Dave Gentleman and Ron Rivera have been deciding on whether to resign thirteen year veteran Steve Smith. Smith has been with the Panthers since day one and was enthusiastic about the fact that someday he will retire as a Panther. Smith is the most productive wideout for Carolina, but isn't performing to their standards.
Ron Rivera is very impressed at this depth at wide receiver, which is a very high priority for the Panthers this offseason. If the Panthers cut Steve Smith and get more wideouts in the draft, Smith will get a guaranteed five million from Carolina, and will give the Panthers a two million dollar cap hit.
I believe the Panthers will keep Steve Smith for the 2014-2015 season, and Smith would then retire after the completion of the season.