Panthers resign WR Smith and DE Wallace

"I want to be considered a productive player and not just a one-hit wonder," Smith said. "I think I've had three pretty good seasons here and I want to add on six more."

The Carolina Panthers and wide receiver Steve Smith agreed to a five-year contract extension, contract details were not disclosed, but Smith's agent Derrick Fox said the deal includes a team option for a sixth season.

The Panthers also re-signed backup defensive end Al Wallace to a five-year contract.

Last season, Smith led the Panthers last season with 88 catches and 1,110 yards receiving, then had 19 receptions for 424 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs.

"Steve came out and exploded in the second half of the season and became one of the top receivers in the league," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said.

Smith goal is to make sure he lives up to his new contract.

"I want to be considered a productive player and not just a one-hit wonder," Smith said. "I think I've had three pretty good seasons here and I want to add on six more."

Wallace, who had 38 tackles, five sacks, nine quarterback pressures and two interceptions last season, was content to re-sign with Carolina instead of exploring the free agent market even though he will again back up Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker.

"At this stage in my career being somewhere where I'm wanted and appreciated is a big deal for me," Wallace said. "I feel like I fit in here."


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