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

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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.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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