There's a chance Steve Smith could end up being a Bolt BY KEVIN ACEE FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011 AT 5:27 P.M. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith’s oft-cited commitment to the value of character does not rule out the team pursuing wide receiver Steve Smith. The Carolina Panthers star is reportedly unhappy in Carolina -- even to the point of cleaning out his locker, putting his house on the market and letting it be known that he would like a trade to the Chargers, Oakland Raiders or Baltimore Ravens. The Panther are known to want to part ways with the receiver, who has three times been named an All-Pro but was also suspended two games by Carolina for a training camp altercation with a teammate in 2008. The Chargers’ interest, according to people with knowledge of the situation, can be characterized as monitoring and wait-and-see. That is comparable to how they went about signing free agent safety Bob Sanders in March, letting other teams woo Sanders before making an offer to a player who wanted to be a Charger. Teams are not allowed to conduct player business during the ongoing NFL lockout. But the Panthers were known to be shopping Smith prior to the league’s shutdown on March 11. The Chargers landing Smith could be a product of his wanting to play in a good offense, close to his Lynwood, Calif., birthplace coupled with the team’s need for a top-flight receiver. Counting third-round pick Vincent Brown, the Chargers have just four wide receivers virtually certain to be under their control once the new league year begins. Vincent Jackson has been designated their franchise player, but there is uncertainty regarding the status of that tag. Buster Davis has one year left on his contract but is not expected to be with the team in 2011. Malcom Floyd is scheduled to be a free agent – though restricted or unrestricted won’t be known until the labor impasse breaks. Going into 2011 with Seyi Ajirotutu, Brown, Patrick Crayton and Richard Goodman comprising the receiving corps is not the Chargers’ plan. Smith, 32, has 8,884 receiving yards in his 10-year career, 12th-most in the NFL since 2001. His 52 receiving touchdowns are tied for 14th most. Smith is owed almost $15 million over the remaining two years on his contract, and it is virtually guaranteed no team is going to trade for him without first reworking his contract.