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March 11, 2014

Steve Smith jokes he may be heading to the unemployment line

Steve Smith likes to joke around and have fun, and Twitter is a better place now that Agent 89 has joined it.

Maybe his best quip yet came Tuesday when he told a follower he may be heading toward the unemployment line.

In case you've been under a rock in Charlotte, the Panthers are reportedly trying to trade the longest-tenured Panther, and the team may release him if they can't find a trade partner.

Smith joked that the "Save Steve Smith" movement was a little much--that it's not like he's going away for good.


That led to the creator of the shirt, Brian Blackmore, to reach out to Smith and say the shirt was made out of support. Smith wrote back that he had to poke fun at the shirt but expressed his love for Panthers fans.



We'll keep you all updated with any breaking news on Smith's future in Carolina.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 11, 2014 at 01:53 PM | Permalink


Well if the Panthers cut Smith and don't make the playoffs next year I would hate to be Dave Gettleman!! We have been saying we need a number 2 receiver and if we let our number one go we'll need a 1 and 2. WoW!! How long have we been looking for a 2.

Posted by: Joel | Mar 11, 2014 2:13:28 PM

And Smith would make a great number 2 if we got a number 1, head office is gone mad!!

Posted by: Mark Hayes | Mar 11, 2014 2:20:03 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 11, 2014 2:47:31 PM

I'd hate to tell you all this, but the Panther's should have traded Smith 5 years ago. But as the way the NFL goes, you don't get back what you give up....I mean Moss went to New England for what, a 4th rounder? I like what he brings on the field, but he's not the same man he was 4 years ago.

Posted by: DaveT | Mar 11, 2014 2:57:48 PM

Its good to see SS has a sense of humor. Again, he's rich, he'll continue to get paid millions whether he plays for ANYONE or not. Don't think SS really cares that much - don't pay him, you'd find a different beast come out - that's the SS I've seen over the years!!!

Posted by: chris wagner | Mar 11, 2014 3:01:55 PM

This should be fun to watch. An NFL team with no wide receiver on the roster that could make another NFL team. Cool.

Posted by: amazed | Mar 11, 2014 3:08:11 PM

If he is released or traded, I hope the new team hammers us when we play them. I mean total embarrassment - not even a competition and I hope he sets a new NFL touchdown record that day.

Posted by: me | Mar 11, 2014 3:37:41 PM

I am ok with it as long as we keep Ginn, bring in a solid FA, and draft a receiver in the first round. People like to criticize Lafell, but his numbers were just as good as Smith's last year, and he did it at a fraction of the cost.

Posted by: CLT11 | Mar 11, 2014 3:41:23 PM

Like "amazed" said, no receiver on the team that could make another roster and we release the only one that can make another team. If we have a loser season, we know that our owners are not in it to win it. No one can beat other teams with zero offense, and that is pretty much what we had last year. It would have been a lot worse if SS had not drawn all the double coverage. Production could be defined as drawing doubles to leave someone open to make a play. Too bad we didn't have many players able to take advantage of it.

Posted by: me | Mar 11, 2014 3:42:05 PM

Everyone forgets SS has punched two teammates. He's older, slower and too short for Cam's overthrows. Why lose the 4mill cap space for that.

Posted by: TheBigKat | Mar 11, 2014 3:54:23 PM

Smith will end up in Denver taking Decker's spot and playing for Fox

Posted by: cj | Mar 11, 2014 4:13:12 PM

this is so dumb.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 11, 2014 4:20:45 PM

If we release Smith and end up getting a younger stud WR in FA and either a 2nd WR in the draft or WR, everyone will miss Smith but realize this was in our best interest to move forward. One rule of the FA is never get emotionally connected to a player, so I have to respect Gettleman's decision to see if he can get anything for Smith.

Posted by: Brandon | Mar 11, 2014 6:16:12 PM

correction..."2nd WR in the draft or FA"

Posted by: Brandon | Mar 11, 2014 6:16:40 PM

Everyone follow @save_steve_smith on Instagram or @savestevesmith on twitter!

Posted by: Sand | Mar 11, 2014 9:44:57 PM

Steve Smith hasn't drawn double coverage in years. Ginn was the guy that was being double teamed and he still caught more TD's than Smith.
Can we at least tell the truth...

Posted by: deepenwide | Mar 11, 2014 11:57:48 PM

The T-shirt order is being placed today for the SAVE STEVE SMITH #SaveSmitty T-shirt.


Posted by: Brian Blackmore | Mar 12, 2014 10:15:17 AM

what! Ginn wasn't double more then smitty, plus ginn drops wide open passing gamely. You don't through away a legend like steve l smith, you let him retire a panther. We will miss the best panther ever, and the most loyal. Stop with punching teammate crap, we don't know how and what was said those days, Steve fights for his family, period. They both could of been justifiable who knows. I won't watch panthers anymore, i have been a diehard, break my cell phones when we loose type fan, but no more, back to the skins.

Posted by: justin a blue | Mar 12, 2014 7:31:46 PM

Its really sad people are trying to profit off of this with the shirts, i mean is it going into a good cause, or into your pocket, your sad dude. God bless you smitty, we love you

Posted by: justin a blue | Mar 12, 2014 7:35:17 PM

I am a long-time Panther fan and a huge fan of Steve Smith. It does not make any sense to let Steve leave the Panther team. My sons are PSL ticket owners, and they also support keeping Smith on the team.
He is exciting to watch. What more can I say.

Posted by: t. cooper | Mar 13, 2014 11:42:27 AM

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