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Panthers Steve Smith to be cut today, Ravens ready to swoop

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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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