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March 27, 2007

Panthers' prospect signs with Jets

PHOENIX - As expected, former Miami defensive end David Bowens agreed to a three-year contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday night.

The Panthers had some talks with Bowens' agent, but never made an offer. The Panthers will have to continue to look for depth behind starters Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker in the remainder of free agency and the college draft.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 27, 2007 at 07:59 PM | Permalink


Hey Pat, any word on interest in Charlie Frye of the Browns? I saw this on a Sports Xchange report.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 27, 2007 9:17:24 PM

Are the Panthers open to bringing back Al Wallace if they don't find any other good backups? He's still available if I'm not mistaken and he was always a productive backup for us.

Posted by: Chris | Mar 28, 2007 10:14:25 AM

I've heard people say that McGlover was a good backup at DE. His career stats include playing in two games last year and not making any tackles, or plays, or anything. Wallace would be a good pick-up, but there's a reason why we let him go in the first place.

Isn't Charlie Frye still in his large rookie contract?

Posted by: charlson | Mar 28, 2007 10:20:42 AM

Not really...he's got two years left on a 4yr./$5mil deal. He was only a 3rd-round draft pick, and though most contracts are back-loaded, I doubt we could get a quality backup with more upside for cheaper.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 28, 2007 11:05:17 AM

Is Charlie Frye even on the trade block? I think he'd be a good pick-up, but I guess we have to see who the Browns draft. A lot of people are talking about the Browns getting Brady Quinn. If so, they could keep Anderson as the backup and Dorsey as the 3rd string. Then we could make a move for Frye. I still think we should take a QB in the later rounds, though, after the immediate needs positions.

Posted by: charlson | Mar 28, 2007 11:53:25 AM

Here's the report (The Sports Xchange): One interesting theory includes the Panthers going after Charlie Frye, who played under new Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson last season.

The Browns apparently aren't all that enamored with Frye, and there are some in the organization who'd like to see them draft Notre Dame's Brady Quinn or Louisiana State's JaMarcus Russell.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 28, 2007 12:36:15 PM

I think Brady Quinn would be good for them, and I like Charlie Frye as a Panther. If we pick up Charlie Frye, how long would it be until we had a QB controversy if Jake plays like he did last year?

Posted by: charlson | Mar 28, 2007 2:29:16 PM

First of all, Jake wouldn't have played like he did last year if he didn't have to spend all his time running for his life. A backup quarterback is important but, not nearly as important as starter type backups at DE, MLB, S, etc. AND most of all, getting our offensive line past poor to mediocre.

Posted by: Dwight | Mar 28, 2007 4:52:32 PM

The panther just signed Curtis Deloatch from the saints. They should seriously think about giving a shot at the punt and kick return postion. He was a hell of a returner in college. Its just now, i dont think he has had the chace. He led the nation in return yards of something like that in college. And he can also play receiver and they should also try him at safety.

Posted by: Napoleon34 | Mar 28, 2007 9:02:12 PM

The offensive line was poor because of injuries. with a healthy offensive line playing better, and a pass catching TE, Jake will play much better. But the line had nothing to do with him throwing interceptions in the end zone that cost us games against cincinnati and philly. we need a backup, and we should get a safety, TE and LB in the draft.

Posted by: charlson | Mar 28, 2007 9:02:15 PM

The picks against Cincy and Philly hardly cost us the games. If Jake doesn't drive the team down the field without having had any semblance of a run game for the whole season, much less the game, we still lose after the defense blows touchdown leads of points in both games. Don't blame a guy for trying to win the game when he knows he's the only option. Better to put the team in position to win and throw a pick than to have never gotten there at all.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 28, 2007 11:58:18 PM

Looks like we missed out on a compensatory pick this year. Apparently, the NFL's formula feels like Will Witherspoon and Marlon McCree are about equivalent to Shaun Williams and Kemoeatu...I wish.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 29, 2007 12:37:49 AM

I just wanted to say that I like Jake Delhomme and when he has something to prove I think he plays better. Bringing in David Carr would be a great opportunity for him to prove that and if it is not in the books then we have a solid QB that can take over just as Delhomme did for Rodney Peete.

My concern is the O-Line and making sure they are better this year and making sure that we get that power running game back. If I am correct Corey Dillon is still available and I know about loyalty but D. Foster is just not the back of the future for us it is D. Williams. Just to put it out there can you see Corey Dillon with D. Williams in the backfield. Whew Wee!!! Look out.

Posted by: Paul Holmes | Mar 30, 2007 5:49:19 PM

Has there been any talk or interest in Cleveland Browns, Andre Davis? He is a monster on the field but with the Browns having such a bad season, I feel he was not able to show what he is capable of. I am from Florida and I watched him at University of Florida he was powerful player.

Posted by: Panther fan from Florida | Mar 31, 2007 5:44:00 PM

the panthers really need to focus on strengthening the secondary,not with rookies but tradeing for vets the secondary killed us last year,we need more speed out of the backfield,improvement in these two area,s and retaining the current core will result in @ s/b appearance.......

Posted by: sonny,D | Apr 5, 2007 7:55:39 PM

More than anything we need a LT in either the starter role or backup role and a RG that can block anything. If we have a running game then the passing game opens up and if the running game and the passing game open up then the defense isn't on the field most of the game and you get fully rested Julius Peppers and the rest of the D out to stop the opposition. Look at the formula for the Super Bowl when we went: Run the ball, stop the run. If we can get the people to do those two things on a John Fox team we go to the Super Bowl all day every day. As far as the secondary goes, I think the problem lies in the secondary coaching more than anything else. Last year we always played 7-10 yrds off of the opposing wide outs. Am I the only one that sees a problem with trying to make strong bump and run cornerbacks turn into pure cover corners. Gamble and Lucas are tall, strong and like to hit. Move 'em up to the line and let them hit the wide outs in the chin and I promise they play better. Last offseason everyone was singing their praises cause they both had 6+ picks and Lucas got robbed out of a Pro Bowl but one player is injured most of the year (Lucas) and one player just has a bad year (Gamble...his first bad one by the way) and everyone writes them off.

Posted by: Joshua | Apr 7, 2007 4:47:24 PM

hey pat so do you think jenkins is out of carolina.

Posted by: John | Apr 14, 2007 5:16:34 PM

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