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Smith sees “blood” after getting cut from Carolina
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-There is no loyalty in the NFL.
It’s a league based on money, where the young are pampered and cuddled for their potential talents to be stars, while veterans, who have already proven their stardom, are quickly forgotten and cut from their beloved teams as they get older, even though they were monumental in building the franchise from the ground up.
There are no exceptions to the rules.
It doesn’t matter, whether you are Black or white.
We saw it happen to Peyton manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 .
Therefore, we can’t be shocked that it happened to Steve Smith in 2014, despite all the protests from devoted Panther fans, who still want to see number 84 rant and rave on the sidelines and on the field.
Yes, Steve Smith, now the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver, recently had to come to grip with the harsh reality of being cut from an organization after literally given his all to a team.
The Smith’s situation is similar to an ugly divorce, where families are torn apart after several years of marriage, and the kids wonder why they can’t stay together forever.
Yes, this is what is happening to Steve Smith, who was released from the Panthers on Thursday by general manager Dave Gentlemen, who reportedly said the 35-year old wide receiver had become a “distraction” to the locker room after a season which the Carolina Cats went 12-4 and finished in first place in the NFL South.
Even though Smith is highly upset with his departure from the Queen City, he said he will always love owner Jerry Richardson and his wife.
But, he, however, promised that the Panthers will be seeing blood in the future, especially if he returns to Bank of America Stadium in another uniform later this up-coming season.
With that said, Smith’s new availability has several teams willing to sign the 13-year veteran, especially the Baltimore Ravens, who have reportedly, on Friday, agreed to give the 5’9, 185 pound WR, a three-year contract, worth $12 million, which includes a $3.5 million signing bonus.
By joining the Ravens, Smith will probably play out of the slot position like Wes Walker in Denver, as he teams up with new teammates Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown along side Dennis Pitta at tight end.
This receiving unit should put a smile on the face of QB Joe Flacco, who had 22 interceptions and only 19 touchdowns last season.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org