The Carolina Panthers decided against releasing Steve Smith on Tuesday, but it appears his days in Carolina are over despite the lack of a release.
Earlier today, Smith’s agent suggested that a trade or release would be coming (likely suggested a release) though said he did not know when such a move would take place.
Now Smith seems aware that he’s played his final game in Carolina as he posted a heartfelt goodbye to fans on Twitter this afternoon.
"I will always be a Carolina panther No contract can ever change that CLT is my home and will always be my home… I love you #panthernation But I still have a lil bit of football left in me…. #agent89 Out. #iceupson"
Smith has played his entire 12-year NFL career with the Panthers, so leaving has to be pretty painful. It probably makes it worse that Smith suffered through the franchises down portion and now with Carolina back on the upswing, he’ll be leaving.
Smith’s agent said earlier today that he will not play a game for the Panthers next season, so the marriage – sweet as it was – appears to be over.
The veteran wide receiver reportedly has the Baltimore Ravens near the top of his wish list if he is released.