After releasing their own second round pick in the 2009 draft, the Panther decided to bring on another when they claimed cornerback Darious Butler off of waivers today. Butler was the second round draft pick for the Patriots in 2009, just like the recently released Everette Brown was for the Panthers.
In the past two seasons Butler played in 29 games, starting in eight of them while finishing with 58 total tackles, three interceptions and 14 pass deflections.
The Panther remain very thin at cornerback with just Chris Gamble, Captain Munnerlyn, R.J. Stanford and Josh Thomas manning the position and have been looking to upgrade there for a while.
Butler is expected to practice with the Panthers on Wednesday and could end up playing in the teams first game against the Cardinals on Sunday.
– Also in another note the Jacksonville Jaguars released former starting quarterback David Garrard and before anyone starts to say it let me say no. It is not going to happen. The Panthers are happy with were they are at the quarterback position. They want Cam Newton to start and brought in Derek Anderson, who already knows the offense, to be his backup and mentor Newton.
I know Garrard has ties to Carolina as he went to high school in Durham and played college ball at East Carolina, but it is just not going to happen. Had this happened at the beginning of training camp, then maybe. That would give Garrard time to come in and the Panthers never would have signed Anderson. But with less than a week to go before the season opener, I just can’t see it happening.