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NFL Rumors: Panthers Plan On Trading Steve Smith?

ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas writes that some of the Carolina Panthers officials have given him the impression that they’re willing to trade WR Steve Smith once a CBA agreement is reached.

“After spending lots of time around Carolina officials at the NFL owners meeting, it’s obvious there’s a real chance Smith could be gone from the only team he’s ever played for as soon as the lockout ends,” Yasinskas writes.

Smith was rumored to be on the trading block during last years offseason but a deal never gained any traction. Some of the teams that were rumored to be interested in Smith included: the Baltimore Ravens,Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams.

Smith will be 32 once the 2011 season is underway and has seen his numbers decrease over the last two season but that is probably due to the poor quarterback play rather than his ability. Despite these concerns, Smith could be a valuable asset for a team in need help at the wide-receiver position. The next question to be answered will be what exactly the Panthers are looking for in return.