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January 28, 2009

Steve Smith: Pep must look out for himself

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was in Tampa on Wednesday, but not for the reason that he'd most hoped. Since Carolina didn't make it to the Super Bowl, he was able to participate in the construction of a new playground in an East Tampa neighborhood along with six other NFL players.

Smith weighed in on the Julius Peppers dilemma facing the Panthers, but only enough to say that Peppers is obligated to look out for what he believes are his best interests. Peppers' contract expires Feb. 26 and he has said through his agent that he wants to move on to another team in order to reach his full potential. The Panthers are expected to franchise Peppers to either try to force him to remain with the team or to trade him.

"The Pep situation is Julius Peppers’ situation just like Steve Smith’s situation is my situation," said Smith. "Whether people want to say it or not, we’re professionals and we all have to do the things we feel are important. We’re all CEOs of our own company. I’m CEO of Steve Smith LLC and  Julius Peppers is CEO of Julius Peppers LLC. He’s going to make the moves he feels are conducive to his business, and I’m going to do the same as well for me."

We'll have more from Smith later online and in tomorrow's paper.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on January 28, 2009 at 02:06 PM | Permalink

Comments

And if you don't like it I'll punch him in the nose

Posted by: snatch | Jan 28, 2009 2:24:46 PM

I hate to see Pep go... But, it's the "ME" thing again. Good luck whereever you go Pep...

I hope we at least tag him and get something for him considering we do not have a 1st round pick this year.

I've heard players saying that using the tag like this is unfair... Well, it does not seem unfair to them when they defect. If, like Steve says, it is a business, then they should understand that business deal goes both ways!

Posted by: Scott 71 | Jan 28, 2009 2:25:57 PM

you know what pisses me off, that you guys have a blog and we have to wait 2 days for information that we could benefit having it online instantly.
You guys are lucky you can hide behind the NFl access to some of the players, but if you were in something like the electronics market you would be toast. This economy is going to change things thats why sites like carolinahuddle.com , carolinapanthersblog.org and carolinapanthersblog.com catscratchreader.com have come up. It would be sad to see this blog go away because your readers have to go to other forums to get information. THe internet is here and a sh#$tload of people are turning to the net to look for jobs, they might want to check out the panthers insider from charlotte and what do you give them.. oh wait till tommorow to read news that would earn you a boatload of more traffic and revenue to save your job, which might be on the line in a few years.
Be careful with making people wait for information you can offer immadiately

Posted by: panthers | Jan 28, 2009 3:04:45 PM

panthers makes a very fair point here fellas. Access journalism is so 2003, and boring to boot.

The print product SHOULD BE a greatest hits of the Web -- let's hope it does not take a 3-day a week print sked for the MNI braintrust to figure that out.

JAT

Posted by: JAT | Jan 28, 2009 3:19:03 PM

Let's face it. The season is over. There isn't going to be that much to write about for a while until players start to get booted.

The best that Panther bloggers can do right now is speculate while we wait on the new coaching additions. Should the Panthers switch to a 3-4? What kind of value does Peppers hold in the trade market? Is Ken Lucas worth his value to keep for the next season? That sort of thing.

I'm perfectly content doing that, as well as fending off the occasional griefing panzy that likes to show up and post stupid comments. We'll entertain ourselves somehow during the off-season.

-Revshawn

Posted by: Revshawn | Jan 28, 2009 4:18:48 PM

panthers, JAT, you're right in some respects -- it's about instant access in a lot of cases, and you're used to having it for free on the web.
There are occasions, though, where we won't put the full story online immediately, either because it's not written yet (as is the case here, because Charles was reporting for other stories) or because it's exclusive to us (also the case here, as none of the other reporters who cover the Panthers or websites who post their work are in Tampa). You won't have to wait 48 hours, though. We're likely to post that story later tonight, when it's ready.

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Jan 28, 2009 4:21:02 PM

panthers, JAT, you're right in some respects -- it's about instant access in a lot of cases, and you're used to having it for free on the web.
There are occasions, though, where we won't put the full story online immediately, either because it's not written yet (as is the case here, because Charles was reporting for other stories) or because it's exclusive to us (also the case here, as none of the other reporters who cover the Panthers or websites who post their work are in Tampa). You won't have to wait 48 hours, though. We're likely to post that story later tonight, when it's ready.

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Jan 28, 2009 4:21:10 PM

selling newspapers is a business as well. They try and getcha with the hook so that you will read tomorrow.

It's just business and they will do to help their business.

Posted by: SSGPat | Jan 28, 2009 4:47:32 PM

I am fine with Peppers looking out for #1, and agree with Smith. I made a job change last year....and I sure wasn't looking out for the best interest of the company I was leaving....

Posted by: jason | Jan 28, 2009 4:52:29 PM

Franchise Peppers and trade him, hopefully for some draft picks, similiar to what was done with the Jared Allen trade last year. The Panthers need to keep adding some young pieces to both sides of the ball. If we can get a first round pick and multiple picks in the later rounds I would pull the trigger. Peppers doesn't play with heart. He's a great athlete and a strong player when he wants to be, but that's exactly it, when HE wants to be. Why pay him 17 million+ and he half asses it the whole season like he did in 07. Picks for Peppers.

Posted by: Mr. Cummings | Jan 28, 2009 6:24:09 PM

I hope he tanks where ever he goes. Just like Jevon Kearse in Philadelphia except we should not take him back afterward like Tennessee did for Kearse.

Posted by: FortuneFavorsTheBrave | Jan 28, 2009 8:05:21 PM

Oh gee, Thanks Steve, of course us fans need a lesson on what and how people make there decisions in life. I like you Steve, but that a really ridiculus comment

Posted by: bubba | Jan 29, 2009 6:19:41 AM

hey observer dude, what's the word on Mr. Richerdson. How about telling us somthing that matters, and leave the TMZ news to the pros. We all know that with Jery's health so goes tha panthers futcher. I know his sons are active in the org. but come on , do you realy think they will be as dedicated or as pattent as "dad" has been wth this team. Tell us something we can use, not just the rambilings of a very sucessful nut-case.

Posted by: daniel | Jan 30, 2009 8:02:08 AM

bubba, it's hardly like he issued the statement unprompted. He was asked about another guy's situation, and chose to respond that he didn't care to comment.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 30, 2009 12:56:46 PM

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