Burress, 34, expressed an interest in playing for the Panthers last week because of his family in Charlotte and the team’s myriad of offensive weapons, led by Steve Smith and Rookie-of-the-Year quarterback Cam Newton.
Smith called Burress’ an “exceptional wide receiver”, but also likes the Panthers giving their young receivers time to develop.
“We’ve filled our chairs in the receivers room with already a lot of guys – young and older guys. To bring in Plax [and] to let one of those guys go it wouldn’t be the coach Rivera way. The guys that are in there, they earned those chairs for right now and allowed them to go through training camp,” Smith told NFL Network.
“Now, if some injuries were to happen, that would be one of the persons we would look for to look at,” Smith added. “We don’t really need a guy because we also have guys – Brandon LaFell, David Gettis, [Kealoha] Pilares, [Seyi] Ajirotutu. We have some guys that are trying to make their way into the starting lineup and have a bigger role.
“Adding a guy like that would take away some of their development so I don’t really agree with it. Carolina has already come out and said they’re not interested right now, but he’s an exceptional wide receiver and can help a team. I just don’t think it’s the right fit for us right now.”
If an injury did occur, then it could be prudent to get in contact with Burress, but until that happens the Panthes like what they have at wide receiver this year.