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NFL Free Agency Rumors: San Diego Chargers made 'aggressive play' to sign Steve Smith

Nov 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Panthers won 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Panthers won 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Smith will be sending goggles to Panthers fans this season, as his new team in Baltimore will be welcoming his old team from Carolina to town in 2014. But while the drama between Steve Smith and the Panthers resulted in his exit to the Ravens, another team swooped in and tried to steal Smith away and bring him out west.

According to the San Diego Union-Times, the San Diego Chargers made an ‘aggressive play’ to try and sign Smith after he was cut by the Panthers this week.

Per the San Diego Union-Times:

General Manager Tom Telesco made an aggressive play for Smith after the former Panthers wide receiver officially became a free agent Thursday afternoon. Smith, who signed with the Ravens on Friday, told Baltimore media that the Chargers offered him a contract. The Redskins, Seahawks and Patriots also expressed interest, he said.

The Ravens, Patriots and Buccaneers were all rumored to have interest in Smith but he only met with one team and no others. Smith in San Diego would have been an interesting option, but it appears that Baltimore may end up being the better fit.

Tags: NFL Free Agency 2014 San Diego Chargers Steve Smith

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