Unhappy Smith bids goodbye to Carolina, hello to Baltimore
With some players, it’s just hard to imagine them wearing another jersey after their first team. We’ll have to do that with Steve Smith this season. The wide receiver will move on from the only team he’s ever known, the Panthers, after 13 years.
Smith was cut from the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and he wasn’t happy towards his former team. On the thought of facing Carolina down the road, he told WFNZ, CBS Charlotte radio affiliate, “Put your goggles on because there is going to be blood and guts everywhere.”
He agreed to a 3-year contract with the Ravens. His wish will be granted as the Panthers travel to Baltimore this year. Age might be catching up with him as he only had 745 yards receiving last year (his lowest total since 2010).
Smith had his first impactful season in 2003 with 88 catches for 1,110 yards and 7 touchdowns. His most memorable play came in the NFC Playoffs against the St. Louis Rams on the road as he scored a game-winning touchdown. Carolina later went on to advance to the Super Bowl in those playoffs.
Steve Smith will surely help last year’s struggling Ravens pass offense. Only one Baltimore wide receiver gained more than 600 yards last year (Torrey Smith: 1,128). How far he’ll take the Ravens is yet to be seen. But Baltimore is better off now than it was yesterday.