Originally written April 10, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
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Steve Smith had a career revitalizing year in 2011 and he teamed with Cam Newton for 79 catches for 1394 yards and 7 touchdowns. He ranked 5th in the league in receiving and proved once again he was one of the league’s premier receivers, even at age 32. He was a free agent after the 2012 season and this extension will add 3 more years onto his existing deal.However, this deal is absolutely ridiculous. It’s worth 18 million guaranteed from 2013-2015 and up to 36 million max. Steve Smith will be 34-36 years old in that stretch. You don’t guarantee a 34-36 year old wide receiver 18 million dollars, especially one as reliant on speed as Smith. Speed is normally the first thing to go on a receiver. Smith could be a shell of his former self in 2 years or less and he wouldn’t even be halfway through his extension by then.It’s ridiculous that Steve Smith got more in guaranteed money over 3 years than Reggie Wayne got in total money over 3 years, even though Wayne doesn’t turn 34 until Novem...
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