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Can't wait to see all the batshit crazy reactions once smith gets cut

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geHLdg_VNww

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http://t.co/J1acNCn3R0

 

 

Says that Gross is seriously considering retiring and there's a good chance he won't be back.

 

 

Also talks about how Fans need to get ready for Smith not being on the team because he's heard whispers about them cutting him the last few weeks and this weekend. 

 

Yeah the Gross retirement thing is definitely a concern.

 

As for the whispers, weren't these same people a year ago claiming that we were on the verge of hiring Brandon Beane as GM?

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http://t.co/J1acNCn3R0

Outright cut?
That's making a pretty big assumption.

Not that Smith's current production can't be replaced.

I think to many are reading to much into what Gman said.


Says that Gross is seriously considering retiring and there's a good chance he won't be back.


Also talks about how Fans need to get ready for Smith not being on the team because he's heard whispers about them cutting him the last few weeks and this weekend.

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I think that the key part of the Sessler write-up is:

 

It's apparent that Carolina's "evaluation" process has less to do with Smith's on-field play and much more about the 34-year-old pass-catcher's willingness to accept a pay cut. Stay tuned.

 

 

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Yeah the Gross retirement thing is definitely a concern.

 

As for the whispers, weren't these same people a year ago claiming that we were on the verge of hiring Brandon Beane as GM?

 

 

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

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Smitty is my favorite player but if I were the GM I'd tell him, not ask, to take a large pay cut. If he refuses I'd cut him & sign Nicks. He's not worth his cap hit. He's the greatest to ever wear the black & blue & he's one of the team leaders but he's pretty average now.

If Jerry Rice can be shown the door & replaced so can #89.

All good things come to an end.















































**runs for the Canadian border**

 

Are you kidding me? That would be a massive spit in the face to just flat out tell him to take a pay cut. He deserves the respect to simply explain the cap situation and ask about a pay cut. If he said no, then we would still need to keep him. I don't care about his on the field production, but his off the field production means more to this team than anybody's in my opinion. Do you remember him yelling to a young special teams player (forget who...) during the Seahawks game when he committed 2 stupid penalties? Do you think Cam would've matured nearly this much without Smith?? Do you think he had absolutely nothing to do with the spark that caused our huge winning streak after starting 1-3?? Smitty is here to stay until he retires, and if not then this team will go downhill, very fast. What do you think Cam would think of us losing Smitty? He's as important to this team as Cam or Kuechly is in my opinion. When he retires that's one thing, but it's not that time yet, and even then he would likely become part of the coaching staff. Smith is the player most deserving of a Super Bowl ring in the league and to just cut him when things are looking bright would be the most ridiculous thing to ever happen to the Panthers. Worse than anything Hurney did. 

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Not buying it, sorry.

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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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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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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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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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