Between comments from his agent and his own twitter account, Steve Smith will not return with the Carolina Panthers.
Some fantasy football players may wonder what the big deal is about the 34-year-old Smith. Listed as 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, it is incredible to see the type of numbers that this receiver has produced throughout his career. With the arrival of Cam Newton to the Panthers in 2011, Smith saw a resurgence in his career. Not only did he have 1,394 receiving yards in 2011, but he also caught seven touchdown passes and had six games with 100 receiving yards or more.
Although he struggled in 2013, Smith is still a top talent that many teams will pursue. Defenses still worry about covering him, and Smith would instantly improve any offense. Smith is past the point of being the premiere wide receiver of a team, but he is a solid second option for any quarterback.
Even with being so talented, many people wonder how much Smith really has left in the tank. It would be surprising if he is still playing in two years, and he probably isn’t looking for a team that is rebuilding. If he wants to find a team that can win the Super Bowl before he retires, the Baltimore Ravens are one of his best options.
Along with Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta, the Panthers wide receiver would find himself as a powerful weapon for Joe Flacco. He hasn’t been known for racking up a huge amount of touchdowns, but I think that would change with the Ravens. To cover all three of the receivers mentioned above would be nearly impossible, and many openings would appear in the end zone. The Panthers have a hard time finding a balanced attack that doesn’t rely entirely around Newton, but the Ravens would provide more stability to Smith.
Even though Smith would not be the primary focus of the offense, he still would be an integral part. Draft Smith with confidence if he signs with the Ravens.