Jenkins Out, Vilma In?

krisjenkins.jpgThe Carolina Panthers have been trying to position themselves for the start of free agency starting tonight.  One move that has been rumored recently is a trade involving Kris Jenkins, the sour defensive tackle.

Earlier reports told us that Jenkins was actively trying to sell his house in the Charlotte area which indicated that he knew something was going.  However, as usual, the team is mum on what might happen with the veteran.

General manager Marty Hurney won’t comment but, as you might guess, with this many rumors and reports out there that a trade is coming, something has to be up and there has to be some truth to it…or not.

This deal could happen for a number of reasons.  First, the Panthers owe Jenkins a $1 million bonus within the next week.  The trade period opens tomorrow, the same time that free agency begins.  To avoid paying him the team might make a deal.

Another reason to want to make this deal is to avoid the same drama the team endured prior to last season with KJ.  The mess certainly didn’t set the stage for a big season for the big man or the team.  They can avoid that by sending him packing.

Finally, other teams are bound to be interested.  A report this morning in the Newark Star-vilma.jpgLedger, suggests that the Jets could be working with the Panthers on a deal to get Jenkins.  Reportedly the offer would include Jonathan Vilma, the Jets middle linebacker.

The Jets have told Vilma that he can seek his own trade which lends instant cred to this story.  Plus, the Jets are reportedly also shopping nose tackle Dewayne Robertson.  This would create a hole in their defense…a hole they could potentially be filled with Jenkins.

Also creating some speculation is Robertson.  The Panthers could do a swap of players with the Jets (Jenkins for Robertson) and ask for draft picks to sweeten the deal.

The story from Jersey quoted two sources close to the situation.  What that means is anybody’s guess, of course.

It’s becoming pretty clear that this will be a very interesting time for the Panthers and their fans.  Expect a lot of rumors, a lot of changes and, who knows, maybe a lot of excitement.  Now, let the debates begin!

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  • Travis Sauermilch

    hmmm that would be interesting the jets helped us out last year with the draft lets have them d othat again… time to get rid of some of the cryers on our team anyways… anyone agree?

  • John White

    Jenkins and his drama need to be gone somehow.  I’m not sure the team needs Vilma since they’re already solid at all three linebacker spots.  But a deal could be in the works.

  • kfields

    beason vilma and davis along with diggs for rotation that would be a solid linebacking core it can never hurt to have solid lb’s

  • Mike Houston

    Vilma, Beason, and Davis would be hell on Earth for opposing teams. Kris Jenkins is still a good DT, but he doesn’t want to be here anymore. It would leave a nasty hole on the d-line, but no one can play where they’re not happy

  • John White

    I like Thomas, Beason and Diggs at linebacker now but adding Vilma would probably send Thomas to the bench.  that would be one heck of a group.  And I totally agree on Jenkins.  He’s a good player…when he wants to be.

  • Travis Sauermilch

    i disagree jenkins is finished. are you forgeting we have the moon (kemo) playing on dt. jenkins can be replaced he hasnt played really good at all for like the past 3-4 years. but i do agree vilma beason and davis would be great im not too excited for diggs though. i like anderson better. i say we trade for urlacer… lmao

  • Matt

    I like the idea of trading Jenkins straight up with Robertson with a couple of draft picks on the side.  Maybe even a swap of first round picks.  Now with Deshaun being gone we have a huge hole in our backfield that needs a power back to fill it.  The draft projections seem to be pointing to McFadden falling to the six pick to the Jets and I can’t imagine another player out there that I would rather have feel Deshauns spot.  With him and Moose coming next year, our offense would return to dominance.

  • John White

    A deal involving Jenkins and Robertson could be done but i’m not sure how much the Jets would be willing to give up, especially in the draft.  The draft is shaping up a bit but without trading up (if the Jets won’t trade picks) the Panthers could still land Mendenhall or Stewart as a power back.

  • kfields

    stewart is looking dominant from the combine the kid is solid and fast id take him or tj duckett wouldnt be to bad if we didnt wanna take a rb in the first rd.  i still like stewart tho

  • UtesFan89

    If it’s Vilma for Jenkins, I’m all for it. The team can then add a DT in round 1 (if Dorsey or Ellis fall) or round 2 should they feel the need. As for RB, I’d much rather see Stewart/Mendenhall over McFadden. If the team wants a power-back, McFadden is NOT the guy.

  • Mike Houston

    John Fox has said that he doesn’t want a power back, so I wouldn’t be shocked if the Panthers get another speed back. As far as d-tackle, to avoid spending money, they may just play the season with Kemo, Lewis, and Moorehead. They are cheap as hell and I hate to say that because I love the Panthers……but DAMN

  • Walker

    Let’s not forget that Lewis and Kemoatu are both solid DTs. Does anyone remember Otis Grigsby? Why did we cut him? He was playing really well.