If Gettleman cuts Smitty, this fanbase will be alienated, and support will completely drop off. Put him in a different role that should've been done 4 years ago.
Three years ago yeah I would completely agree, but Carolina has to many likable players now for any fan base alienation to take hold. He isn't the face of our franchise anymore and sometimes athletes have to come to grips with that.
Cam Newton, Luke Kueckly, Greg Hardy, CJ , Tolbert & Star make our fan base very optimistic about our future. Feelings would be hurt if Steve Smith were cut, including my own, but looking at his contract over the next three years the $$ money $$ is a bit worrisome.
I personally hope something is worked out at a reduced price. I hope he retires a Panther.