Jason Kyle, Gone?

Have we seen the last of Jason Kyle with the Carolina Panthers?

Looks like the Jason Kyle era might be over with the Panthers.

On Monday, the team traded a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2011 to the Green Bay Packers for long snapper J.J. Jansen, an undrafted rookie last year who spent the season on injured reserve.

This means if Jansen becomes the Panthers’ long snapper, they’ll give up their seventh-round draft choice in 2011 to the Packers. If he doesn’t, it won’t cost the Panthers anything.

The salary-cap strapped Panthers haven’t said if they’ll re-sign free agent Kyle, who has handled the team’s long-snapping duties since 2001 and has played 128 games for the Panthers, seventh most in franchise history.

Jansen (6-2, 256 pounds) played collegiately at Notre Dame.

Please tell me what is going on here!  At the risk of parrotting what so many fans are saying about this – let’s get this straight:

  • You have a long snapper (guys who are truly qualified to do the job are few and far between) who you really like?  Check!
  • He needs a few extra coins to stay in town?  Check!
  • You’re strapped for room under the salary cap?  Check!
  • You’re paying a player who only tries part of the time $16.7 million this season?  Check!

CORRECTION:  The team is not giving up this year’s seventh-rounder but the one in 2011.  My bad.  I’ll work on my read comprehension skills.

I need shock therapy!

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