Hadn't seen this posted so delete if needed but Steve Smith gave a very candid interview on WBT with Keith Larson yesterday. First topic was Gettleman's comments. Here is a link to the interview.
* Wished Gettleman and Rivera gave him a heads up.
* Was very discouraged to hear it second hand through social media while he was on vacation with his family.
*Shocked to hear Gettleman refer to his career in past tense and was blindsided that his football career was in jeopordy.
*Said his agent has reached out to the Panthers since no one has contacted him.
* Not sure whether he would retire or play somewhere else because he is still trying to process all that he is finding out. He realizes it's a business and it's not in his control and sometimes when you are fired, you aren't consulted. Regarless he will never leave Charlotte as his "home"
* Speaks very highly of the Panthers organization and especially Jerry Richardson. Says no matter what happens that will never change.
Basically, Steve doesn't sound happy at all and why should he but he handles himself with class. The bad thing for Panther fans is that the old saying "where there is smoke, there is fire" really seems like it applies here. I get the gut feeling he is here next year, but it's obvious Steve feels a bit disrespected and both sides have some work to do if he is staying and that may not be up to him.