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Utah football: Former Utes Steve Smith, Zane Beadles to leave as NFL free agents

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Though it isn’t official yet, rumor has it that former Utah Utes football players Steve Smith and Zane Beadles will soon be headed away from their old NFL teams towards someplace new.

On Tuesday, March 11 multiple sources reported that Smith, a wide receiver with the Carolina Panthers since joining the league, may soon be headed to the Baltimore Ravens -- if he isn’t first released by the Panthers.

In a move that many anticipated was drawing near, Panthers GM Steve Gettleman told the Charlotte Observer Tuesday that Smith’s time in Carolina has likely come to an end.

“Steve’s had a great career. He really has,” Gettleman said. “None of us are here forever. But that’s not to say – he’s part of the evaluation process. That’s just the way it is.”

So while Gettleman didn’t outright say Smith was leaving Carolina -- the writing does seem to be on the wall.

Such is not the case with Beadles, who has already reportedly agreed to leave the Super Bowl runners-up Denver Broncos and join the Jacksonville Jaguars in a blockbuster deal.

Beadles -- who undoubtedly helped his cause by becoming a public figure after an appearance on Ellen earlier this season and protecting Peyton Manning during it -- will sign a five-year, $30 million deal with the Jaguars according to the Denver Post.

That’s a quantum leap from the league-minimum $630,000 Beadles made as a member of the Broncos. And that’s 4.4 million more reasons to start dancing.

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