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Panthers secure Smith through 2012

Updated: May 9, 2007, 2:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- He's only 5-foot-9, went to junior college, was a third-round draft pick and had trouble controlling his temper.

Steve Smith has overcome it all. And on Tuesday he cashed in.

Smith agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers that will keep him with the team through the 2012 season. His agent, Derrick Fox, said he wasn't authorized to release exact figures, but said the Los Angeles native will be among the five highest-paid ...

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