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July 26, 2006

Meadows decision not that difficult

The Panthers emphasized it was a very difficult decision to release Adam Meadows on Tuesday. View story

It couldn’t have been that hard. They did it almost as soon as Meadows officially un-retired and his rights reverted to the Panthers.

On the surface, you have to wonder why a team that feels it's on the verge of the Super Bowl wouldn’t at least bring a long-time NFL starter to training camp. After all, it isn’t like the Panthers have anything rock solid at tackle beyond Jordan Gross.

Travelle Wharton is serviceable on the left side. At worst, Meadows could have competed with veteran Todd Fordham and youngsters Dave Kadela and Rashad Butler for a backup role. And Meadows wouldn’t have cost that much -- $720,000 if he made the team and nothing if he didn’t.

But the Panthers know as much about Meadows’ medical history as anyone because he retired on them in the middle of training camp two years ago.

Meadows says his shoulders are fine. Maybe the Panthers don’t believe it. Or maybe they’d just rather totally forget how a once-promising free agent’s abrupt retirement was a major reason why they stumbled to 7-9 in 2004.

DEEP BREATH. To all the folks who are starting to panic because three draft picks remain unsigned: Relax. Second-rounder Richard Marshall is close to signing. True, it’s kind of strange that fourth-rounder Nate Salley isn’t signed, but give it a day or two to sort out. He doesn’t have much choice. The biggest challenge is first-rounder DeAngelo Williams and, if you go by recent history, his deal likely will come Friday or Saturday. If it doesn't, then start to panic.

Posted by Observer staff on July 26, 2006 at 11:12 AM | Permalink

Comments

They have Marshall signed...but I'm still going to panic, D. Williams must be in camp, and all of camp for him to be slightly effective. He did not return kickoffs or punts that much in college, and theres no way he knows the playbook already, so he needs to be there everyday for instruction from the coaches. Hopefully they get both D-W and Salley signed by Friday, but I don't see that happening for some reason...

Posted by: Parker | Jul 27, 2006 8:11:21 AM

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