It's hard to imagine the team without 89. He is probably everyone's favorite panther of all time, and is the best to ever put on the uniform. That being said, with all this cap hell we are in, no one is safe, and Smitty isn't a 1200 yard, 10 TD receiver anymore but gets paid VERY well.
I hope the team can resolve it with him amicably, so that he can play one more year at least before leaving on his own terms.
The Panthers without Steve Smith? Wow. Just wow. Very difficult to imagine.
Steve has gotten his money through the years. Hopefully...he is willing to give back. Because his cap hit is pretty hefty for what we could reasonably expect his production to be.
Not as a rookie...
Wide outs tend to struggle in their first year unless they are just incredibly NFL ready.
Normally I would agree with you that a WR in the 1st is iffy at best. The only caveat I have is that we have been on a roll as of late. Just maybe it is our time to get lucky and actually hit on a WR. Why not?
Smith can't even get 800 yards or 5 TDs as the primary WR on a 12-4 team with a Pro Bowl QB.
Did you watch our Offense last year? Plus his late year injury? He could have been close to a 1000 yards with just a little help.
He still demands attention. And that is all you can ask. His cap hit is relevant to his value. But...unless we plan on utilizing him more. That cap hit is in question.
Personally, our passing game is in need of some attention. But while Rivera and Gman are in charge. Our passing game will always play second fiddle to the running game. So what value does Steve really have? Give the Panthers a monetary break. Or chance playing elsewhere next year?
Steve and Hardy are the two that have the most say on where they play next year. Play fair with us, and we will do our best to take care of you. Or not? What do I know?