NFL Network just speculated Seattle. I think the Panthers want to trade him so they can control his destiny, among other reasons.
Trading Smitty does give us control of where he goes. But, there is a chance we don't get a trade done. I am sure most teams would know that if we don't trade him, we may just have to let him go. Unless...we keep him.
They must have watched old games....
Newton is our offense.....not 89. 89 is the heart and soul of a team that no longer exists. New era.
It may be becoming Cam's team. But at this point in time. Smitty is still the emotional leader of this team. That will change in time, but it is still true as of now.
Cam, Keek, Star are not yet ready to be "That guy". CJ, TD, and maybe Kalil are in a position to take over. Cam may be a leaser, but he is not fiery enough to do what Smitty can do. Get in your face and tell you how it is. That is what an emotional leader does. That is Smitty.
You have to have a resume to be able to do what Smitty does. Being able to lead by example is not enough. Players will not listen to you if you haven't done anything yet. Cam and Keek are getting there. They just haven't arrived as of yet.