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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Readers reponding with Smith-like emotion

By David Newton

I'm reading through the comments readers are making in what could be the final hours of Steve Smith's career with the Carolina Panthers.

Smith
Shock.

Anger.

Disbelief.

Indifference.

The emotions are all over the place on this one. That's expected. Fans are supposed to be emotional. Some are more emotional than Smith, whose passion is what makes him attractive to many of you.

The one thing we know about Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman is he takes emotion out of the equation.

So whether you agree or disagree with his decision to shop the team's all-time leading receiver, which likely will lead to a decision to cut Smith some time after 4 p.m. ET today, he's doing what he believes is best for the long-term interest in team.

And life will go on in Charlotte and the NFL.

But for now the emotion is raw, so I'd like to share a few comments for those that don't read past the story:
Emotions will continue to soar today as the reality of what appears likely to happen sinks in.

But at the end of the day, life will go on in Charlotte and the NFL.