And Then There Was One: Carolina Panthers Sign Third-Rounder Brandon LaFell

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 14: Brandon LaFell #1 of the LSU Tigers jumps over Jai Eugene #4 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on his way to scoring a touchdown at Tiger Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Okay guys and gals, we are down to one Carolina Panthers draftee who has yet to be signed.

Source Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette, reports that on Tuesday, the Panthers and wide receiver Brandon LaFell came to agreement on a four-year deal. He will make the league minimum every year in addition to an $818,000 signing bonus.

During the team’s minicamps, head coach John Fox, was quite happy with the way LaFell looked on the fiels, believing him to be quite ready for the NFL level.

This leaves one player to be signed: second-round draft pick and quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

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  • J. Gore

    nice, i really think this guy could be the new moose. thought he would have lobbied for more cash but i guess it was out of the question for getting drafted in the 3rd rd. not that i’m complaining but i predict he’ll be restructured in about two years. i heard him mentioned in the top 3 receiving prospects a couple times but i think he dropped because of a slow 40 time at either his pro day or the combine. but other than the speed he’s a big strong guy and he can throw one helluva block. (you tube it) that kinda hit will warrant a flag and a fine in todays nfl though. i guess he’ll have to call heinz ward to see just how hard he can block. lol

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      I actually pegged LaFell last week for being the one the Panthers would have more of a difficult time signing, than Clausen! Maybe I was right? We’ll see, if a Clausen deal gets done faster than the amount of time between Edwards’ and LaFell’s signing.

      The main reason the Panthers took LaFell, is because of his blocking skills. Definitely need to replace an important component with another of an equal or greater value/potential.

      • J. Gore

        i hear armanti edwards is gonna be a 65 overall on madden this year with a speed of 88. don’t know if you guys play but i was wondering if anyone knew our other picks attributes. also dropping to a 75 overall as a team despite the improvement of performance at the end of the season. moores overall drops, deangelo drops and becomes injury prone (as if you could keep him in for a full game in madden 10). i think the only guy that’s goin up will be stewart. no love as usual. thanks espn and nfl network we love you too. but don’t jump on the bandwagon when these guys start rollin. is it just me or do we actually seem to play better when the media overlook’s us and underestimate’s us? i can’t wait to see jordan gross dominate #90. it’s like they think he was our starting qb.

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

          Apparently, this team lost a lot more from Julius Peppers than it did from Jake Delhomme. I’ve been saying all along that the loss of both players was addition by subtraction.

          I think the two losses that kind of bothered me, were Brad Hoover and Na’il Diggs. I don’t know what we have at the fullback position right now, and linebacker still looks thin.

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  • John

    Not sure the way to measure the difficulty of signing Clausen is the time between this signing and his. My guess is they have been talking since the draft. I had Clausen as last because he expected to go in the first round and may hold out for better than round two money.

    On LaFell glad to see him signed. I am not worried about his blocking but there has been some question on his dropped balls issue. Now that is correctable for the most part and he sounds like a hard worker who wants to excel so I expect that to be handled but we’ll see. And I agree that if he does excel we will see a restructure after a season or two.

    Lastly on all these ratings. People put too much stock in Peppers and I have to assume they do that because they only watch the highlights. He could be dominant, he is an athletic marvel but he didn’t apply himself and he didn’t show up every game. I saw a lot of single teaming of him the last couple of seasons and it was more effective than not. He could have been Reggie White, a dominant force that took over games season after season and was a leader both in and out of the clubhouse. Instead he wanted to be left alone and only went hard when the spotlight was on. Which, by the way, was the book on him coming out of college. I look forward to us running right at him all day when we play the Bears.

    The only persons no longer with us I think we’ll miss are Moose and Hoover. I could see Moose playing the Proehl position and doing some mentoring these rookies could really use. I think Brad still had something left and again even if not a starter he had something to teach all these youngsters about being a pro in this league. I think that has value.

  • J. Gore

    agreed moose and hoover had at least one more season in them. i was floored when iheard about him getting cut. not so much when harris was or when diggs and moose weren’t resigned cause the path had been layed before us when they cut a solid cornerstone in #45. i think not resigning diggs would have been fine without the TD injury. we’d have still been very solid at lb with two young guys learning to play rolb in connor and anderson. now we just gotta hope williams can play the way he did when briggs went down. i hope they decide to keep beason in the middle and let the young guys play the outside. connor and anderson on the right and williams and norwood on the right. beasons speed is tested and proven. he can run sideline to sideline to make a play. not so sure of the others yet. and judging by the way we went in the draft i knew moose wouldn’t be coming back. glad to see him retire a panther though. i say his should be the next statue to go up beside sams. and make it either the superbowl catch or the cross over end zone celebration. i like moving martin to ss but i will miss harris and his ability to strip the ball. as for hoover, i’m still holding out hope that we bring him back for one more year. he deserves it. when the going got tough #45 got tougher. i still remember when our rbs went down and hoover had to finish the season for us at hb. you don’t let a guy like that just walk away. shame on you hurney and you too J.R., if anyone deserved some loyalty it was that guy. maybe two statues should be erected.

    • J. Gore

      williams and norwood on the left. william has a full year under his belt at the position and i think norwood has the best speed of all our lbs with the exception of beason.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

        So you predict Jamar Williams and Eric Norwood along with Jon Beason as the starting linebackers? Norwood’s going to blow the doors off of Connor and Anderson, huh? Okay, I’m game.

        • John

          My prediction would be Williams gets TDs spot and Norwood is more of a situational LB primarily on passing plays at least this season. I think Williams would be a slight downgrade from TD but has the tools to do the job well. I expect Anderson to start on the right and Connor to continue in the all around backup role. I really want Beason to stay in the middle as we are so young in the front 7 and we need him to stabilize and focus that group. I think this is better done from the MLB position.

        • J. Gore

          no no no guys, i was saying i would like to see beason stay at mlb and norwood and williams battle for the lolb position. (TD’s spot) and i’d like to see connor and anderson battle to deside the right side. but that’s probably not gonna be the case. the last i heard the coaches were planning to move beason to TD’s spot let connor play mlb his natural position at linebacker u. and let williams and anderson rotate on the right side with norwood coming in as a designated pass rusher. all of this makes no sense to me. why move beason and give yourself more unknowns? i have no doubt that beason could play the lolb but i would be more comfortable with him in the middle where we know he’s gonna make big plays. both norwood and williams have the speed to play the left side which is generally the strong side of the offense or the side they would tend to run too with the TE on this side for blocking. the weakside could be maintained by anderson or connor. both have decent speed but not great speed. but as i said i don’t think the coaches see it the way i do. but hey who am i? that’s why they get paid the big bucks and i set at home and watch from the couch. Panthers in 2010!

          • John

            The main reasoning to move Beason over is that in Meeks defense LOLB is a bit more important than MLB. The defense is designed to flow everything that way so you want a smart, fast, sure tackler there. I think Jamar can get the job done there and I hope Beason stays in the middle.

          • J. Gore

            yes thank you John for backin me up on the Beason move. not so sure about the lolb being more important than mlb or even rolb though. it has to function as a whole and you gotta have a combination of smart and nasty guys to force the offense to flow that way. which was my point for leaving beason in the middle. i think with him moving to the strong side will only hurt us. if your best lb is isolated to one side of the field then the opposing offense will just run the other way. i think williams is our best option for the left side too John. the only reason i threw norwood in the mix with him was because of his pass rushing ability. who do you guys think would win out between anderson and connor on the weakside? i saw alot of potential in connor when we drafted him and i was disappointed that he didn’t get more time on the field last year. but the simple fact that the coaches are willing to trust him as the mlb says a great deal about his progression. can’t wait for camp.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      All I can say about Williams, is I received some good info and high praises on him from a lot of Bears fans. Chicago fans were also not too thrilled with Williams being traded to bring Harris back. So far, I like Williams. We’ll see how he looks on green instead of white in a few days.

  • mcap

    I am glad that BL finally signed,we need to get him as many reps as possible. I am really looking for big things from this kid,I think he will be as good or better than Moose when he retires. As for Clausen,if he wants a shot at #2 when the season starts he better be in camp when it starts. The Panthers are looking for Jimmy to be a franchise type QB,and I believe if not by 3/4 into 2010 then he will definitely be starting in 2011. I hope they get him signed soon.

    • John

      Well I am not as convinced of Clausens franchise capabilities. Further I have little expectation he will start this year. If he does it’s due to us having a big issue. Probably an injury to Moore. Moore can make all the throws. He plays well with his back to the defense which is hugely important in a play action pass offense. And he has years at this level in this offense. I know Clausen played in this essential offense in college and all but I don’t think that means much beyond he will learn the terminology quickly. He would really have to show something in preseason to change my mind. And even then I think Moore will be way more than adequate and Clausens ascension is far from assured.

  • John

    I think Anderson wins the right side over Conner. Conner is a natural MLB and I am not sure he brings the speed and cover skills that you need on the weakside. Not to say he wouldn’t be adequate as a back up but I think Anderson is better suited to start. If Conner starts I think it’s in the middle if Beason is moved outside. But again I think Jamar can handle that position and see no reason to move Beason at this point.