Today's Charlotte Observer brings us a good bit of NFL news, given the fact that it's June (traditionally the slowest month in the NFL) and we're in the middle of a lockout with no end in sight.
Joseph Person talked to Steve Smith last night at the Charlotte Knights' batting practice, where Smith and several other Panthers took some cuts.
And David Scott brought us news of Michael Vick's new book, where he sets the record straight in an autobiography co-written with former Charlotte Observer reporters Charles Chandler and Brett Honeycutt.
Smith sounded like he was on his best behavior, praising both new Panther coach Ron Rivera and new No.1 draft pick Cam Newton (although he was noncommital about whether he wanted to be here in 2011).
I'm still not sure the Panthers will ultimately move Smith, even though indications certainly point that way. They will have to find a willing trade partner, which is sometimes easier said than done.
As for the Vick book -- which can be preordered here -- I am greatly looking forward to reading it. I know Vick's story is compelling, and I know Chandler and Honeycutt are exemplary reporters with a desire for the truth. Charles Chandler and I co-wrote what was the first book for both of us way back in 1997 -- it was called "Year of the Cat" and chronicled the Panthers' startling second year, when they got to the NFC championship game. So I know firsthand what an excellent and disciplined reporter and writer Charles is. Can't wait to read it.