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February 29, 2008

Is Brayton a fit for Panthers?

  Tyler Brayton certainly wasn't on the mind of Carolina Panthers fans when they thought of who the team might fly to town first once the free agency period opened.
   Unlike the "glamour" defensive ends of free agency, Cincinnati's Justin Smith and Tennessee's Antwan Odom, Brayton didn't appear on any lists of the top prospects available.
   He's been considered an underachiever in Oakland. After getting drafted in the first round (32nd overall) in 2003, the Raiders have tried him at defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker. He has totaled six sacks.
   Yet there is some sentiment around the NFL that he's still got the potential to play much better. He's scheduled to arrive in Charlotte in time for dinner tonight, then to meet with coaches and others tomorrow.
   Tentatively, he's scheduled to visit some other teams, including Indianapolis.
   Stay tuned on this one. It's likely that Carolina coach John Fox sees something in Brayton that he thinks fits the Panthers scheme.
 
   -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 29, 2008 at 02:40 PM | Permalink

Comments

I hope Brayton does fit in and does anybody know what kind of cap room the Panthers have?

Posted by: Tyler | Feb 29, 2008 3:00:51 PM

with all the deals this week probably around 13-15 million under the cap.

Posted by: JC | Feb 29, 2008 3:11:39 PM

Brayton will come cheap...if thats where we're looking at DE. We will definitely need to sign another DT (sounds like we're looking at Rod Coleman) and if Ruckers really retiring we need to draft another DL as well. There's just too many questions about our DL right now to put everything on the hopes that McClover/Johnson improve and Peppers wakes the hell up.

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Feb 29, 2008 3:24:59 PM

why not spend some of this money they freed up on some quality players who have proven they are quality..to me this is almost laughable when justin smith and antwan odom are available. yeah theyre may be more needs bu this is a big need...ive never seen such a lack of pressure by a d line like we had last season..that might also have something to do with john foxs refusal to ever blitz other guys

Posted by: ty | Feb 29, 2008 4:30:40 PM

Why does everyone worry about the freaking salary cap? That just blows my mind. Let the number crunchers for the Panthers worry about the money - they have creative ways of getting what they want - restructuring contracts, releases, etc. Don't worry about it - just enjoy free agency for Pete's sake!

Posted by: Riptide | Feb 29, 2008 4:56:09 PM

yeah you'd think fox and hurney would have learned something from the Giants...if you have a good pass rush, you can beat the best of 'em...we need proven pass rushers!

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Feb 29, 2008 4:56:16 PM

This is just the kind of guy Hurney and Fox like-an underachiever. You'd think that they would have learned a lesson by now(eg.Carr,et al), that we can't always take underachievers and make them Super Bowl quality. Fox and Hurney are making 'big' changes by letting guys go who should have been let go a year or two ago and bringing back old, unpassionate players(eg Moose). With the lack of passion that we had last season, God knows we don't need him back. Prognosis: Next season=9-7, no playoffs, again.

Posted by: Pess Amistic | Feb 29, 2008 5:29:27 PM

i think if we need to pick one guy up to improve our offense, it is Michael Turner. But he is gonna have a pretty big price tag, so mainly a big RB to complement DeAngelo, sorts like davis-foster.

Posted by: jfischer010 | Feb 29, 2008 5:41:48 PM

Running back Chris Brown?

Posted by: Panther Fan D | Feb 29, 2008 6:33:12 PM

The Carolina Panthers Super Bowl XLIII Champs

Posted by: Panther Fan D | Feb 29, 2008 6:34:40 PM

you know i bet if this guy goes to indy he might have a solid season for once in his career, but put him in a panther uniform and itll be all downhill...im begging to think we're just cursed with mediocrity..3 winning seasons since 95 and mostly 7-9 or 8-8 otherwise....and oh dont forget 1-15

Posted by: ty | Feb 29, 2008 6:58:41 PM

Some thoughts:
Don't overpay for Michael Turner, trade down a few spots and take Jonathan Stewart in the 1st round to complement Deangelo W. If Sam Baker (OT, USC) somehow starts to fall trade up a little in the 2nd and take him. Someone is going to pay way too much for Turner,fyi.

Posted by: Chad | Feb 29, 2008 6:59:33 PM

Boo Stewart,Yeah Mendenhall.

Posted by: Ghost of Sparta | Feb 29, 2008 7:05:27 PM

I like Chad's thought. I am not sure if it will/can happen though. Brayton was a 1st rd pick in 03 so the guy has talent and he is big 6'6" 280lbs. I am not saying the guy is THE answer, but let's not forget, he was in Oakland the NFL's poorest run franchise. Maybe he can develop and tap into his potential with the Panthers (see Damione Lewis). Just trying to balance out the pessimism.

Posted by: Will Parker | Feb 29, 2008 7:16:52 PM

I thought the Panthers were going to attempt to make this a good season but, apparently not. With all the money, were still looking at people noone cares for. If we need a defensive end...Justini Smith ring a bell? See...some people are like well he's too expensive but news flash...good players cost money. If you want a good team you need decent players with heart and good coaching. Heart you can have, good coaching...but the good players part...COSTS money people. We always make due...why? Spend some money for once and get the best we can with what we have. Im tired of settling..its got us nowhere. Put out some money, and Carolina can start pulling in players and make this team good again.

Posted by: Dustin | Feb 29, 2008 8:36:56 PM

correction on a name.... Justin* Smith

Posted by: Dustin | Feb 29, 2008 8:37:52 PM

Umm.. how about we draft a OT in the first round instead of a complementary back. That'd be nice.

Posted by: Nate | Feb 29, 2008 9:42:57 PM

Will, your thought process on why we might sign Brayton sounds an awful lot like our "thought process" (if you can call it that) for signing David Carr last year- former 1st rounder, has the talent/tools, and was stuck with a poorly run team...we know how that turned out...I know that's kind of comparing apples to oranges but still, I'd rather have a proven pass rusher than someone who MIGHT have the ability to fit in our system.

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Feb 29, 2008 11:47:59 PM

Yeah, ty...the fact that the 2nd and 3rd-leading players on the team in sacks were LBs shows that we didn't call a single blitz all year.
And Nate...we already did draft a complimentary back in the 1st round. His name is DeAngelo Williams.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 29, 2008 11:55:38 PM

Is Brayton a fit for the panthers? Of course he is! Who isn't an upgrade for our now decimated D-line. Other then peppers (who will be fine next year) we have no proven playmakers on our D-line. We have a couple of young guys (Johnson, McClover) who could use a chance. A few fringe starters (Kemoeatu, Lewis), and at least two holes at both DE and DT. So let Brayton cheaply fill a spot and then dump one of your top two picks into a DE or DT. Go OT with the other 1st or 2nd pick and then take the best RB, or WR with the next two picks. We have two early 3rd round picks this year and the draft is rich in backs and wide receivers so those two 3rd rounders really mean something. Attack a safety either through free agency or reach a little with one of your top 3 picks and we should be fine. Did I mention that Rod Coleman is checking out Carolina? Pick him up in free agency, throw in a late round pick on another DT or DE and let everyone really compete for a starting job this spring.

Posted by: Corey | Mar 1, 2008 2:27:39 AM

What difference is it gonna make people about who we put on defense, because we still have that stupid defensive coordinator Trgo, why isn't this guy canned yet? Our defense will still be soft as hell and get burned and ran up and down on the whole game! Get a clue Richardsons and fire some of these coaches!

Posted by: Dmcc | Mar 1, 2008 1:04:04 PM

Ha Brayton's about all that's left at this point...most of the big names are gone.

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Mar 1, 2008 8:45:19 PM

Antwan Odom and Bobby McCray are both still around, but I don't know that they'll be any more cost effective than Brayton at this point.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 2, 2008 3:08:43 PM

Let's evaluate our "great" offseason so far: we let go a waste of money quarterback, then we release our middle linebacker that's been here for like 7 years, we release our best guard, trade away our best d-tackle, and our starting runningback; now we sign a backup guard, a backup corner, a backup defensive end, and we have nothing. We need a backup quarterback, but that can be addressed in the draft, we need a big runningback but the front office thinks D. Williams can do it all, we need a safety, and for God's sake we need someone who can sack the quarterback. We are a little above the Raiders when it comes to team strength. Right now, I'd rather be a Brown's fan because they are atleast spending money and getting people. They want to win!

Posted by: George | Mar 5, 2008 9:41:30 AM

Let's evaluate our "great" offseason so far: we let go a waste of money quarterback, then we release our middle linebacker that's been here for like 7 years, we release our best guard, trade away our best d-tackle, and our starting runningback; now we sign a backup guard, a backup corner, a backup defensive end, and we have nothing. We need a backup quarterback, but that can be addressed in the draft, we need a big runningback but the front office thinks D. Williams can do it all, we need a safety, and for God's sake we need someone who can sack the quarterback. We are a little above the Raiders when it comes to team strength. Right now, I'd rather be a Brown's fan because they are atleast spending money and getting people. They want to win!

Posted by: George | Mar 5, 2008 9:42:24 AM

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