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89 Steve Smith WR
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 5/12/1979 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Utah | NFL Experience: 14 | Owned/Started%: 96/38 | Average Draft Position: 64.72
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Ron Rivera: Steve Smith should ease off in practice sometimes


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said receiver Steve Smith, now with the Ravens, is still an explosive, dynamic player. But Rivera said the soon-to-be 35-year-old needs to take it easier in practice.

"He's going to wear himself down," Rivera said, per ESPN.com. "Steve wants to take every rep. I'll give you an example. We tell Steve, 'Today's your day off.' We go out there and he's in pads. He says, 'I just want to wear them out when I go through drills.' The next thing you know he's in team drills.

"That's just the way he is. He wants to do everything all the time."


Joe Flacco, receivers to get early start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will work out with his receivers before the team's offseason program.

"Joe has communicated that through texts, and Torrey [Smith] has told me that they have a session planned and are trying to work out the dates," coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. "I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes. It is important. It's big."

Flacco's receiving corps includes Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and tight end Dennis Pitta. Flacco threw 19 touchdowns and a career-high 22 interceptions last year.


Harbaugh: Steve Smith has plenty left


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday that new receiver Steve Smith can still play at a high level.

"I think Steve Smith can still play," Harbaugh said. "We watched the tape — not just from last year but previous years. Numbers are part of it. He's not the same jet that he was when he was younger.

"After the catch, what he used to do is he would make a catch and he'd run a wide arc and just outrun the defender. That’s the one thing that you don't see anymore. He'll usually get tackled on an angle now. But that’s something he's even talked about improving and making a tighter transition after the catch and getting upfield after the catch more quickly, so that's something he's probably going to adapt. But he's still got plenty left. He's going to help us."


Steve Smith okay being a 'complementary dude'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith, a five-time Pro Bowler, said he has no problem being the No. 2 receiver to Torrey Smith. “I don’t see myself in coach [Gary] Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith told the team's website. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Steve Smith gets $3.5 million signing bonus


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Steve Smith's three-year contract with the Ravens is worth $11 million, including a $3.5 million signing bonus, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The Panthers' all-time leading receiver said he chose Baltimore because he loves coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens' offensive scheme.

"There was a lot of familiarity, and it had a fresh perspective," he said.

Smith gets to face his old team in 2014, a game he said will feature "blood and guts everywhere."


Report: Ravens land WR Steve Smith


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/14/2014) It took one day for the Ravens to get receiver Steve Smith on board. ESPN reports that the two sides reached an agreement after the Panthers cut Smith on Thursday. It appears to be a three-year deal.

Smith caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns last year, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive season. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 


Steve Smith to meet with Ravens first


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Recently released wide receiver Steve Smith is not wasting much time getting over his release by the Panthers Thursday, as he has already set up his first free agency visit. According to ESPN.com, Smith will meet with the Ravens Friday about possibly joining the team as an unrestricted free agent.

Smith seemed to lose a step in 2013, posting his lowest yards per catch average in a healthy season. He finished with 745 yards on 64 receptions, with four touchdowns in 15 games. 


Steve Smith is officially a free agent


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) The Panthers have officially released Steve Smith. The veteran receiver spent 13 seasons with the team. He caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive year. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 

Per the Charlotte Observer, Smith did have the opportunity to name five teams he wanted to get traded to but a deal couldn't be consummated. The five teams -- Baltimore, Dallas, New England, San Diego and Tampa Bay -- could be potential landing spots for Smith. ESPN has already reported that the Ravens are a "favorite" to land Smith's services.


Steve Smith's release reportedly happening Thursday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) A league source says the Panthers will release 13-year veteran Steve Smith on Thursday, according to The Sports Xchange's Bill Voth. Smith will be designated as a post-June 1 cut, meaning the $4 million in dead salary cap space he'll cost the Panthers will be spread out over two seasons. 

Smith was viewed as a "distraction" inside the organization after underwhelming last year. He caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive year. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 

There is already speculation via ESPN that the Ravens will ink Smith to a contract following his release.


Steve Smith tweets goodbye to Panthers fans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Panthers receiver Steve Smith, expected to be released soon, tweeted his goodbye to Panthers fans. "I will always be a Carolina Panther, no contract can ever change that," Smith wrote, adding Charlotte will always be his home.

Smith said he "still has a little bit of football left."


Steve Smith won't play for Panthers next year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The agent for Carolina receiver Steve Smith, Derrick Fox, told the Associated Press that his client "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place."

Fox expects the Panthers, who are trying to trade Smith, to release him. The team has not asked Smith to restructure his deal. The five-time Pro Bowler is Carolina's all-time leading receiver.

Baltimore has been mentioned as a potential landing spot.


Report: Steve Smith's release not happening right away


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) The Panthers might eventually have to part ways with Steve Smith, but according to NFL Network it's not happening Tuesday

Between Smith's contract and his production after last season speculation has long been that he will get released. There have already been reports that if he is released that the Ravens will line up for him. But there was also a report that the Panthers were trying to trade Smith. 

The veteran is due to count $7 million against the salary cap in 2014. 


Report: Ravens could be Steve Smith's next team


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Should the Panthers release wideout Steve Smith on Tuesday, the Ravens "are expected to emerge as a strong potential landing spot," reports the Baltimore Sun. Smith "fits the Ravens' mold as an aggressive, tough wide receiver who could fill the void that the team has had since Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers before last season," the report said.

The Buccaneers are another potential destination, according to the paper.


Report: Panthers trying to trade Steve Smith


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Panthers are trying to trade 34-year-old wideout Steve Smith, reports NFL Network. A deal seems unlikely given Smith's age and his $7 million cap number, the report said.

Smith met with general manager Dave Gettleman last week to discuss his future with the team.


Steve Smith still preparing to be in Carolina


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) Panthers receiver Steve Smith was vague and evasive about his future with the team, reports ESPN. 

Smith was asked specifically about his meeting with general manager Dave Gettleman on Tuesday to discuss why the organization has been so vague about him returning. He avoided specifics.

"Here's all I have to say about it," Smith said. "I am working out and doing all the things as I am a Carolina Panther. That's where I am. And I'll continue to move forward until I am told otherwise."

The Panthers could decide to release Smith, 34, soon. He is scheduled to make $4 million this year and count $7 million against the salary cap.


Steve Smith clears the air with Panthers GM


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Steve Smith met with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman in what the Charlotte Observer described as "more of a clear-the-air meeting than anything." The franchise's all-time leading receiver was upset when Gettleman last month sounded non-committal about Smith's future with the team.

Gettleman called Smith "part of the evaluation process." Smith, who turns 35 in May, produced 745 receiving yards last season, second fewest of his career. He's scheduled to make $4 million this year and count $7 million against the cap.


Steve Smith miffed at Panthers GM


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Panthers receiver Steve Smith took umbrage at general manager Dave Gettleman's comment last week that he was evaluating Smith's role on the team, reports ProFootballTalk.com. Smith told WBT-AM he wishes Gettleman had spoken to him first.

“To be honest, I’m not really sure what to make of it,” Smith said. “That’s the first time I heard that being said. I wish I would have been afforded an opportunity to be given a heads-up from our G.M. ... The unfortunate part is, I had to hear it secondhand. No one spoke to me face to face. It’s a little discouraging. I guess, as they say, it’s part of the business.”

The report said the Panthers might want to reduce the 34-year-old Smith's salary "to get his compensation back in line with his role."


Panthers don't consider Steve Smith a go-to guy


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) The Panthers don't consider Steve Smith a No. 1 receiver any more. Smith turns 35 in May and produced just 745 receiving yards last season.

"We're going through our process, and Steve is a part of what we're doing going forward," coach Ron Rivera told the team's website. "How big of an impact he's going to have for us, that's going to be determined as we go through the draft process and through free agency. We'll see.

"It's all about the evaluations. We have to look through everything. There's a lot of scenarios that we're putting together as a football team. But Steve's part of who we are, and we'll go from there."


Panthers GM on Steve Smith: 'No one plays forever'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman didn't sound 100 percent committed to keeping Steve Smith, who's owed $7 million in 2014. Gettleman said Smith is part of the team's offseason "evaluation process" and that "no one plays forever," according to NFL Network.

However, cutting Smith would save Carolina only $2 million in cap room.


Steve Smith finds the end zone


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith managed to find the end zone against San Francisco.

Smith was coming off a knee injury, but it was hard to tell watching him. He got off to a strong start, catching all four of his passes during the first half of the game. He made an exceptional catch on a 31 yard touchdown throw by quarterback Cam Newton. Smith finished the game with 74 yards. He was targeted just one time, and had zero catches after halftime. 


Steve Smith active against 49ers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Panthers WR Steve Smith is active against the 49ers.

Smith is dealing with a knee injury, and was limited in practice all week. He came into the game listed as questionable on the team's injury report. 


Steve Smith positive he'll play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is "positive" he'll play Sunday, according to NFL.com.

Smith has been dealing with a knee injury that has limited in practice all week. It looks like he'll be able to go against the 49ers.


Steve Smith insists he'll be active for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has claimed through Instagram that he will play in the Sunday playoff game against San Francisco.

"Damn right I'm playing wouldn't miss this for the world," he wrote per the Charlotte Observer.

Smith is listed as questionable with a knee injury. The team has yet to confirm his availability.


Three Panthers questionable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and wide receiver Steve Smith have been deemed questionable for the playoff game Sunday against San Francisco with knee issues. Defensive tackle Colin Cole has received the same designation with a calf injury.

Listed as probable are tight end Ben Hartsock (knee) and safety Quintin Mikell (thumb).


Steve Smith questionable for game against Niners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Panthers wideout Steve Smith is listed as questionable for the playoff game Sunday against San Francisco. He has been dealing with a knee problem that forced him out of Friday practice.