Steve l Smith said he received several text messages from friends around the country about the possibility of him being traded to another team, one of those being the Miami Dolphins, prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline.
In fact, Smith received so many that he went as far as to contact his agent to see if there was any truth to them.
“I heard multiple teams I was going to,” Smith said during the team's open locker session on Wednesday. “You hear the stories about waking up and being traded. You never want to be a guy who wakes up Carolina and hears there is a flight for you going somewhere else, so when you hear that you ask people. I asked my agent if there was anything going on. I got a few texts from different people in different states, so I had to make sure and investigate it.”
When contacted about the rumors, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said they were completely false.
“We had no conversations with anybody about trading Steve Smith,” Hurney said.