least for the right money.

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We had a new OC and a re-dedication to the run game. We had more viable options for Cam who did a lot better job of spreading the ball around. Cam threw for 500 less yards than last season on 12 less attempts.

It's ridiculous to say the only cause for the dip in stats was because he's lost a step. I would bet anything I own that if Chud came back Steve would be right back over 1000 yards.

http://www.nfl.com/player/camnewton/2495455/careerstats

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