The agent of NFL wide Steve Smith receiver says the 34-year-old will not return to the Carolina Panthers next season.
Smith appeared in 15 games for the Panthers last season catching 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns.
The Panthers have been trying to trade Smith in recent days. His agent Derrick Fox relayed to the Associated Press that the team had not approached him about a restructured deal and said that Smith’s time with the Panthers had come to an end.
Smith is owed $7 million this season ($3 million of which is owed by the Panters as a bonus). His contract runs though 2016.
“Where we are disappointed is the fact he signed an extension to stay loyal to the club and complete his career as a Panther,” Fox said. “That is why we did the long-term team deal. Now we are at a crossroads where the Panthers don’t want him anymore.”
Smith has been a standout with the Panthers since joining the team in 2001. Over a career that has spanned 13 seasons he has caught 836 passes for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns. Prior to 2013 he had recorded back to back 1,000 yard seasons.
Gone are the days of Smith being an elite NFL wide out but if he hits the open market there should be plenty of teams lining up to take a flyer on him.