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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  • http://sportsbabble.wordpress.com UtesFan89

    The pick involved isn’t one of the 5 this year, it’s from 2011. If he sticks. No worries… the 7th rounders don’t help this team much anyways.

  • Dan

    First of all, chill.  The panthers aren’t giving up one of their precious few draft picks from this year, it’s TWO YEARS down the line.  Second, it doesn’t mean we are not getting Jason Kyle back either cuz if this new guy doesn’t cut it, then we don’t give up anything at all.  It’s just insurance in case Jason Kyle signs somewhere before we have a chance to resign him which we really can only do when we ship out Peppers.  Lastly, never ever say that 7th rounders don’t help the team.  There’s Marquis Colston who is the best example of a 7th rounder turning into an All-Star that I can think of but the Panthers are also hedging their bets on a former 7th round pick this year, C.J. Wilson.  He may only play in nickel or dime packages but the guy figures to be part of the equation this season after we jetisonned Ken Lucas.  We’ve been grooming this guy for a couple of years now so let’s see what all that time and money has gone.  7th rounders rarely help out in their first season but they are for developmental prospects and this team could use some guys to have in our back pockets that we can call on when we inevitably lose some starters a few years down the line.

  • John White

    Okay!  Okay!  I jumped the gun.  Maybe I need to work on my reading comprehension skills.  LOL!!!!  A seventh-rounder in 2011?  I guess I can live with that.

  • http://sportsbabble.wordpress.com UtesFan89

    About 7th rounders, I know Colston was good… I was more talking about the Panthers’ scouting.
    And about Wilson… I’ll believe it when I see it. I mean, they can’t even get their 2nd/3rd rounders (Jarrett, Colbert, Anderson, Butler, etc.).