4/1/2014: Carolina Panthers trade for Steve Smith

Streeter Lecka

It takes a steely nerve to admit you've made a mistake.

The Carolina Panthers are finalizing a trade that will send a third round pick in the 2014 draft to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Steve Smith.

Smith was released by the Panthers in March and less than a month later the team realized its starting receivers are Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood, prompting the move. Trading for Smith is a bold decision that upgrades the receiving corps immediately, while ensuring they're not on the hook long term for a high salary.

No official statement has been released at this time, but it's expected the veteran wide receiver will return to wearing his beloved No.89 when he rejoins the Panthers.

"Steve brings a veteran presence that the roster is currently missing at wide receiver. It's not every day you have a chance to have a player of his caliber on your roster, so it makes perfect sense to execute the move now."

It's interesting to see Dave Gettleman eschew his slow, methodical team building in favor of a quick burst, but at least the offense will semi-competent in 2014.

Have a great April everyone.

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