Which teams will target Steve Smith?
March, 13, 2014
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN.com
Per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Carolina Panthers are expected to release Steve Smith on Thursday, and it sounds like they are targeting Hakeem Nicks as their primary option to replace him.
But where will Smitty end up? Here is a look at the buzz we've heard thus far:
- Baltimore Ravens: ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes the Ravens are "a favorite" to land Smith, noting that GM Ozzie Newsome "has had success picking up veteran receivers in the past, signing Derrick Mason in 2005 and trading for Anquan Boldin in 2010. Smith is the type of clutch, go-to receiver the Ravens need. He also brings an intensity and work ethic that can rub off on young receivers."
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: As we noted on Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported that "a source said the Buccaneers are another team that would make a lot of sense for Smith." That doesn't necessarily mean they intend to contact the wideout, but the Bucs could use a crafty veteran working alongside Vincent Jackson.