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March 30, 2006

Despite praise, linebacker still a need

ORLANDO – Panthers coach John Fox was praising second-year linebackers Thomas Davis and Adam Seward during the NFL meeting.

If the season started today, they’d be the starters outside middle linebacker Dan Morgan in the middle.

But the season doesn’t start today.

Davis, a first-round pick last year, will be a starter, most likely at the weak-side spot vacated by Will Witherspoon. The Panthers view Davis as a Derrick Brooks type linebacker. They’re also high on Seward, a fifth-round pick, who missed most of last season with an injury.

But the Panthers still are looking at possible upgrades. With only $2.5 million in cap space right now, they’ll only sign a free agent if it’s at a bargain price. They may use an early-round draft pick on a linebacker. Fox thinks that’s a strong position in this year’s class.

There’s also one other horizon that’s very much on the radar. That would be re-signing Brandon Short. He was the strong-side starter last season, but was cut in a salary cap move a few weeks ago.

The Panthers are keeping in touch with Short and his agent, but haven’t offered a contract. They won’t do that anytime soon. The plan is to go through the draft and see where things stand.

Fox has a history with Short, dating back to their days with the New York Giants. Fox doesn’t want to re-sign Short and end up cutting him in training camp. If Short doesn’t sign elsewhere and the Panthers feel they need another veteran after the draft, they’ll make an attempt to bring him back.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 30, 2006 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

Comments

Why in the world would we put Adam Seward at outside linebacker rather than move Chris Draft there? He's proven and made a big impact last year when playing for Dan Morgan, and later for Brandon Short.

Posted by: drew | Apr 4, 2006 3:29:10 PM

move travell warton to outside linebacker and watch the records fall.

Posted by: coxfan | Apr 4, 2006 11:40:00 PM

Hey, let's put Reggie Howard in at linebacker, since everyone seems to think he's the greatest athlete to ever grace the national football league. He hits sooooooooo hard. Is the sarcasm showing? IS IT??? IS IT??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: sarcasticpete | Apr 14, 2006 10:04:41 PM

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