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Ravens might sign Steve Smith if he is released?

Steve SmithSteve Smith has not yet been released by the Carolina Panthers, but a market for his services should shape up in case the team lets him go.

In fact, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun mentions the Ravens as a strong potential landing spot for Smith if the wide receiver is cut. Smith is set to make $3 million from Carolina even if the team cuts him. His cap figure for 2014 is $7 million.

In addition to the Ravens, Wilson says the Buccaneers could make sense for Smith.

Baltimore seems like a great spot for Smith. He has the toughness that would fit in well with that team and the type of personality GM Ozzie Newsome likes. He can still make big plays despite being 35, and Baltimore certainly lacked quality receiving options opposite Torrey Smith.

Keep in mind, though, that things with Smith might take some time to develop as the Panthers are still deciding what they’ll do with him.

Panthers reportedly trying to trade Steve Smith

Steve SmithThe Carolina Panthers reportedly are trying to trade one of their franchise icons and best players in team history.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are “attempting to trade” Steve Smith. Rapoport says Smith’s age (34) and cap number ($7 million) makes it unlikely for the Panthers to find a trade partner.

If the Panthers are unable to trade Smith, it sounds to reason that they could end up cutting him, which would cost them $9 million against the cap, according to Ben Volin.

This report isn’t all that surprising if you connected the dots based on what coach Ron Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman said during the combine. Rivera hinted that Smith might have a smaller role this season, and Gettleman said that the team would be evaluating Smith. The comments caught Smith off guard and seemed to understandably upset him.

Smith has been with the Panthers since 2001. Though he only put up 745 yards on 64 catches last season, he has 836 catches for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns in his career.

Other teams should jump to get him even if his career is winding down.

Steve Smith can’t believe reporter’s dumb question (Video)

Steve SmithSteve Smith has very little patience for your idiotic questions, football reporters.

Smith was asked after his Carolina Panthers lost to the San Francisco 49ers 23-10 on Sunday if he would be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to beat San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game. I guess the reporter’s logic was that Smith would want someone else to beat the team that knocked him out of the playoffs? I really don’t know. Neither did Smith.

Smith had a great response for the reporter.

“You really want me to thump you upside the head?,” Smith said. “That was the dumbest question, and that’s the second dumbest question you’ve asked. I only cheer for one team. Actually, two teams. My team and my kid’s team. Other than that I can give a bleep.”

Thanks for putting it so bluntly, as always, Smith. Smith also deserves a lot of credit for playing well in the Panthers’ playoff game. He caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown despite having a bad knee that kept him at around 60 percent according to most reports.

As for that reporter, well, I guess he’s going to have to go “ice up, son” after that assault.

Helmet smack to Shutdown Corner

Steve Smith upset with Ric Flair for supporting 49ers

Ric FlairRic Flair has somehow become a divisive figure in the NFL playoffs, if you can believe that.

On Saturday night, Flair flew into Wisconsin on a private jet to give the San Francisco 49ers a pep talk prior to their playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. The Niners won the game 23-20, and some credited Flair for being the secret weapon.

Well Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith found out about Flair speaking to the Niners, and he is not happy.

Flair has lived in Charlotte and has been a fan of Charlotte’s sports teams. His “wooo” used to play on the scoreboard during Panthers games. Smith feels like Flair betrayed the Panthers by pumping up the Niners, who will visit Carolina on Sunday for their divisional playoff game.

“That San Francisco bridge has been burned,” Smith said on Monday via Charlotte Observer columnist Tom Sorenson.

Not only do the 49ers have Flair on their side now, but San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick says the Niners owe Carolina a loss from Week 10. We’ll see who comes out on top, and whether Flair makes it up to the Panthers.

Steve Smith to Aqib Talib after the game ‘Ice up son!’ (Video)

Aqib Talib Steve SmithSteve Smith had a great message for Aqib Talib after the Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots 24-20 on Monday night.

NFL Network reporter Albert Breer caught up with Smith for an interview as the receiver was walking off the field. Breer asked him what happened between him and Talib (the two got into it several times earlier in the game). Smith, who is a notorious hot-head and trash talker, offered this answer.

“You’re gonna have to ask him. He didn’t finish the game. Ice up, son.”

Beautiful.

Video via @WillBrinson

Aqib Talib and Steve Smith had a nice fight (GIF)

Aqib Talib Steve SmithIf the main event on Monday night Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots, the co-main event was Aqib Talib vs. Steve Smith.

The Panthers star receiver and Patriots star cornerback went after it throughout the first half. On the Panthers’ touchdown drive in the first quarter, Smith caught two passes for 47 yards. He also helped his team gain 15 yards thanks to the unnecessary roughness penalty Talib committed by holding onto Smith’s leg (as seen in the GIF at the top).

GIFs via GIFD Sports, Bleacher Report

Steve Smith: Janoris Jenkins needs to wear some condoms

steve-smithCarolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is still not ready to let go of his his anger toward St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins. After their two teams squared off on Sunday, Smith blasted Jenkins and said he would punch him in the mouth if he ever saw him on the streets.

Smith claimed he was angry that Jenkins googled information about him and said derogatory things about his wife. He reiterated that during an interview with Taylor Zarzour and Marc James on WFNZ the Fan in Charlotte on Tuesday.

“When I go against the opponent I talk and I may say hey I beat you and any of that stuff. But I’m not going to Google a guy’s wife’s name and try to find out little things,” Smith said, per Eye on Football. “It wasn’t just him, it was other guys on that defense that was saying it. And just to go to that extent.

“I talk mess and I love talking mess and that’s part of the game. But I would never walk up to a guy — first of all I don’t really know outside of watching him on video — and Google his wife’s name and her birthday and call her outside of her name and call that in the jest of sportsmanship or gamesmanship. … That’s not my deal. I take that as clear disrespect.”

Smith then decided it was his turn to get personal.

“It sounds like he needs to wear some condoms,” Smith added. “That’s what it sounds like he needs to wear.”

Jenkins has four children by three different women. He defended himself as a responsible father when he was entering the draft and was facing character concerns last April. Whatever Jenkins said to Smith, it obviously set him off to the point where he was still steaming about it 48 hours later.