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The Carolina Panthers have yet to make any official announcement on the subject so it seems that star wide receiver Steve Smith has taken things into his own hands by telling the world he is set to move on, from his Twitter account.

It was well known that Smith and the Panthers had their differences while renegotiating his contract and this was always a possibility that Smith would leave, but to be the one that releases the news is a new one.

Smith broke the news about an hour ago from his official account saying:

"I will always be a Carolina panther No contract can ever change that CLT is my home and will always be my home... I love you #panthernation...

...But I still have a lil bit of football left in me…. #agent89 Out. #iceupson"

Smith has played his entire 12-year NFL career to date with the Panthers and was notedly upset when he found out he wouldn't be given a contract straight away, despite his many years of hard service, and quotes from head office about the situation enraged him further.

It will sting even that bit more knowing that Smith suffered through the franchises hard times and now with Carolina back on the upswing, he won't be a part of it.

Smith's agent Derrick Fox confirmed the news to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

"(Smith) 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 said.

Smith had 64 receptions for 746 yards and four touchdowns last season, helping the Panthers go 12-4 in the regular season and win the NFC South title.

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