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Cary Kollins    17,880

The NFL is the ultimate cut-throat business.

That said, no way I can picture the Panthers cutting 89. I refuse to entertain the thought.

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Yeah... I'm sorry but no way in hell would Jerry Richardson let that happen.

 

DG is being politically correct (which is great because it gives him traction with agents), but at the end of the day there is not a snow ball's chance in hell that Steve Smith is cut.

 

 

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Mr. Scot    34,530

I think the only person giving him a chance was Person and even then it was a slight chance.

Pat Yasinskas was actually the first to suggest it. I think Person was just parroting what he said.

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carpanfan96    1,458

Bill Voth wrote another story on it, 

 

http://billvoth.com/steve-smith-possibility-uncomfortable-change-carolina/

 

 

 

While whispers about the move have been swirling around in some circles the last few weeks, the possibility became public when general manager Dave Gettleman was asked about wide receiver Steve Smith’s roster status Thursday at the NFL Combine.

 

 

 

A restructuring is certainly possible, but so is a clean break. It’s not something Smith or Panthers fans have thought possible, but the days of seemingly unending loyalty are gone.

The role of a general manager is to build a team that can win. Gettleman and Rivera’s roles, more specifically, are to build a team that can win consistently. Doing either is neither easy nor pretty.

Uncomfortable decisions can be ugly at first, but they’re necessary in the NFL, even if they mean a change in what loyalty necessarily means.

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R0CKnR0LLA    7,733

I've been thinking for awhile that there's a good chance Smitty retires. If he's cut I think he'll definitely just go ahead and retire rather than uproot his family just to play somewhere else for 1 year.

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carpanfan96    1,458

I've been thinking for awhile that there's a good chance Smitty retires. If he's cut I think he'll definitely just go ahead and retire rather than uproot his family just to play somewhere else for 1 year.

 

 

I think he'd rather get cut first. If he retires as a Panther, he has to pay back part of the remaining on his bonus money left. If he's cut, he doesn't. 

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carpanfan96    1,458

Asked Bill to put a percentage on it.

 

 

@billvoth Let's put a Steve Smith percentage on this, what would you put the percentage at for him being cut? lol

 

@Carpanfan96 ha, i’ll put a 70% on it right now. gross retirement is a 98.

 

 

@billvoth Whoa, surprised at how high the Smith percentage is. Wow!

 

@Carpanfan96 yeah, but still decent wiggle room there. the main point: this is more possible than anyone has imagined. stay tuned.

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Jangler    691

Yeah... I'm sorry but no way in hell would Jerry Richardson let that happen.

 

DG is being politically correct (which is great because it gives him traction with agents), but at the end of the day there is not a snow ball's chance in hell that Steve Smith is cut.

 

It might be more of a "hey we could cut SS, what make you so special?" message to other players,

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Growl    7,708

it has nothing to do with "loyalty."

it has everything to do with cutting a productive player when he is quite literally the only player under contract at his position. it woul be the ultimate sign tha gettleman doesnt know what he's doing.

now this is more than likely nothing more than a power play to entice Smith into taking a pay cut so i wont get up in arms about it, nor do i expect richardson to even allow him to be cut.

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Asked Bill to put a percentage on it.

 

 

@billvoth Let's put a Steve Smith percentage on this, what would you put the percentage at for him being cut? lol

 

@Carpanfan96 ha, i’ll put a 70% on it right now. gross retirement is a 98.

 

 

@billvoth Whoa, surprised at how high the Smith percentage is. Wow!

 

@Carpanfan96 yeah, but still decent wiggle room there. the main point: this is more possible than anyone has imagined. stay tuned.

 

The fact that he (Voth) said possible and not probable leads me to believe that he is being the ultimate journalist right now. If Smith gets cut Voth will get to say he had the scoop first.

 

I'm sure there have been talks about Smith taking a pay cut, but it's still really hard to infer that the Panthers are actually considering cutting Smith from the quote "we're evaluating everyone".

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