- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Smith told The Charlotte Observer’s Joseph Person the only way he’d leave the Panthers right now is if they released him. Well, I think it’s safe to say that’s not going to happen because, as bad as this season has been, it still would be nice for the Panthers to have a No. 1 receiver.
This probably puts an end to any possibility of a trade. If Smith is saying he wants to stay in Carolina, chances are he will. Smith and owner Jerry Richardson have a strong relationship and I don’t think the Panthers would part with Smith, unless he really wanted out.
The same can’t be said for running back DeAngelo Williams, who also has been the subject of a lot of trade speculation. Person reports that Williams also addressed the media on Wednesday and said he’s going about his job as usual because he can’t control if he’s traded or not.
My guess is there’s at least a chance Williams could be dealt by Thursday afternoon. I think the Panthers are willing to listen to offers for a running back that’s not getting a lot of playing time. But it might be tough to find a trade partner willing to take on Williams’ hefty contract.
Although there’s been speculation that Steve Smith could be traded before Thursday afternoon’s deadline, the wide receiver said he plans to finish his career with the Carolina Panthers.