Panthers, Steve Smith divorce close?
The Carolina Panthers were serious when they said the status quo wasn't good enough. General manager Dave Gettleman appears to be on the verge of cutting Steve Smith, the leading receiver in franchise history and one of the team's most popular players. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Panthers are attempting to trade Smith -- a move often made by teams trying to get something for a player they intend to let go. A Panthers spokesman would not confirm the report Monday, saying there was "nothing new" to Smith's situation. With Smith's $7 million salary-cap figure this year and his declining numbers in 2013, the Panthers could have trouble obtaining anything of value for...