Thomas Davis Davis is coming off of two knee surgeries from tearing the same ACL. The Panthers are not concerned though, their trainers believe Davis is in great physical shape. Jeff Otah After a knee injury that ended his season prematurely, Otah is ready to get back on the field and Hurney is already commenting on how good Otah is looking. Greg Hardy Greg Hardy was recently involved in a motorcycle wreck. Hardy said, “I thought I was going to be dead”, luckily he escaped with just being battered and bruised. He should only be out a couple of weeks. Trades Greg Olsen Mike Martz’s philosophy for Tight Ends is for them to block first so a versatile player like Olsen was a wasted talent in Chicago. The Panther’s new philosophy to have their Tight Ends play a large role in the passing game makes Olsen a perfect fit. Trading for him for only a 3rd round pick makes it even sweeter. Pick Ups Olindo Mare If the Panthers absolutely must replace Kasay you might as well do it with a kicker who has been more accurate and as the ability to do kick offs. Ron Edwards Ron Edwards is a DT that comes from the Kansas City Chiefs. At 6’3, 315lbs he will be a good upgrade for the Panthers. And at 32, “Sweet” Ron Edwards will be a great mentor for our up and coming Defensive Tackles. Kevin Payne This year’s first free agent signing for the Panthers is a one-year deal with safety Kevin Payne. Payne played for Ron Rivera for one season in Chicago. Payne had 88 tackles, 4 interceptions and 7 pass deflections in his first season as a starter. Ben Hartsock Ben Hartsock is a 6’4″, 268 lbs Tight End who played for the Jets last year. He isn’t a pass catching TE but he is a road grading one. This signing should delight Triple-Trouble. Omar Gaither A Charlotte native, Gaither played at Myers Park High. He also played Linebacker for new Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott in Philadelphia. Sean Considine Considine is a hard hitting Saftey who was with the Jaguars last season and played under Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott in Philadelphia. Draft Picks
Cam Newton, QB, 1st Round Pick 1 – 22 Million for 4 years Terrell McClain, DT, 3rd Round Pick 65 – Negotiations are slow for the only draft pick that has not signed yet Sione Fua, DT, 3rd Round Pick 97 – With the pick awarded to us after Julius Peppers left via free agency we took Stanford defensive Fua Brandon Hogan, CB, 4th Round Pick 98 – Hogan fails physical, still recovering. Kealoha Pilares, WR, 5th Round Pick 132 - Pilares signed a 4-year contract. Lawrence Wilson, LB, 6th Round Pick 166 - One of two Panthers’ draft picks that played in the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Bank of America Zack Williams, OG, 6th Round Pick 203 - Williams was our compensatory pick in the sixth round for when A.J. Feeley departed as a free agent in ’09. Lee Ziemba, OT, 7th Round Pick 244 – Seventh round pick signs.
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