CHARLOTTE NC - DECEMBER 19: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers points to the Arizona Cardinals sideline during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 19 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
*This article is referring to Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers.
The Baltimore Ravens decided to go with a lot of veteran receivers last year. Whether it paid off or not is up to interpretation; overall, I would say that the four-man group of Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Donte Stallworth did not live up to expectations. Houshmandzadeh and Stallworth aren't coming back once the lockout ends, and the Ravens were wise to go for youth in the draft with Torrey Smith. Could they be in the market for acquiring the Panthers' Steve Smith though?
Steve Smith, who has caught 620 passes for 8,884 yards and 52 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Panthers, wants out of Charlotte, according to Tom Sorensen of The Charlotte Observer. And Sorensen reported that a source told him that Baltimore is one of Smith’s two destinations of choice (San Diego is the other).
Smith has been stuck in a terrible situation in Carolina the past couple of years. I sometimes lose respect for receivers who fail to get motivated because they are losing, but with how bad the Panthers have been at the quarterback situation, I can't really blame him as he approaches the end of his career.
Smith's interest in Baltimore in no way means the Ravens will actually want him, and it doesn't mean Carolina has to trade him anywhere either. Nonetheless, would Smith being in Baltimore make them tougher, or will it be a negative for them considering his age and the fact that he'd probably want some playing time over Boldin or Mason?