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June 14, 2007

Jenkins future still uncertain

The question that needs to be asked for the next month or so is, should the Carolina Panthers have taken the draft pick and run.

Back in April, league sources said the St. Louis Rams were ready to part with a second-round draft pick in return for defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. The Rams might have been willing to throw in a late-round pick. (Hmm, anybody think the Panthers might have been able to draft a quality safety with that second-round pick?)

But the Panthers held out hard for a first-round draft pick and didn’t get it. So what do they have now?

A once-immensely talented defensive tackle who doesn’t want to be here. And it certainly is debatable the Panthers really want Jenkins here. Bridges have been burned on both sides.

Jenkins agent has said his client will come to training camp, but you have to wonder if it will come to that. Jenkins may still be being dangled as trade bait, but other teams aren’t stupid. They know there are problems between Jenkins and the Panthers and that means his value will drop. If the Panthers and Jenkins decide they can’t co-exist as camp gets closer, Jenkins value might be down to a mid-to-late-round pick.

Or maybe it won’t be even that high. That would leave one other option: Cutting Jenkins and getting nothing in return.

Every day, it seems, St. Louis’ second-round pick looks better and better.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 14, 2007 at 12:39 AM | Permalink


It's a shame we can't give Kris Jenkin's kidneys to Jorden Carstens or Carsten's heart to Kris Jenkins.

Not trying to play Dr. Frankenstein, but really.

Jenkins only hurts his future contract negotiating position - with any team - with his current stance.

Posted by: Ben | Jun 14, 2007 8:24:54 AM

What a bum.

Posted by: James | Jun 14, 2007 9:19:52 AM

maybe if yall didn't write a whole article calling jenkins fat he'd be more inclined to come back and embrace the panthers and the city of charlotte.

Posted by: Phil | Jun 14, 2007 9:47:34 AM

Phil: Kris is a professional athlete not your best buddy. Call a spade a spade.
Don't remain loyal to a slob; if overweight, he'll bring our team down.

It doesn't do any good to rethink/regret the Rams' offer. The decision was made with the best information available at the time.

Posted by: Eating Lunch with Kris | Jun 14, 2007 10:07:55 AM

Yeah, Phil, I'm sure the reason Jenkins is missing voluntary workouts is because the Observer called him fat. Great deduction, moron.

Posted by: Scully | Jun 14, 2007 11:33:39 AM

Maybe if Jenkins WASN'T fat he'd be more inclined to be able to MAKE it through OTAs and training camp and embrace conditioning as opposed to eating.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 14, 2007 12:09:11 PM

I definately agree with James. How can we expect him to like it here if the respected local newspaper creates an entire article makeing jokes about his weight.

Posted by: Jim Carroll | Jun 14, 2007 3:49:25 PM

I agree with James, too...JAMES called him a bum.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 14, 2007 8:56:53 PM

he is not fat he is big boned, go panthers. he is going to come back strong and have a pro bowl year for the panthers, go panthers!!

Posted by: jason | Jun 15, 2007 1:16:44 AM

Lets be realistic, and get in our heads that Jenkins is not coming back. Kris unfortuatley is an overpaid fat body with an attitude problem. I have a split opinion on if the local news sources degrading comments on Jenkins weight has had any effect on his mental stae; maybe or mabye not. I think all of us Panther fans should not worry about Jenkins, so if he shows up okay, and if he dosnt no big deal we still have quality people at the defensive tackle slot.

Posted by: Justin | Jun 15, 2007 7:00:25 AM

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