#1 just sees dollars signs and stats and doesn't care. He's too old, cost too much and his production is down.
#2 knows that we don't have anyone who can replace him right now, on the field AND in the locker room. Even though he cost a lot the ROI is still worth it until a replacement is signed.
#3 has watched Smith stick with this team for years, be the BEST WR in the NFL, survive the clausen, tommy john, vinny testerverde days and still stay loyal to this team. No matter how high or how low, he hung with this crappy team and even though he probably wasted his prime here, he did it cause he is a panther at heart. Always and forever. Now this team is a little successful and the future is bright and NOW we want to drop him. We owe it to Smith, he payed it forward, now it's time to pay it back. SB or bust baby.
I understand the 1's but don't agree.
The 2's make sense.
And the 3's project qualities that are hard to find; honor and respect.
Steve Smith deserves our honor and respect, and we also deserve a chance to move forward
We can do that collectively. Smith isn't an idiot, but they did resign him. All will work out in the end. He deserves 1 more year regardless, were in cap hell anyways, then he can train his replacement we are about to draft.