WR Steve Smith Could End Up in Tampa
According toJonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, the Tampa BayBuccaneerscould be the landing spot for Panthers WRSteve Smith.
Source says, along with Ravens, the Raiders or Bucs could be a landing spot for Steve Smith
Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) March 12, 2014
Smith is 34 and he still has three years left on his four-year, $37.75 million contract and will count$7 million against the teams 2014 salary cap. He totaled 64 receptions for745 yards and four touchdowns.
According toOverTheCap.com, thePanthers will not release Smith outright in order to avoid taking a cap hit of $2 million. It's possible thatCarolina will designate him as a post June-1 release. If they do, they could end up with $4 million in cap relief that could be used towards their draft class.
Derrick Fox, the agent forSmith, toldThe Associated Presson that Smith will leave.
[Smith] is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just dont know when that transaction is going to take place.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sunreports that theRavens are also expected to keep an eye onthe Steve Smith situation.
Ravens are expected to closely monitor the Steve Smith situation, according to sources.
Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 12, 2014
Citing league sources, Wilson also says thatthe Ravens are expected to emerge as a strong contender inSmith's decision, should he be released.
Wilson added that the Buccaneers would truly make a lot of sensefor Smith.
Ian Rapoport was thefirst to report that the Panthers areattempting to tradeSmith on Monday.
The #Panthers are attempting to trade WR Steve Smith, per source. Given his $7M cap number and age (34), seems unlikely.
Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2014