Today has been nothing short of chaotic. Tavaris Jackson is a Seattle Seahawk, and Matt Hasselbeck is reportedly out. McNabb looks as though he will be a Viking. The Cowboys cut so many players you need two hands to count them. Surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys cut star receiver Roy Williams, and a disappointing Marion Barber. The Baltimore Ravens released a few players including stars Derrick Mason and Todd Heap. The New York Giants are reportedly cutting ties with team captain Shaun O’Hara.
It has been a complete mad house today to say the least. It has been a day focused on the acquisition of veteran QB’s and the release of All-Pro players. Undrafted free agents are being “signed” left and right, such as the Giants signing LB and Cancer Survivor Mark Herzlich. Check back after the break to see more surprising moves including the moves the Carolina Panthers have made.
The Panthers secured a good player in Kevin Payne, Safety from St. Louis/Chicago. Payne was with the Chicago Bears in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, he had a career high 4 interceptions in a full 16 game season. The next two years he was plagued with injury. Though he’s coming off another injured season, Payne will be a good addition to the Panther’s Defensive Squad. If he works hard enough, he could challenge Sherrod Martin and Charles Godfrey for a starting position.
The Panthers added another Cornerback to their squad with Kendric Burney from UNC. I don’t know if my editor will be happy with this, but in a half season in 2010 Burney acquired 30 tackles and 2 interceptions. In 2009, Burney had 52 tackles, 1 sack, 5 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. Obviously the kid has some talent, and I think he will be a perfect into Carolina’s already great DB squad.
In an effort to help No. 1 pick Cam Newton out the Carolina Panthers agreed to a deal with WR Darvin Adams and OL Ryan Pugh of Newton’s own Auburn. Darvin Adams adds a threat in a mid-length passing situation. At Auburn, Adams had 52 receptions, 963 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2010 and 60 receptions, 997 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009. Now, Adams has a few games where he will break away for a long reception of 35 yards or more, but he averages around 18 yards a catch. That’s a good receiver to have on your team. From what I’ve read about Ryan Pugh, he is aggressive and tenacious, he’s got great footwork, and his technique is amazing. The only downside is his size. He is 6’3 and 297 pounds, but he has previous success with Cam Newton. Both of these players add depth to our offense, and the fact they played with Cam at Auburn only helps their cause.
As Taylor said in his post, the Panthers resigned Charles Johnson for $62 million guaranteed, a total of a $72 million contract. This is probably the best sign of this short free agency, because it holds our defense together.
From what I’ve heard, DeAngelo Williams is favoring two teams: Carolina and Denver. In Carolina, he has the only team he has ever played for. In Denver, he has the only coach he has ever played for.
Keep tuning in to CatCrave, as Taylor and I will do our best to update/evaluate for each of the free agents the Panthers sign. But remember, none of these signings will be official until Friday I believe. We are just reporting what schools, agents and players have said.
Update: While writing this article I’ve read from Adam Schefter’s twitter that the Giants are talking with former WR Plaxico Burress.
All stats received from ESPN.com.