The uncertain status of New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith is well known around these parts: we’ve wondered aloud several times this season as to whether his desire for a big contract might price him out of the Giants plans moving forward.
Our friends over at Profootballtalk.com had Smith on their PFT Live show, and asked whether Smith thought he would be back with the team that drafted him:
“As a matter of fact I do,” Smith responded to PFT honcho Mike Florio, saying he’d spoken to Jerry Reese, “Coach Coughlin,” and “Mr. Mara,” before the lockout and all parties agreed the player and team should have a future together. “Hopefully we can work out the business side of things and hopefully all this lockout stuff can get worked out soon.”
Smith was reported months ago to be seeking the kind of contract that would make him one of the highest–paid receivers in the league, and when mixed with his serious knee injury and the Giants not–too–desperate situation at receiver, it was fair to wonder if he was on his way out.
But Smith’s tone seems to indicate he really does see himself and the Giants coming to an agreement (despite his somewhat cryptic mention of the “business side of things”).
As long as Smith doesn’t hold out for Calvin Johnson money, he should be back. He’s is one of the more effective receivers in the game in the middle of the field, has a great connection with Eli Manning and, well, let’s be honest, Victor Cruz! is no Steve Smith.
But that brings up the other issue that’s been hanging over his head all offseason. Will he still be the same Steve Smith when he gets back on the field? Florio asked how his knee felt, percentage–wise:
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“I’m not really sure. There’s a bunch of tests I’ve been doing. If I had to start running today I could, but we’re going to backtrack things a little just because of the lockout. We don’t have to push it so much.”