I hate the media at times. Other times I love them. Usually it is when the topic is regarding one of my teams that dictates whether or not I'm happy what these reporters or expert analysts are talking about. Here is what I'm driving at. I'm on my way into work and even though its an ESPN promo ad, the subject is referring to the Panthers possibly trading either Steve Smith or DeAngelo Williams. The bottom line from that fifteen second excerpt: Carolina is 0-4. Why not make trades to set themselves up nicely for the spring draft and rebuild the organization. More after the jump and after I get my thought process collected because the thought of trading (let alone losing) these valuable Pro Bowlers is sickening to think about.....
It's like this: Carolina had a plan from the on set about going young. Everyone knew what that would possibly entail and from some perspectives, Carolina is rebuilding. As I noted from the last game, the Cats have shown some promise and appear to be getting better. However, is Marty Hurney ready to trade two of the teams best weapons in an effort to rebuild through the draft? The idea seems unlikely but we're without a second round pick next year since we decided to trade back into the third round to acquire Armanti Edwards (who I feel will be a huge contributer next year, depending on how he is utilized). Is a trade worth the price of gaining a couple of more picks to make up for what will be lacking come next April? For the life of me I cannot think of a reason (aside from draft picks) why the Panthers would consider trading Smith or Williams. I have, however, compiled some reasons as to why they need to stay.
Steve Smith: Proven veteran leadership who plays with emotion and high intensity. Did anyone notice how he was the only one who dug into Clausen last week about snapping the ball in time? Smith brings that veteran leadership that really no one else on the team has aside from Jon Beason. Also, Smith is hands down the best WR the Panthers have and to part ways with him would be the equilvalent of offensive suicide. Carolina needs him to help mold these younger receivers into becoming legitimate deep threats. There is also the issue of his health. He broke his arm in the summer and even though he made a fast recovery he has a history of injury issues. Even if he were traded I don't see the value of a draft pick being all that high. Then again, I could be wrong.
DeAngelo Williams: One half of double trouble has really been the only one of the running back tandem to put up decent numbers. However, he has been in a bit of a funk with only one rushing touchdown and no 100 yard performances on the ground. Granted, some of that can be attributed to the O-line but his numbers are down from what we're use to. To lose him would mean putting the burden on Jonathan Stewart who is capable but doesn't seem to be 100%. Mike Goodson is a quality back but still needs work. One reason I can see why a Williams trade is possible is the fact he is in a contract year. I am hoping he is offered a new deal but with the owners and players to yet reach a new deal with the CBA, its likely that won't happen anytime soon. Irregardless, Carolina needs Williams to help take pressure off the passing game and provide some kind of threat in the backfield.
That being said, please sound off. I'm not saying this will happen and remember it was based off what I heard on ESPN radio this evening. The last thing I want to see is a total transformation of Carolina's identity and the loss of two star players who have only known Carolina as their starts in pro football.