Carolina Panthers are ready to part ways with the 'distraction' that is premier wide-receiver Steve Smith.
The five-time Pro Bowl wide-out is a passionate player and it's understood that this approach to his play has finally annoyed both team-mates and coaches.
Smith has received for other 1,000 yards in a season on seven occasions throughout his career, but in 2013 he had somewhat of an average year with only 745 yards from 64 receptions.
He could have counted for $7 million against the cap but now the Panthers will save that money.
The wide-out leaves Carolina will plenty of love for the city and the fans still intact.
He took to Twitter yesterday to air his feelings.
"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."
It's understood that the Panthers were unable to find a team that wanted to trade for the 35-year-old, although the Ravens are reportedly interested in picking him up as a free agent.
Bill Voth posted, "Unable to find a trade partner, the #Panthers will release WR Steve Smith today, officially ending his 13-year career w/the club."
Adam Schefter added, "Carolina plans to release WR Steve Smith today, as @billvoth reported. Let the bidding begin and make Baltimore a favorite."
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