Change is in the air. It comes in many forms. Through changes in the season, change from a meal ordered at McDonald’s, or changing the number on one’s jersey. It’s unavoidable. Change. Whether we agree, disagree, like, dislike — for the better or not, is inevitable. And so it goes with the Carolina Panthers.
On Wednesday, Carolina made two moves. It parted ways with one, in order to make room for another. And no, Jimmy Clausen is not the starting quarterback.
After being waived by the Cleveland Browns in June, the Panthers signed offensive lineman Jason Capizzi. Truth-be-told, I never heard of the guy, aside from when he was signed.
A few…two months have passed. Having allowed 11 sacks (5.5 per game) in two preseason games, the o-line looks like it’s seen better days, so maybe this is a change of necessity. It doesn’t necessarily mean Capizzi is a terrible offensive lineman, but perhaps he was the one guy who showed the least value to the team compared to the rest of the offensive linemen.
So, Carolina parted ways with him, in favor of another waiver victim, now former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Kirk Barton…whom I am also unfamiliar with, other than his previous employers.
Barton, an offensive tackle, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in in 2008, where he only played in one game. He has also played stints with the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals, and was most recently waived by the Denver Broncos.
If it helps, I’m obviously all for it. Right now, change has “good” potential at least.
Reported by Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette; the newly, almost acquired Barton has had a change of mind, and will not join the Panthers. He has instead opted to retire from the NFL completely, which now leaves Carolina short a man on the active roster.
Any takers on San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson?
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