Carolina Panthers looking for Steve Smith trade

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The Carolina Panthers are looking to trade their veteran wide receiver, Steve Smith according to's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport tweeted earlier: "The #Panthers are attempting to trade WR Steve Smith, per source. Given his $7M cap number and age (34), seems unlikely."

As Rapoport alluded to in his tweet, the Panthers are unlikely to find any suitable trade partners due to the nature of Smith's contract and his age.

The Panthers' GM, Dave Gettleman has reportedly been unwilling to have Smith on the team for such a large amount of money at his age.

The move seems to be part of a conscious strategy by the Panthers front office to move away from the leadership of Smith and focus on QB Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly.

However, this could prove costly for Carolina as their remaining wide receiver's have little NFL experience, are not valued particularly highly and with the Panther's current cap situation it would seem unlikely that they would find an adequate replacement.

The most likely scenario is that the Panthers will end up cutting Smith and then finding a cheap replacement in either free agency or the upcoming draft.

Smith has played for the Panthers for 13 years and has amassed over 12,000 receiving yards.

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