Me neither, even in 2011 he had 8 TD's with Orton and The Golden Calf of Bristol. Not to slight Smitty but when's the last time he had 8 TD's in a season, 2006? At 6'3" he is a great target in the redzone. Its not like he was some scrub that Manning made a hero out of. He had talent coming out of the draft and is still relatively young at 26.
The question is how many targets will he get here? Will we still play as conservatively?
I agree if I understand the Smith situation (which is sketchy) if we do not either cut trade or restructure his contract this year versus next year it will have significant cap implications in 2015 and 2016 .Is that correct? Please help me understand this.
I think its more about age V production. You don't want to be paying a 35 year old 9 mill a season. Unfortunately the prudent thing to do is cut ties and prepare for the future. It sucks as a fan because he has meant so much. But it happens to them all eventually. Hopefully they can work it out for at least one more year.