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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2014, 02:51:56 PM »
Yeah, it's getting real now ..
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Steve Smith being shopped by Carolina Panthers

    Published: March 10, 2014 at 05:26 p.m.
    Updated: March 10, 2014 at 05:45 p.m.

Questions about Steve Smith's future have swirled since Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman's vague comments at the NFL combine last month.

On the eve of free agency, Smith's future in Carolina appears to be in doubt.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Panthers are attempting to trade the veteran receiver, according to a source informed of the team's plans.

At 34 years old and given his $7 million cap number, the chances of a trade happening are one percentage point from zilch.

When trade winds come up on the verge of free agency that is generally an indication that a team is making a last-ditch effort to get some compensation back before they cut a player. It rarely happens.

Smith's contract has $9 million in dead money if cut this season (or spread over two years if he is cut with a June 1 designation).

Smith has played in Carolina for 13 seasons, has 836 catches for 12,197 yards with 67 touchdowns. His 2013 performance fell off dramatically.

The veteran hasn't sound thrilled with the prospect of playing for a different franchise since hearing of the Panthers' wavering attitude toward him at the Combine.

The Panthers are woefully thin at wide receiver, even with Smith on the roster. If Carolina cuts Smith they will have zero receivers on the roster with a catch in 2013.

Gettleman will have to look to add bodies, and major talent, in free agency and the draft (which is deep at the receiver position).


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2014, 03:08:45 PM »
An old WR with lessen skills and a huge salary cap number.............yeah, he is not being traded.


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2014, 03:34:40 PM »
An old WR with lessen skills and a huge salary cap number.............yeah, he is not being traded.
They've just pulled his #89 jersey from the online store :o
Looks like he could very well be cut  :scared:


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2014, 05:35:00 AM »
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Big names on the trade block

    Published: March 10, 2014 at 09:57 p.m.
    Updated: March 11, 2014 at 07:14 a.m.

Darrelle Revis, Steve Smith and Julius Peppers will all be debated one day by voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For now, they are going through the humbling, unforgiving process of aging in the NFL.

Initially, it looked like we might have a quiet free agency eve Monday. The morning was highlighted with low-level signings like Michael Hoomanawanui and Chad Rinehart. And then the news on Smith and Revis dropped.


We knew all along that Peppers was not long for Chicago. There's next to no chance that any team will give up compensation to sign him. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has indicated that the Bears have already picked out Peppers' replacement: They are targeting Lamarr Houston of the Raiders.

There have been rumblings for weeks that Smith's status in Carolina was not secure. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera couldn't answer direct questions about Smith's future at the NFL Scouting Combine. But we know it was still jarring and emotional for Panthers fans to see that the team is trying to dump the greatest player in franchise history. We'd be stunned if the Panthers got anything in return for Smith; he's much more likely to be released.

This isn't all about cap room. Smith's $4 million base salary is guaranteed this season. The Panthers simply don't appear to think Smith can help their team anymore. Cam Newton is going to be throwing to Greg Olsen and a boatload of new players because the guys in place won't cut it.

Revis, meanwhile, is on his way to joining his third organization in as many years. Rapoport reported that the Buccaneers are looking to deal Revis and his $16 million salary. They know it's an uphill battle. Any team that's interested would have to work out compensation with Tampa and likely negotiate a new contract with Revis. No one wants to pay him $16 million next season, especially the Buccaneers.

It's a stunning admission of a failed trade by Tampa, but new general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith inherited Revis' contract. They don't believe he's worth $4 million more than any other cornerback in the league.

The Revis story figures to dominate the headlines in the first days of free agency. The Buccaneers will need to release or trade him by Wednesday. The Jets own Tampa's fourth-round pick in 2014 as part of the Revis deal. That turns into a third rounder if Revis is on the Bucs' roster Thursday.

Whereas we fully expect Peppers and Smith to be released, there's an outside chance the Buccaneers could get something back for Revis. He played at a Pro Bowl level in 2013 and figures to be better another year removed from ACL surgery.

Still, any team interested would have to work out a new contract for Revis quickly. The clock is ticking and there's a lot going on this time of year.


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2014, 01:12:34 PM »
Welp. Free Agency is now open!
Lets see what happens.. :o


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2014, 10:41:59 AM »
Well it looks like it will be official soon.. :(
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Agent: Panthers WR Steve Smith Done In Carolina

by AP

Story Created: Mar 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM EDT

Story Updated: Mar 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The agent for wide receiver Steve Smith says the five-time Pro Bowl selection has played his final snap for the Carolina Panthers.

Smith's longtime representative Derrick Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Smith "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place."

Fox said the Panthers have been trying to trade Smith, but expects he will ultimately be released.

He said the Panthers have not asked Smith to restructure his current contract which calls for him to make $7 million under this year's salary cap.

Regardless of whether the Panthers cut Smith or keep him, the club will have to pay him $3 million this season as part of the three-year contract extension he signed in 2012.

Smith's current contract runs through 2016.

Fox said Smith, a 13-year NFL veteran, would have preferred to finish his career with Carolina, the team that drafted him in the third round in 2001.

Fox said the 34-year-old Smith was "disappointed and surprised" when Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman talked about the receiver's future in uncertain terms at the NFL Scouting Combines last month.

"Where we are disappointed is the fact he signed an extension to stay loyal to the club and complete his career as a Panther," Fox said. "That is why we did the long-term team deal. Now we are at a crossroads where the Panthers don't want him anymore."

Gettleman did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Shortly after the Scouting Combine, Smith met with Gettleman at Panthers headquarters, but Fox said the receiver left without a clear, defined role in terms of his future with the team.

Fox said Smith diligently rehabbed an injured knee leading up to the team's divisional play game against the San Francisco 49ers with loyalty to the team in mind, thinking his long-term future was in Carolina.

Smith had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's 23-10 loss.

"He spent 12 hours a day working with (trainer) Ryan Vermillion to get ready for that game," Fox said. "His goal has always been to stay a Panther."

Smith is Carolina's all-time leading receiver with 836 receptions for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns receiving. Smith is 19th all-time in NFL history in yards receiving and 25th in receptions.

Smith had 64 receptions for 746 yards and four touchdowns last season helping the Panthers go 12-4 in the regular season and capture the NFC South championship.

Fox said Smith plans to continue his playing career in the NFL when the Panthers cut ties.

"At 34, they could have kept him and run him in the slot," Fox said. "Steve wants to play in the slot. But he can't play the slot with the current roster, and he hasn't been able to play in the slot with the rosters in the past."

Fox said he's not sure why the Panthers haven't released Smith. He said he will be ready when that time arrives.

"It's my responsibility to find the best place for him to utilize his skills and passion for the game," Fox said.

If the Panthers release Smith he will count $5 million under this year's cap. The Panthers could designate him for a June 1 release which would allow them to split that money over the next two seasons.


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2014, 11:40:32 AM »
DAYUM!! :o
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Pending a physical, former Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware has reached agreement with the Denver Broncos on 3 year/$30M contract ($20M guaranteed)

The deal will pay him $13M this year - $250,000 more than he was scheduled to make from the Cowboys.


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2014, 08:37:18 AM »
And the waiting is officially over :(
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Panthers Officially Release WR Steve Smith

Story Created: Mar 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM EDT

Story Updated: Mar 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- The Panthers have formerly announced that they released WR Steve Smith from the team. Smith was drafted in the third round of 2001 NFL draft out of Utah.

He leads the Panthers with the most receptions.  His totals are 836 catches, 12,197 yards and 75 touchdowns.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman released the following statement on the Panthers website,

"When I took this position I knew that difficult decisions would have to be made along the way. To move on from a storied veteran player is probably the most difficult of all. A decision not to be taken lightly. However, after much thought I feel very strongly it's the right one.

As I've stated many times, all decisions I make will be in the long-term best interest of the Carolina Panthers. Decisions, either popular or unpopular, have to be made for the greater good, and it is imperative to take an unemotional global view.

Sometimes it may appear that short-term interests will suffer, and I can assure you we have no interest in taking a step back from our 2013 accomplishments. Nevertheless, like all NFL teams, we are in transition as we try to get into the best position going forward. When Mr. Richardson hired me I promised him that my goal would be to leave the Panthers in a better position than when I came. All my efforts are in that vein.

Over the next few months we will have the opportunities afforded by free agency and the college draft to improve our roster. We also have young players who will get an opportunity. I have great trust in our evaluation process.

Steve had a wonderful career with the Carolina Panthers. I truly wish him and his wife, Angie, all of God's blessings."
Now we'll see where he ends up..


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2014, 11:41:29 AM »
I think this is going to come true.. :o
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Strong words from WR Steve Smith on possibly playing his former team, the Carolina Panthers in 2014.

“Put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.”



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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2014, 02:40:37 PM »
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Carolina Panthers Sign Tight End Mike McNeill

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Story Created: Mar 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers announced they've signed free agent tight end Mike McNeill from the St. Louis Rams to a two-year contract.  Financial terms were not released.
McNeill, 26, spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams playing in 28 games with one start. He has five career receptions 36 yards.
 
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound McNeill could be a potential replacement for blocking tight end Ben Hartsock, who's an unrestricted free agent.
 
He is Carolina's first free agent signing.
 
Carolina's roster has seen major change in recent days. Wide receiver Steve Smith, the team's all-time leader in receptions, was released and three offensive linemen retired, including starting left tackle Jordan Gross.
 
Safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon signed with other teams.
What do you know about this guy there, Bob ???


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2014, 02:43:02 PM »
He will be like the last TE on the team and is a pretty good blocker.

Basically a last man on the team, but okay.


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2014, 02:44:05 PM »
And there goes Smitty..
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Steve Smith signs with Ravens

Credit: USA Today Sports

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Updated today at 5:30 PM


CHARLTTE, N.C. -- Steve Smith is headed to the Ravens.

NBC Charlotte Sports Director Chris Clark learned late Friday afternoon  that Baltimore offered a three-year contract to Smith.

The Panthers let go of the wide receiver officially on Thursday. Smith will have a chance to take on his former team in Baltimore in the upcoming season.


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #28 on: March 15, 2014, 06:54:22 AM »
Another former Panther :o
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Former Bears DE Julius Peppers agrees to terms with Packers on 3-year deal worth a maximum of $30 million including $7.5 million guaranteed.


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Re: TEH OFFICIAL 2014 NFL SEASON Thread
« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2014, 12:58:14 PM »
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Roman Harper is staying in the NFC South. The former New Orleans safety has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN
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