Wide receiver Steve Smith has broken his silence on social media about his future in professional football.
Smith is currently a member of the Carolina Panthers where he has played since 2001.
Just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Smith posted a message online on his Twitter account saying "God has a plan... sometimes it just hurts find out what it is."
"I will always be a Carolina panther," Smith tweeted. "No contract can ever change that CLT is my home and will always be my home... I love you #panthernation."
The tweets come after Associated Press sports writer Steve Reed broke a story online that Smith had played his final snap for the Carolina Panthers.
Smith's longtime representative Derrick Fox told Reed on Wednesday that Smith "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place."
Fox said the Panthers have been trying to trade Smith, but expects he will ultimately be released.
Fox told Reed that Smith, a 13-year NFL veteran, would have preferred to finish his career with Carolina, the team that drafted him in the third round in 2001.
"I love you guys, the support is unbelievable," Smith wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon. "What ever happens my heart will be here in Carolina. I will #KeepPounding until i'm told otherwise."
Smith's current contract runs through 2016.
"But I still have a lil bit of football left in me," Smith tweeted. "#agent89 Out. #iceupson"
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