Quarterback Still a Need for Panthers
Across the wire today, came a story from Charlotte.com, that the Panthers have the fewest NFL quarterback starts. Which stands to reason, given the team only has two quarterbacks currently on the roster. Does anyone else think the Panthers should have kept A.J. Feeley for another year?
The Panthers’ starting quarterback — Matt Moore — has started eight games in his career. His current backup, Hunter Cantwell, hasn’t started any games in the NFL.
Suffice it to say, the Panthers need at least one more quarterback on the roster. Preferably one with veteran experience, and not a drafted- or undrafted-rookie.
I’m starting to think that perhaps the Panthers will acquire two quarterbacks. Specifically, one on draft day. Depending on what Marty Hurney and John Fox decide to do on draft day/s, the Panthers could make some deals or even a deal to move around in the draft, in order to select a quarterback.
That selection also depends on whether or not they have a veteran –restricted or unrestricted — free agent quarterback in mind to sign either before the draft or shortly after.
A few names of interest the Panthers could consider signing or trading for in free agency: Restricted Free Agent Jason Campbell; Unrestricted Free Agents Marc Bulger, Jeff Garcia (expressing interest with Eagles), and then there’s still the chance the team could re-sign Josh McCown for a lot less than the prior free agents might be looking to earn.
If the Panthers go with solely drafting a quarterback or adding a rookie QB as well as signing a veteran, some general names of interest might be Texas QB Colt McCoy, Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour, Cincinnati QB Tony Pike, and two quarterbacks scoring highly in the intangibles department are Colt McCoy and Florida QB Tim Tebow.
The draft is less than seven days away. It will be interesting to see what moves — if any — the Panthers make between now and then. Even more interesting will be if the front office addresses an area or two of need at a skill position. Fox and Hurney have done a good job so far this offseason, addressing the team’s needs on special teams.
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