As Joe Person acutely points out, Smith refers to the Panthers as 'they' instead of 'we':
"I think the fundamental things the Carolina Panthers are doing right now are huge. I think anybody to say they're not making any moves would be unfair and biased. They're making great changes," Smith said. "The acquisition of drafting Cam is outstanding. Met with him a few times and (was) impressed – very much impressed by Cam."
He certainly doesn't sound like somebody that is considering staying in Charlotte given the terms he used. Sure he is positive on Newton but he doesn't sound like he wants to hand around and wait on the kid to mature. He does give a very legitimate reason for skipping the players-only workouts, citing unspecific 'health concerns' with his wife.
"Right now there's a lot of things on my plate with my wife and her health. My family needs me at home, and that's the most important thing," said Smith, whose wife and three children accompanied him to the Knights' game. "Football right now is the last thing on my mind when it comes to some of the things in the last month that we've been dealing with as a family."
I have no reason to think he's not being truthful in that regard. But if he can make batting practice you would think he could make a work out or two.
Hat tip to Jake_OB for being the first to post this link as a fanshot.