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March 27, 2007

Spikes, Holcomb not quite what Panthers need

     PHOENIX – As the trade of Buffalo linebacker Takeo Spikes and backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb for Philadelphia defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a 2008 draft pick was going down Monday, there was buzz around the NFL’s annual meeting the Carolina Panthers were in the mix.

   That’s not really accurate. But it’s not entirely untrue.

   The Panthers, at very least, were in contact with the agents for Spikes and Holcomb, according to league sources. They were testing the waters, but not jumping in.

   They had some moderate interest in Spikes. But he didn’t truly fit the profile of what they’re looking for. They want a middle linebacker who can be an alternative to the often-injured Dan Morgan. Spikes is viewed as a true outside linebacker, although he can play the middle in a pinch.

   Holcomb, who will turn 34 in July, also didn’t quite fit the profile. He’s a career backup with a fair amount of experience. The Panthers want someone with experience behind Jake Delhomme. But they also want someone with upside, something Holcomb doesn’t have.

   Spikes and Holcomb came close to what the Panthers want, but not close enough. Coach John Fox and Marty Hurney like to say they like to bring in the right players at the right time at the right price. In the eyes of Fox and Hurney, there was nothing wrong with Spikes and Holcomb, but there was nothing really right.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 27, 2007 at 12:47 PM | Permalink


I hadn't heard anything about interest from the Panthers in either of those guys, but I'm happy about that. Holcomb would be another Weinke, and Spikes, while he'd be a lock to start, isn't a big-impact guy anymore, particularly when you compare that impact to his salary. I am impressed by the Eagles, though...both of those guys for an OK, but not great DT in Darwin Walker is a small coup.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 27, 2007 1:45:21 PM

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