Steve Smith‘s son recently took to Twitter, suggesting the undefeated Panthers should trade all of their wide receivers to Baltimore so his dad could have a homecoming in Carolina.

Aside from the rather obvious caveat that Smith took a metaphorical blowtorch to the Panthers‘ front office last October, it’s a swap that makes a lot of sense.


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The 1-5 Ravens have just a 2.4 percent chance of reaching the postseason, per Football Outsiders’ playoff odds. The undefeated Panthers, meanwhile, are at 89.3 percent.

Carolina’s most glaring weakness is at wide receiver, where the drop-prone trio of Ted Ginn, Corey Brown and Devin Funchess lacks physicality and the ability to come down with the ball in traffic.

Who wouldn’t want to see one of the most successful postseason performers in NFL history playing in January with a chance to bolster his already strong Hall of Fame case?

Baltimore’s brass, apparently.

The Ravens are unlikely to trade Smith, Yahoo’s Eric Edholm reports. In fact, Edholm adds, the team is more likely to try to convince the 36-year-old to put off retirement and return for the 2016 season.

Edholm’s source indicated that Smith has been informed by Ozzie Newsome that the general manager has no designs on dealing him ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline.

Can we appeal to a higher power, such as Panthers owner Jerry Richardson?

Smith and Richardson have formed a mutual admiration society over the years.

I love Jerry Richardson. Since my grandfather died, he’s been a guy I really lean on as an older father figure,” Smith said during the offseason. “What I look to Mr. Richardson for is something greater than football. It has to do with everything he’s taught me and the opportunities he’s given me. He’s given me an opportunity here in Charlotte, that my kids will never have to deal with the surroundings that I had to growing up. I owe him everything. He’s given me the opportunity to change my life, my kids’ lives, for generations, and I owe him a debt of gratitude that I can never repay.”

For the sake of football fans across the globe, make that back-room deal happen, Mr. Richardson. We’re begging you.

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