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February 28, 2008

Insider thinks Moss could be a Panther

0228moss     While the Panthers are likely to sign another veteran wide receiver in the wake of landing Muhsin Muhammad, most observers figure it will be an Ernest Wilford-type of guy who won't break their salary cap. And New England free agent Randy Moss, he of the 98 catches and 23 TDs last season and easily the top wideout available, is not even on  Panthers fans' radar. But one NFL insider has a very different take on things.

          "New England didn't franchise Randy, so they'll make a long-term offer," he said. "But they don't usually overpay guys. Say they offer him $50 million over five years with $20 million guaranteed (in bonus money).  Not a bad deal, right? But somebody out there will top it.

    "Carolina has freed up a lot of cap space with all the guys they've cut recently. Suppose they offer Randy a 6-year, $60 million deal with $25 million guaranteed?  Now, if the difference is one or two million, Moss probably gives the Patriots a discount and goes back.  But $5 million extra guaranteed? These guys have egos. And he knows that Carolina has been working aggressively to get better. Who's to say he doesn't make the move?"

    Carolina, of course, could spread the bonus money over the length of the contract for salary cap reasons, and our insider thinks it could work.

    "How would that be for a blockbuster?  Then you've got Jake Delhomme throwing to Steve Smith on one side and Moss on the other."

    Try to defense that, NFL.

    Don't expect it to happen, because Carolina also has major needs at positions like defensive end, offensive tackle and free safety, and the Panthers will have to spend to fill them. But Smith and Moss -- kind of fun to think about, right?

--Stan Olson

Posted by Observer Sports on February 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM | Permalink


There is a Zero percent chance this deal would ever happen. He isn't a Panthers kind of guy- if the Panthers aren't competitive next year we will have the same situation that happened in Oakland. The Panthers will spend the money wisely on depth on the O-Line and help in the secondary.

Posted by: Cole | Feb 28, 2008 12:13:56 PM

I also hear the Panthers are going to trade for T.O., Chad Johnson. Moss, Smith, T.O., C.J., Moose.

And also going to play Peppers are T.E.
And trading for L.T.

And bernie kosar

Posted by: Chris Norman | Feb 28, 2008 12:18:18 PM

Stan's Panthers Insider: Rae Carruth.

Posted by: JanitorDan | Feb 28, 2008 12:34:35 PM

shut the hell up stan with this nonsense

Posted by: james | Feb 28, 2008 12:35:16 PM

Not going to happen, but still imagine the possibilities. Now that would be fun.

Posted by: jbw | Feb 28, 2008 12:40:32 PM

Tom Brady, with the exception of the Super Bowl, had excellent protection. Let's not lose sight of that as the foundation to this house we want to build. You build your team from the O line and D line out. You don't need superstars, you need steady, dependable, coachable guys who know how to be part of a team, don't point fingers at their teamates, and bring their lunch pail to work each day.

Posted by: w williams | Feb 28, 2008 12:53:20 PM

Is this post retaliation for Steve Smith hurting y'all's feelings with his air horn?

Posted by: jk | Feb 28, 2008 1:01:41 PM

This is so impossible that it isn't even worth discussing, although I will probably discuss it at a later time.

Posted by: m | Feb 28, 2008 1:24:48 PM

How is this not worth discussing? Of course it's probably not going to happen, but it's still fun to think about.

That's the whole point. Blog away.

RIP, Mittens.

Posted by: Mister Mittens | Feb 28, 2008 1:47:59 PM

This was a dumb article. Moss had one year of behaving...it won't last. Soon the 'Team Killer' will return and we don't want that.

Posted by: Jake | Feb 28, 2008 1:53:13 PM

He does live in charlotte, at least his kids and girlfriend

Posted by: Evan | Feb 28, 2008 2:00:26 PM

Jake Delhomme could have Jerry Rice on one side and Art Monk on the other side and he would still have "happy feet". Jake is average at best!

Posted by: Carl Leazer | Feb 28, 2008 2:02:43 PM

Maybe he is going to sign R. Moss to the Panthers on Madden 09.

Posted by: Christopher | Feb 28, 2008 2:06:20 PM

Ok Mittens, while we are at it we may as well discuss a potential trade for Ladanian Tomlinson or what if we still had Steven Davis in his prime, or if we can trade Jenkins for Welker and then sign Moss and even woo Brady to come on over....not because any of these things will ever happen but just because its 'fun to think about'

Posted by: mattdaddy | Feb 28, 2008 2:23:59 PM

Several points, but I'm aiming this at James in particular. As a couple of posters pointed out, this is all pie in the sky fun. I KNOW the Panthers have other needs, and I SAID that in the blog. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun thinking about possibilities...

Posted by: stan olson | Feb 28, 2008 2:25:02 PM

I should have just said, 'Uh, read the last paragraph of the blog again.'

Posted by: stan olson | Feb 28, 2008 2:26:19 PM

Yes, Stan is just mad that Smitty was blowing an air horn in his ear all year. To be honest people, I'd probably hit Stan in the head with something to.

Posted by: Michael | Feb 28, 2008 2:26:28 PM

Yeah, Carl...average enough to be the 16th-rated QB in NFL HISTORY.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 28, 2008 2:47:03 PM

Moss a Panther? Someone better give the traffic cops a heads up in Charlotte considering he ran one over in Minnesota.

Posted by: Bullseye | Feb 28, 2008 2:49:08 PM

Wow. Just...wow. All year posters to this blog have complained and speculated and dreamed about the hiring/firing of pretty much everyone related to football in the last five years. Now you're the ones telling someone his idea is stupid?

Give Stan a break- this post has value beyond wishful thinking. I never dreamed the Panthers would consider adding Moss, so it's NEWS that, indeed, such a move is not out of the question. Thanks, Stan, for providing information.

Now we can all go back to guessing why Pep had an off year and how many games the Panthers are going to lose next year. Would that make the mob happy?

Posted by: Jon | Feb 28, 2008 2:50:24 PM

I understand that this is all fun to think about..but Randy Moss is way overrated. If half of the corners that played against him knocked him in the mouth when he same off the snap as Lito Shepard did, he wouldnt been nearly as productive..He is not even on my wish list of receivers to have. Get over the whole Randy Moss this please..And paying him 60 mil. with 25 guaranteed is the big joke of it all.

Posted by: JV | Feb 28, 2008 3:10:09 PM

I know that the Panthers have a lot of other needs, but let's not forget...a football team is a business with the goal of selling their product. And putting Smitty and Moss on the same field 16 Sundays a year wil sell product.

Posted by: chbry | Feb 28, 2008 3:16:40 PM

I actually did have a dream the other night that Moss was signed to the Panthers, weird, I know.

Posted by: mattdaddy | Feb 28, 2008 3:24:04 PM

How could anyone think I posted this because I'm mad at Smith? His immaturity with the air horn doesn't change the fact that I think he's the league's best receiver. All having Moss would do is keep other teams from doubling up on him. Geez...

Posted by: stan olson | Feb 28, 2008 3:25:19 PM

Stan, did you post this because you are mad at Smith?

Posted by: LeeL | Feb 28, 2008 4:45:41 PM

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