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Carolina Panther Steve Smith

It was surprising news when the public, as well as 13 year Carolina Panther Steve Smith, heard there was a possibility GM Dave Gettlemen will release the team's all-time leading receiver. Speculation about 34 year old Smith has been rampant over the past week, with little to no talk coming from Gettleman or Smitty. With a receiving core that has been depleted leading up to free agency, it's hard to guess where the Panthers intend to go from here. According to Smith's representative Derrick Fox to the Associated Press, Smith "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just don't know when the transaction is going to take place." According to Fox the Panthers have been trying to trade Smith, but expects him to be released. UPDATE 3/13: We'll miss you Smitty. #panthernation

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 26: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers jumps into the endzone for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during their game on October 26, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers is introduced before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 26: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during their game on October 26, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 1: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers walks on the field during warm-ups prior to a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Steelers won 21-17. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 25: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers pretends to drink from the ball after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins on September 25, 2005 at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Panthers 27-24. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - AUGUST 19: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the air as he is grabbed by Will Peterson #24 of the New York Giants during the game on August 19, 2004 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 27-20. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith looks over his shoulder and rushes into the end zone for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins September 25, 2005 in Miami. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Super Bowl XXXVIII: Panthers v Patriots

    HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with Steve Smith #89 after Smith caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXVIII agains the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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    Super Bowl XXXVIII: Panthers v Patriots

    HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with teammate Kevin Dyson #85 after Smith caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXVIII against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 28: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers waves to some fans in the crowd before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on September 28, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Carolina Panthers won the game 24-9. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 24: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers waves before the preseason NFL game against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium August 24, 2007, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 24: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers waves before the preseason NFL game against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium August 24, 2007, in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Super Bowl XXXVIII: Panthers v Patriots

    HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme in front of Tyrone Poole #38 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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    CHARLOTTE - NOVEMBER 19: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers makes a 27 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against Vontae Davis #21 of the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium on November 19, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after a catch as Nate Clements #22 of the San Francisco 49ers watches on at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 23: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers makes a touchdown catch against Joselio Hanson #23 of the Oakland Raiders during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 6: Steve Smith #89 attempts to catch a pass while defended by Ronde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 6, 2005 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers makes a catch as Keenan Lewis #28 of the New Orleans Saints tries to knock the ball loose during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    SPARTANBURG, SC - JULY 30: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers signs autographs for fans after training camp at Wofford College on July 30, 2011 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers against Antoine Winfield #26 of the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    SPARTANBURG, SC - JULY 30: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball during training camp at Wofford College on July 30, 2011 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers watches as Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers dives for a ball during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers against the Green Bay Packers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers makes a catch against the Washington Redskins at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers takes the field prior to playing against the Washington Redskins at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 30: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers tumbles into the end zone with a 22 yard pass reception against the Minnesota Vikings October 30, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Vikings won 24 - 21. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers tries to get around the tackle of Eric Wright #21 of the Detroit Lions after a second quarter catch at Ford Field on November 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Fans cheer as Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers passes 10,000 total receiving yards during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 1: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers makes a catch for a touchdown against Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 9: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers rushes upfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium September 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in front of Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-12. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 04: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 4, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09: Robert McClain #27 of the Atlanta Falcons tries to tackle Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 23: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers throws the ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 06: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the football after a reception past defensive end John Abraham #55 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 13: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers is unable to make the reception as Jamarca Sanford #33, Xavier Rhodes #29 and Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings look on during the first quarter of the game on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 20: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers scores his 800th career touchdown against Matt Giordano #27 of the St. Louis Rams during play at Bank of America Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-15. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 03: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers breaks a tackle from Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after returning a punt for a touchdown against the New York Giants on December 28, 2003 at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 3: Steve Smith #89 is congratulated by Jake Delhomme #17 and Stephen Davis #48 of the Carolina Panthers after a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFC Wildcard playoff game on January 3, 2004 at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo By Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Officials separate Aqib Talib #31 of the New England Patriots and Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers as the scuffle after a play at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Danny Gorrer #36 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers upends Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers after a catch at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 27-6. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with fans after a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 27-6. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 8: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers talks with a official during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Panthers 31-13. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers makes a catch as Corey White #24 and Keenan Lewis #28 of the New Orleans Saints defend during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27: Steve Smith, wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, watches on during the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 27, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers warms up prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball after a catch in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers catches a touchdown against Tarell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 20: Muhsin Muhammad #87 of the Chicago Bears embraces former teammate Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers after their game November 20, 2005 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panthers, 13-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 20: Carolina Panthers wide receivers Karl Hankton #88, Steve Smith #89, Ricky Proehl #81 and Keary Colbert #83 pose for a photo with wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad #87 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 20, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panthers 13-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    BATON ROUGE, LA - DECEMBER 18: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers avoids a tackle by Will Smith #91 of the New Orleans Saints on his way to scoring a touchdown in the first quarter on December 18, 2005 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    SEATTLE - JANUARY 22: Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers talks with wide receiver Steve Smith #89 during pregame warmups before the NFC Championship Game at Qwest Stadium on January 22, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 1: Steve Smith #89 and Keyshawn Johnson #19 of the Carolina Panthers talk on the field during the game against the New Orleans Saints on October 1, 2006 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 19: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates his 62-yard touchdown reception with his quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 during the second quarter of their game against the St. Louis Rams on November 19, 2006 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 26: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers catches a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on November 26, 2006 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Panthers 17-13. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 26: Steve Smith #89 and head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers greet before the game against the Washington Redskins on November 26, 2006 at
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Chris Weinke #16 and receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers confer on the sidelines during an NFL game against the New York Giants on December 10, 2006, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16: Receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers takes a breather on the sidelines in the final minutes of their 34-21 loss to the Houston Texans at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16: Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers talks with Steve Smith #89 before the game against the Houston Texans at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith plays with quarterback Jake Delhomme February 12, 2006 at the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Wide receivers Donald Driver (left) of the Green Bay Packers and Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers study a play during NFL Pro Bowl NFC Practice at the Ihilani Resort in Kapolei, HI on Wednesday, February 8, 2007. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    arolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins September 25, 2005 in Miami. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 15: Tye Hill #24 of the Atlanta Falcons cannot break-up a touchdown thrown to Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers breaks free upfield against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings against Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)