The Chicago Bears have witnessed wide receiver Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers at his best. He seems to have a knack for having some of his best games against the Bears. The best of the best was his performance against the Bears in the 2005-6 playoffs, when he put on a clinic with 12 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns. And being at that game, I can promise you he would have had even more yards if the Panthers decided to throw him the ball.
In 2012, Smith signed a four-year, $37.5 million dollar contract. This seems a bit high for a guy that’s turning 34 this off season. Granted, this deal was approved before last season, when the Panthers appeared to be one the NFC‘s stronger teams, but with Cam Newton‘s sophomore slump and the Panthers seeming to be running in the mud, it didn’t turn out to be such a great move.
And of course, there’s grumblings out of Tobacco Country that Smith isn’t a happy camper. With his age being on the wrong side of 30 and the Panthers looking to potentially rebuild, perhaps the Bears could bring in their second top-tier wide receiver via trade.
Based on his age and contract, the Bears could probably swing a deal for one-or-two middle round choices. Considering that the Panthers have a new GM and want to get younger, Smith may not fit into those plans. Plus, playing with Brandon Marshall on the Bears would only help his career.
It makes sense for all-parties involved. The only issue is with Smith’s contract. He’s have to be willing to renegotiate his deal because with Jay Cutler‘s pending contract, the Bears don’t want to be locked in to too many guys on the wrong side of 30. They have plenty of those up-and-down the roster.
While I know this is a stretch and many of you think I am nuts, this is the type of guy the Bears need to get a lot better in 2013.