Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at 1:00am

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith went off the edge last year when he got in a fight and attacked a member of the team's practice squad. Smith had been on his best behavior after that until last Thursday, when he blasted the team's front office in a profanity-filled tirade for not yet signing him to a new contract.

Without a new deal, Smith will become a restricted free agent after the season. Smith reacted to alleged comments the team made to agent Derrick Fox, as well as the news that defensive tackle Kris Jenkins had signed a contract extension earlier in the week.

Said Smith,

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