Associated Press file photo
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers will release their all-time leading receiver Steve Smith on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday because the team has yet to announce the decision.
A five-time Pro Bowl selection who ranks 19th all-time in the NFL in receptions, Smith caught 64 passes for 746 yards and four TDs last season helping the Panthers win the NFC South championship.
The decision comes one day after Smith's agent Derrick Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 13-year NFL veteran "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that."
Fox said the Panthers never asked Smith to restructure his current contract and were trying to trade him.
- Questions aplenty as Utah Jazz begin training...
- Danny Ainge speaks about career, Mormon faith
- Heisman Trophy tracker, week 5: Taysom Hill...
- Dick Harmon: NFL's Goodell seeks out Ty...
- Ranking the starting point guards in the NBA...
- BYU football: LB commit Jeremiah Ieremia says...
- BYU players endured tougher-than-usual...
- For BYU, Utah State is 'featured in-state game'
- Opportunity lost: Utes squander lead,... 291
- BYU takes advantage of the bye week,... 93
- Things won't get any easier for... 81
- For BYU, Utah State is 'featured... 57
- Brad Rock: Guaranteed wins don't exist... 54
- Quarterback Travis Wilson, Utes... 44
- Dick Harmon: Undefeated BYU is on... 39
- Mike Leach, the most interesting man in... 37