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March 31, 2008

Dungy high on Panthers signee Brayton

   PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Count Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy among the admirers of Panthers' free agent signee Tyler Brayton, a defensive end.

   The Colts haven't signed any outside free agents, but they tried to land Brayton. He visited with Indianapolis after his trip to Carolina, but eventually chose the Panthers.

   Though Brayton didn't fulfill the promise the Raiders hoped when they selected him in the first round of the 2003 draft, Dungy said the Colts remained high on his potential.

   "We liked Tyler coming out (of college at Colorado)," Dungy said Monday at the NFL owners' meetings. "We had real, real high grades on him."

   Dungy said he told Brayton that when the Colts were deciding who to pick with their 2003 first-round selection (No. 24 overall) they seriously considered taking Brayton before opting for tight end Dallas Clark.

   Brayton wound up going to Oakland eight picks later.

   Brayton started 49 games in his first four seasons with the Raiders, but never settled into a position and recorded only six sacks. He was tried at defensive end, linebacker and defensive tackle. Last season, he didn't start a game, didn't have a sack and had just 11 tackles.

   Despite his struggles in Oakland, Dungy said the Colts were very interested in seeing what he could have done in their defensive system.

   "We didn't see any reason to think we were wrong (in their grades before the '03 draft). We would've liked to have had him," said Dungy.

   Unless the Panthers pick a defensive end high in the draft, Brayton likely will compete with Charles Johnson for the starting right defensive end position.

   LEAGUE NEWS: Patriots owner Bob Kraft revealed today for the first time that former team employee Matt Walsh never signed a confidentiality agreement with the club. Lawyers for Walsh, now working on a golf course in Hawaii, have been negotiating with league attorneys so he can talk to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the "spygate" controversy. News reports have indicated that Walsh may have more information about illegal videotaping of opponents by the Patriots, including prior to their Super Bowl game with the St. Louis Rams.

    -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 31, 2008 at 02:52 PM | Permalink


Kraft may have revealed it today that Walsh did not sign a confidentiality agreement, but other news sources revealed that about a month ago. Did he mention verbal agreements?

Posted by: Ben | Mar 31, 2008 4:01:35 PM

this is nice to hear that a more than proven coach in this league has high regards for Brayton...Can someone tell me the truth on Alex Haynes? Is he any good? he seems to have the same size as Toefield...just an interested fan who hasnt been able to attend practices, etc.

Posted by: randy | Mar 31, 2008 4:25:25 PM

Tyler Brayton is ten feet tall, weighs two-tons, breathes fire, and could eat a hammer and take a shotgun blast standing.

Posted by: Chuck Norris | Mar 31, 2008 6:52:25 PM

Randy,I also would like to know as well,He doesnt seem to be in their intrest to start him.

Posted by: #1 Fan | Mar 31, 2008 6:55:08 PM

I hope the Panthers don't make the same mistake as Raiders. It seems like we move players from position to position to much. The coaches need to make a decision and stick to it > give him a shot at Defensive End and if he doesn't perform move on >

Posted by: Kelso | Mar 31, 2008 7:00:56 PM

He'll be A line'm up and find'm guy to keep defenses on there toes...kinda what they should do with Peppers

Posted by: randy | Mar 31, 2008 9:08:18 PM

Peppers sucks donkey nuts, hahahaa

Posted by: Nano Hituki | Mar 31, 2008 9:17:38 PM

Well, size aside, there is the matter of talent separating Haynes and Toefield. LBT was a 1st-team All-SEC player. Haynes wasn't a 1st-team All-MAC player.

Kelso, there's also a difference betwen the approach the Raiders and Panthers could take with Brayton. With a 1st-round pick (and the contract associated with it), the Raiders had quite a bit more invested in the guy than we do. I'd like to know, though, whom you think we move too much. In fact, I can't think of a single player who's played multiple positions other than Mangum, Goings, and Thomas Davis (who was moved for injury reasons.)

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 31, 2008 9:23:23 PM

don't forget Dante Rosario, Kalil, Gross, soon to be Wharton and Peppers, Procton.
come on man you're usually on top of these things!

Posted by: Ted | Mar 31, 2008 9:34:34 PM

Brayton might have potential, maybe. He was a 1st round pick.

Posted by: James327 | Mar 31, 2008 9:58:28 PM

Tony Dungy and John Fox liked this guy, Oakland just takes the good out of players. He is huge 6'6" 280 lbs. and has played some linebacker, DE, and DT so must have some type of athletisicm and ability.

Posted by: James327 | Mar 31, 2008 10:35:48 PM

Rosario played TE last year after playing TE his senior year of college. Gross has only played OT (switching sides doesn't count.) Wharton hasn't switched yet. Peppers moonlights as a TE or WR, but I'd hardly qualify that as a "position change." Sorry about Kalil.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 31, 2008 11:48:38 PM

I thought Rosario lined up at FB some last year, right?
Here is another one: CJ Wilson. He was a CB in college that the team wants to play at safety. I'm not sure that he actually got in a game at S last year though, may have just been special teams.

But who cares! Where a guy played in college may not be his best fit in the NFL (see Brian Urlacher).

Posted by: Chad | Apr 1, 2008 7:36:32 AM

MP, Wharton actually started at guard his rookie season ...

Here's the excerpt from his Wikipedia page:

"He started the final 11 games at left guard as a rookie in 2004 after being inactive for the first five contests. He was the lone rookie starter on the offensive line in 2004 that yielded only 33 sacks, the third-lowest total in Carolina history."

So, Wharton has switched ...

Posted by: Shane | Apr 1, 2008 12:18:23 PM

Hey nano....you are such a small person as your name would suggest. I say we all refer to you in the future as nano-nutts.

Posted by: DanCat | Apr 1, 2008 1:08:24 PM

Brayton is just a guy in rotation since the Panthers like to keep atleast 3 DE's and 3 DT's that all have to be atleast descent.

Posted by: James327 | Apr 1, 2008 7:08:27 PM

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