As I pointed out in an earlier post, wide receiver Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers appears to be out of town. The California native reportedly has two teams whom he’d love to get traded to: The Oakland Raiders and their hated rival, the San Diego Chargers.
Smith is considered by most as a guy who might help turn a franchise around and definitely could bring a team a few extra wins. The Raiders are a franchise that, with some extra victories, could make extreme noise in the playoffs.
Oakland also has an extremely young receiving corps who could definitely use a polished veteran like Smith.
Sounds like a match in heaven, and I think it is.
What Smith would bring to the Raiders is a proven number one receiver who could come in and energize a somewhat lackluster fan base. He’s got Raider attitude and is a feisty player.
Oakland is on the verge of a playoff berth, and Smith would surely push them over the top.
He provides an excellent combination with the lengthy guys, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Chaz Schilens, while giving a double threat with speedster Jacoby Ford.
Smith would come significantly cheap, and the Raiders would do well to acquire him. Even just to make sure that San Diego doesn’t.