RSS

Report: Third-round pick might get deal done for Steve Smith

Vet receiver has 2 years remaining on contract Brad Biggs

Print This June 27, 2011, 07:00 AM EST

Need a big-time playmaker?

Everyone knows that the Carolina Panthers could be looking to trade veteran wide receiver Steve Smith after the lockout ends. It’s well know that Smith was frustrated last season with the Panthers, and at his age he could be looking to go to a franchise not in a full-fledged rebuilding mode.

Smith is 32 and remains a viable deep threat. He has two years remaining on his contract at a cost of about $15 million. That price tag is what might make the cost of trading for him not prohibitive.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, a team might be able to pry Smith away from the Panthers for a third-round draft pick. As Person points out, the last thing the Panthers want is to have an unhappy Smith working with a rookie quarterback who was drafted No. 1 overall and a new coaching staff.

One would think the Panthers won’t have trouble finding a trade partner if a third rounder is the asking price.

Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

NFP's Introduction to Scouting Class is now registering for the Fall session! Save $200 if you enroll before July 31st. REGISTER NOW!

Check out our partners at TiqIQ for the best deals on all games on the 2014 NFL schedule.

NFP Inside Content. All Season.