Carolina Panthers Sign Three, Waive Six

November 8, 2008: Texas A&M defensive back Jordan Pugh #25 looks to the sideline during the NCAA Football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field in College Station, TX. The Sooners defeated the Aggies 66-28. Tom Mayes/CSM Photo via Newscom

Three signings and six cuts. All in one day. Not a big deal, really, especially considering that later in the pre-season there will be significantly more cuts made; harder decisions as to who gets the ax, and the more aggravated I’ll become when I see some of the players who I was hoping to see on the field, not even get a sniff.

So that was the biggest news out of Charlotte for the Carolina Panthers yesterday.

On Tuesday, the Panthers signed sixth-round wide receiver David Gettis, and seventh-round cornerback R.J. Stanford.

On Wednesday, Carolina signed three more draft picks, leaving half of 2010′s draft class still unsigned.

Included in Wednesday’s signing were Jordan Pugh, the safety out of Texas A&M; Greg Hardy, defensive end from Mississippi; Robert McClain, cornerback out of Connecticut.

Of course the day’s events wouldn’t be complete without a taste of dismal news. Who were the (un)lucky six to receive their notice of discharge?

Not making the cut were tight end Andrew George, kickers Blake Haudan and Aaron Pettrey, defensive back Matt O’Hanlon, tackle Mark Ortmann, and running back Daniel Porter.

Unsigned at this point are QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Brandon LaFell, WR Armanti Edwards, LB Eric Norwood, and QB Tony Pike.

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  • John

    I think the signings are fairly important news. Maybe not in and of themselves, although I think those guys will contribute this year, But in what they say about the organizations sens of urgency. If memory serves the Panthers tend to take their time getting guys signed. It seems like there is more urgency to get deals done and get guys in camp for every minute of it. With such a young team I think that is a very sensible thing. I hope to see it carry over to the guys who are left.

    I have a feeling Clausen will be the last signed. I think he may try to angle for first round money. Not high first round but bottom first rounder. Oh and I don’t say that because I think Clausen is a bad guy or anything, this is a business. And it couldn’t hurt for him to at least try. I know I’d start the negotiations in that range if I were him. Might get more than they intended if you play it
    right. I don’t think he’ll do a holdout though as that would cement the negative personality image so many league insiders and fans have of him. So his leverage is a bit limited but he does have some in this situation. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to see how much.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Yeah, historically Carolina’s been slow but methodical with signing players. I don’t have a problem with that, even now — as it works for the organization — but I do agree that there should be a sense of urgency to get things done sooner rather than later, as contract discussions are an on-field distraction, regardless of what we’re told by coaches and players “that it’s not.”

      Cluasen will get things done financially, and I doubt seriously he will play the hold out game. He’d be foolish to, anyway.