Now that Steve Smith is a Baltimore Raven, he’s letting bygones be bygones.
The veteran receiver told the Charlotte Observer that he no longer concerns himself with his former employer — the Panthers, who dumped Smith and three other wideouts this offseason.
“Not that I’m upset, not that I’m mad. It’s just the facts of the business,” Smith said. “Brandon LaFell is a New England Patriot. Ted Ginn is an Arizona Cardinal. And Domenik Hixon a Chicago Bear. Those are my brothers, those are my friends.
“Who your current employer is does not eliminate or change the friendship and the camaraderie that you’ve built over the years. … Just because we collect checks from different organizations doesn’t mean that all of a sudden we cut each other off.”
Following 13 seasons, Smith was released by the Panthers last month as part of what general manager Dave Gettleman deemed the team’s “evaluation process.”
Despite the unceremonious sendoff, Smith holds no ill will.
“What’s in the past is in the past,” he said. “At the end of the day, you go to the kitchen, you get a washcloth, you pick up the spilled milk and you move on. That’s what I’m doing. I’m moving on.”
The upcoming season will represent a changing of the guard for Smith, who’s ready to tackle his newest endeavor. The 34-year-old may be short on height, but not confidence.
“I look good in purple. So I’ll be fine,” he said.