Panthers trying to trade Steve Smith, could release him

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith looks on during the Clemson football Pro Day on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)  Steve Smith during Clemson’s Pro Day last week. (Rainier Ehrhardt / AP)

Like Darrelle Revis, Steve Smith is another player who is likely to be traded or released as the NFL free agency deadline approaches at 4 p.m. EDT.

The Carolina Panthers, according to multiple reports, are trying to work a deal for the 34-year-old wide receiver, whose salary is due to count $7 million against the salary cap this year. Smith has spent 13 seasons with the Panthers and has caught 836 passes for 12, 197 yards and 67 touchdowns, but his numbers fell precipitously in 2013.

Without Smith, the Panthers would have no receivers on the roster who caught a pass last season.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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