Panthers Trade for Safety as Rosters Trim to 53 by Tonight

The Carolina Panthers picked up special teams safety Colin Jones from the 9′ers for a 7th-round pick. It’s likely a move to try and help the beleaguered coverage units and a sign the coaching staff is either getting truly worried, desperate, or simply giving up a very modest draft pick to help shore them up.

It’s not exactly a huge thing and I can’t blame GM Marty Hurney for giving up a 7th if Jones can make some plays on special teams this year. If he can, we’ve already got a candidate for a Panthers’ late-round draft steal of 2013.

Here are the cuts the Panthers have made thus far as per Panthers.com

POS PLAYER EXP COLLEGE
WR Seyi Ajirotutu 3 Fresno State
CB Darius Butler 4 Connecticut
WR Jared Green R Southern
LB David Nixon 4 Brigham Young
DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo 4 Michigan State
RB Tauren Poole R Tennessee
T Matt Reynolds R Brigham Young
CB R.J. Stanford 2 Utah
DE Ryan Van Bergen R Michigan
LB Kion Wilson 3 South Florida

Can’t say I’m surprised with the Darius Butler cut. He’s been disappointing since he was a second-round pick by the New England Patriots a few years ago.

While I was watching the Panthers’ final preseason game last night, I saw Ajirotutu have a perfectly placed pass go through his hands as he would have made the first down on third down early on. I knew he was gone at that point unless he made several other plays. He didn’t.

I think Jared Green will stick someplace. Perhaps the Browns or Dolphins will grab him.

RB Tauren Poole is a casualty of being in a stacked backfield. I think someone will be able to use him and if he clears waivers he could be headed to the practice squad, I’d think. Same with Green, but there’s a good chance neither guy will clear.

Topics: 2012 Carolina Panthers Roster Cuts, 2012 NFL Roster Cuts, Carolina Panthers

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jtom.messer J Tom Messer

    Ken, I like your thinking re: Colin Jones. There’s very few special team players with his intellect and football talent. A great addition that will pay dividends for a long time.