This season will be Steve Smith’s 13th in the NFL and 13th with Carolina. The only other players on the Panther roster with more than 10 seasons of NFL experience are Jordan Gross and Drayton Florence (11) and Dwan Edwards and Ben Hartsock (10).

How many more seasons will you play?

“I would try to get 15 or 16 and that’s really it,” Smith says as he walks off the field after last week’s mini-camp.

Which means you’ll play until 2015 or 2016.

“I want to play that long,” he says. “I’m in the part of my career where I want to be part of something that’s great that, once I’m done playing, I can say, ‘Hey, I was part of that.’”

When he retires Smith, 34, plans to stay in Charlotte and around the Panthers, not as a coach but as a radio personality.

On Jan. 13, he reported to sports talk WFNZ’s The Drive as an intern. He learned to work the board. He assisted with pre-recorded interviews. He picked up the phone and asked callers their name, town and the subject they wanted to talk about. He mined the Whiner Line for one of the show’s stars, QCB.

A question some radio interns also ask: “Was that one cream and one sugar, Mr. James?”

There is no record of Smith asking this.

He probably did 25 four-hour radio gigs. He was Steve Smith, star receiver. He also was Steve Smith, sports fan who relied on a large flat screen, TiVo, HD and extensive rewind before he drove to the studio.