"I am no longer a No. 1 wide receiver and I know that," Smith told Sirius XM's Bleacher Report radio on Thursday after the Carolina Panthers released him. "And I've been knowing that, and I don't have a problem with that.
"I will adjust to whatever team and whatever role that I would have. The only thing is I would like to know what that role is and what the expectation is so I can exceed it."
Maybe this was Smith being politically correct because he now has to sell himself to another team. But I believe Smith, soon to be 35, was ready to morph into the "other" receiver if the Panthers signed somebody capable of taking over the top spot.
He insists he's been asking management to get another top receiver for several years.
On his willingness to step into his new role and "play nice with others":
Smith was asked directly about those doubts on WFNZ-AM radio in Charlotte. He didn't refer directly to Gettleman, who had the ultimate say in the decision to release him, but he talked about individuals who hadn't been with Carolina since Day 1 judging him.
Gettleman is beginning his second year at Carolina.
"So your inaccurate assumption of something that has transpired is called an opinion," Smith said. "Whatever the case may be, my job is to be a football player."
"You can't allow an individual or individuals to change how much a corporation or organization has treated me. I won't allow that to happen, and I won't think about it."
Basically Gettleman wanted Smitty out, and, of course, Smitty feels some type of way about it. And I think that he should.
All this poo that I am hearing about Smitty's negative effect on Cam and the team in general---basically the flipping of the script---is definitely going to be taken with a block of salt (at best), and that block is going to be bigger than the chip on Smitty's shoulder.