Steve Smith to Raiders or Chargers?

May, 5, 2011
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The website, Football News Now, is reporting that Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith wants to be traded to either the San Diego Chargers or the Oakland Raiders. Smith is a California native.

I don’t think Smith will be in control of where he goes, but let’s take a look if he fits in with either the Raiders or the Chargers.

Oakland: The Raiders have long needed a veteran receiver. But do they have any room for one? Oakland drafted two more receivers last week and is teeming with young, talented receivers. Acquiring a veteran like Smith, who will turn 32 next week, could impede the development of some of these players.

But Al Davis has liked to acquire veteran receivers in the past and Smith could help Oakland. Smith is nearing the end, but he can still help a team some. He had 46 catches for 554 yards in 2011.

San Diego: This reminds of when linebacker Joey Porter mentioned he wanted to go to San Diego last year because it was near his home. That was fine. But the feeling wasn’t mutual.

I could see that being the case here. Smith doesn’t seem like the type of player San Diego general manager A.J. Smith would bring in. San Diego has solid footing at receiver, anyway. I don’t see the fit.

Denver may not be located in California, but it could be Smith’s best bet of landing in the AFC West. Former Carolina coach John Fox has been a fan of Smith and he could be interested in bringing him for the short term.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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