1) What does it tell you that Baltimore, New England, San Diego, Seattle and Washington all showed serious interest in an unemployed man in the first 24 hours after he became unemployed? It tells me -- once again -- that Panther general manager Dave Gettleman made a major mistake by firing Steve Smith and that other teams were standing in line trying to take advantage of it. This was Gettleman's gaffe, and it will haunt him unless the Panthers go 12-4 again.
2) Smith certainly landed well, with a $3.5-million signing bonus with the Baltimore Ravens on the first free-agent visit of his career (and the Panthers still owe him $5 million). And he's an hour plane ride from home. And John Harbaugh is certainly the nicer of the two Harbaugh brothers (and also the only one of them with a Super Bowl ring as a head coach). And Joe Flacco is a heck of a quarterback who was a Super Bowl MVP. And the Ravens' receiving corps is way, way better than Carolina's right now, with Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones already in the fold.
Yes sirrr it official I'm a Raven.... agent89sr— Steve Smith (@89SteveSmith) March 15, 2014
3) Gettleman's five-paragraph statement when releasing Smith did a tiny bit of good in trying to repair the PR damage caused by this move, but not much. He said it was "imperative to take an unemotional global view." I get that. What I don't get is that Gettleman still hasn't answered the main question -- the only question really -- which is: "Why?" As I mentioned on Twitter:
The way Baltimore (and New Eng unsuccessfully) jumped on trying to sign Smith tells me again Gettleman made a mistake on this one.— scott_fowler (@scott_fowler) March 15, 2014
Gettleman has done himself a disservice on this one, first with the roster move itself (here's my original column ripping it) but secondly by choosing not to answer questions from reporters about it. Somebody over at Bank of America Stadium needs to tell him that.
4) The Panthers' game at Baltimore? I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts they stick that one in prime time now when the NFL schedule comes out next month.