You know, the same Steve Smith who the owner declared former OC Jeff Davidson unworthy to speak to...that guy.
Smith made some fairly strong statements in his most recent postgame interview in favor of Rivera staying.
Thomas Davis, another guy that Richardson reportedly likes a lot, is also on board.
Others who have spoken out include Greg Olsen, Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy and Mike Tolbert.
If Cam Newton or Luke Kuechly have made any statements about it, I missed them, but it'd be no shock to hear Kuechly speak out in favor of Rivera too since Rivera drafted him. Ditto Newton, though given the offensive ips and downs this season, I'd be less certain on that front.
Others whose opinions I haven't heard: Jordan Gross, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Kalil.
Regardless, it's well known that Smith has the ear of the owner. So if he wants Rivera to stay, that ups the odds of it happening at least a little.
Ultimately I still think Richardson will leave the decision in the hands of the new GM, but Smith being in support of Rivera staying makes me doubt that Richardson will just drop him like a hot potato as soon as the season ends.