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Panthers officially release Steve Smith, are the Ravens his next stop?

The Panthers officially part ways with the former face of their franchise.

Steve Smith is now officially a free agent.
Steve Smith is now officially a free agent.

It's official, former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is on the market.

Smith is expected to receive plenty of attention on the open market, especially because he'll likely come on the cheap as the Panthers will owe him $3 million regardless of where he signs. There is no offset salary language in Smith's contract.

According to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, there is mutual interest between Smith and the Ravens. Personally, I love the idea of Smith signing with the Ravens on nothing more than a two-year deal.

Here's a post I wrote earlier in the week with five reasons Steve Smith is a perfect fit for the Ravens in 2014.

Click here to read.

The Panthers also issued some statements on Smith's release: