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Steve Smith says he plans to stay in Carolina until he’s cut

Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 09: Receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a receptiona against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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Amid reports that teams are trying to pry receiver Steve Smith away from the G.M.-less Panthers, Smith has chimed in.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Smith said Wednesday that he plans to finish his career in Carolina, unless he’s cut.

Of course, unless he has a no-trade clause in his contract, Smith can be shipped to any other team, regardless of whether he wants to be. Sure, he could retire. But he’d be giving up his remaining compensation -- and he’d be forced to pay back bonus money.

Still, any team that would be making a deal would want Smith to be happy. Because you wouldn’t like him if he’s not happy.

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