No one wants this ride to be over, but we have to look at the next 5 years, not the next 5 months.
SS is the best player that has ever worn a Panthers uniform, but sometimes the ride has to end, and this may be that time.
If Steve wants to stay, he certainly can, however I would assume that it will have to be for less money, and he doesn't want to do that.
I don't think there is one person on the Huddle that wants this.
Well it may not be what they want, but it's likely to be the result. If we cut Steve Smith (our #1 receiver right now) because he's overpaid, we can't expect some random receiver to take 1-2 million a year, and put up flashy numbers in a Mike Shula offense as our #1 receiver.
If someone out there knows a guy who is younger, much cheaper, and a better leader, for that money, well by all means please do tell.
Last year on WFNZ, around mid season, Steve was asked several things, such as his contract, how long he wants to play, if he'd play elsewhere, etc.
Steve said his #1 goal right now is chasing career numbers, whether here or elsewhere. He wants 1,000 Rec & 15,000 Yd. Said he's older & right now it's all about numbers. When she if he's okay with not getting the ball if it means winning he said no. He wants the ball & will complain or demand it when he doesn't get his touches. He wants to reach milestones.
When asked if he'd restructure to help the team he laughed & said absolutely not, that he is under contract thru 2016 & he won't take anything less. Said his contract is non negotiable & he will play it out of go elsewhere.
Then he said he'd go elsewhere if they didn't want him because he's just chasing numbers. Those are his goals right now.
Sorry, didn't mean to interject reality into the SS89 suckfest. As you were...
Red, I listen to WFNZ (like an idiot) from 7:35 A until 5:35 P every weekday. Marc James had a dissertation about this very subject yesterday. I would not blatantly lie to you brother. I heard it myself during one of his many Monday jaunts. I have no desire to research a link.
Elton John is gay, I will not take 2 minutes out of my life to find you the link. It is common knowledge.
Believe it, don't believe it...it's a fact. Tweet Steve and see what he says.
Dude this is my team too. Why would I lie about something so stupid?
So Marc James said that he said it, or Steve Smith was on the radio, and literally said it himself?
I'm just trying to get this cleared up here, because if Marc James said that he said it, well....
So would you agree that we need to go in a different direction? Our #1 receiver is 35 years old and 5'9". How do we compete against the teams in our own division with a receiving core like this? Answer: we don't. No nfl team fears our passing game,
We should have brought someone in to take the weight off his shoulders, and replace him as the #1 years ago.
Obviously I agree that we need another playmaker, but the goal is to keep surrounding our franchise quarterback with weapons to sustain success, not take away the only good ones he has. I mean there were people bitching about how much money Olsen is making, just what do some of these people think this is? It's real life, not Madden. You have to pay for talent, and production.
I also don't think it's fair to throw out his low numbers from this past year as if that definitively means he's done or something. We had one of the bottom ranked offenses in the league. Nobody had gaudy numbers in that offense. So let's please stop with that.
I always see people talking about how much money he is making, but they never have a suggestion for who would replace him as the #1 receiver while being paid next to nothing, since Steve Smith is so vastly overpaid.