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Monday, August 4, 2008
Don't look for Panthers to unload Smith

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Colleague Matt Mosley posted an item earlier where he speculates about the possibility of Carolina receiver Steve Smith getting shipped to the Cowboys.

Makes sense from a Dallas perspective since owner Jerry Jones seems to like wide receivers who get into trouble. But, from Carolina's perspective, I don't see this happening.

Smith is Carolina's best player and the Panthers have a lot invested in him financially and emotionally. Smith is a favorite of owner Jerry Richardson, although it's probably fair to guess Richardson was disappointed about Smith's fight with teammate Ken Lucas on Friday. The team has suspended Smith for the first two regular-season games and you can bet Richardson and Smith have had a long talk.

It wasn't their first, but Richardson had been pleased with Smith's maturity for several years and I don't think the owner is ready to give up on the receiver. Smith may be down to his last chance with the Panthers. But he's going to get that chance. If he squanders it, then the Panthers might be ready to talk to the Cowboys.