#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.
From the south 19 years ago was born a roar from the depths
All could hear but many new not what to expect
Early on our hearts were filled with joy
At twelve and four this new roar became more than a ploy
Then came devastation after a great start
A new coach rose but ripped the joy from our hearts
At one and fifteen a new coach would emerge
Old habits and loosing he would purge
Our new quarterback to rise from the bench
He spoke so weird some thought he was French
A gunslinger mentality and winning record he would bring
Many fans were excited about winning that super bowl ring
Then would lie a crappy kick at the end of the game
Everyone knows who so I won't say his name
In 2011 came a new era
A new QB named Newton and a Coach name Rivera
The first two years would not be that great
But every new QB and coach make a mistake
Three years later now hear we are
The Super Bowl being only two games away is not that far
Panther fans again are filled with excitement
As Steve Smith rehabs so he can get his knee in alignment
So one game ahead to prove who we are
The 2013 Carolina Panthers are ready to set the bar
So if you're not ready, or have the faith to believe
Don't worry, a win from the 49'rs Cam Newton and Steve Smith are about to thieve