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March 17, 2008

Hackett's ankle not a concern, agent says

  The high sprain in D.J. Hackett's right ankle, which caused him to miss 10 games for Seattle last season, is completely healed, according to his agent.
    "It's not an issue whatsoever," said agent Kevin Robinson.
    If Hackett, 26, can stay healthy, the Panthers may find that they've landed one of the NFL's up-and-coming young receivers. He agreed to terms with Carolina on a two-year, $3.5 million deal Monday.
    Hackett caught 32 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns last season, playing in  six games, all starts, for the Seahawks.
    He had only one dropped pass all season, according to Stats Inc.
 Robinson said the Panthers told Hackett during his visit last weekend that he'd start at wide receiver with Steve Smith. Competition for that spot figures to come from Muhsin Muhammad and Dwayne Jarrett.
    The arrival of Hackett and Muhammad this offseason should provide a substantial upgrade over outgoing free agents Keary Colbert and Drew Carter, who signed with Denver and Oakland, respectively.
    However, the Panthers will miss Carter's deep speed. They'll probably need to count on second-year pro Ryne Robinson to be an occassional deep threat. He figures to be the No. 5 receiver.   
    Getting Hackett also takes some pressure off of Jarrett, a second-round pick last season who had a disappointing rookie season and recently made headlines off-the-field when he was charged with driving while impaired.
   -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 17, 2008 at 02:15 PM | Permalink


In a year of an overpriced FA crop, the Panthers stuck to their plan of getting the young up and coming players instead of high priced vets like a Wahle or Hartwig. Draft for the OL and DL and possibly explore a few trades (say both our 3rds and Gamble OR Lucas for a teams 1st rounder), and we can seriously make a vast improvement from last year VERY quickly. Richard Marshall is ready to start NOW, and can keep up with fast recievers, not to mention tackle.

Posted by: whitemiket | Mar 17, 2008 2:59:22 PM

The Panthers will not miss Drew Carter one bit.

Posted by: Jaxon | Mar 17, 2008 3:31:02 PM

Jaxon I agree. Carter was so-so at best. He was amazingly fast yes, but so are track stars and other CBs in the league. His problem was that he couldn't catch with somebody right on him. Hope Oakland can get more out of him than we did. Welcome to Carolina, D.J. Hackett!

Posted by: JPanther | Mar 17, 2008 3:41:13 PM

Good Move for DJ. Young and lots of upside. He will go good with Moore as QB. Cause Delhomme won't be what he was. Need to give Moore the weapons and he will produce.

Posted by: Kelso | Mar 17, 2008 3:57:19 PM

Sorry, but I think Robinson will likely be the fourth WR. I know a lot of people are still looking for Jarrett to show up, but till he does he doesn't deserve to be considered more than 5th. Robinson, played more last year, and made more plays. He looks like the fourth option far more than Jarrett.

Posted by: jbw | Mar 17, 2008 4:00:21 PM

Great pick up by the cats. Also, he will go great with Jake. I don't know what Kelso is talking about, but I think we saw what Jake was capable of last year before the injury. Everything looks good for a full recovery and I expect the Cats to be serious contenders this year in the NFC....

Posted by: CardiacCat#1 | Mar 17, 2008 4:05:10 PM

this is awesome just the pick me up i was looking for now we just need to fill gaps...Draft well and stay healthy

Posted by: randy | Mar 17, 2008 4:05:24 PM

Reports have also said they Delhomme is healing perfectly fine and rehab is going great they expect him to be ready for training camp.. look for a explosive offense this year... Finally

Posted by: Kfields | Mar 17, 2008 4:21:35 PM

THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE!! of HOW HORRIFIC!!! the panthers DRAFT!!! Do you guys realize Jarrett May not MAKE THE ROSTER!! another 2nd round pick BUST!! it's killing us!
S. SMith
(R. Robison) although I wish they would cut his sorry azz! but Fox will keep him and dress him as Return man. So that puts Jarrett at number 5WR!!
And the panthers Don't even Dress! 5 WR's often! You want to know the problem with this team?? it's simple!
1. Fox conservative play calling
2. Fox/hurney Inability to DRAFT!!


The panthers will go 10 and 6 next year. because of our super EASY schedule

Posted by: Cheven | Mar 17, 2008 4:23:58 PM

Cheven...relax dude. Jarrett & Robinson were both rookies last year. Let them get at least 2 or 3 seasons under their belt before cutting them dude. The draft is hit & miss and I'd challenge you to go out and find a team that has had a better draft record over the last 5 years. We're right there with the rest of the league as far as draft picks go. Jarrett isn't going anywhere and if they do cut him this year they'd be idiots for doing so. Robinson started showing some spark last year which is a sign that the game was starting to make sense to him...he was reacting instead of thinking. I don't see how you can call our schedule "super easy" either. No one knows whats going to happen from one season to the next...too much parody in the league. All these predictions that these guys make are fun to talk about and make the offseason go by but no one has a clue who is going to win or who isn't. Who in the hell would've picked the Giants to beat the Patriots in the Superbowl? I didn't even think the Giants would be able to beat us at the beginning of last year. These teams are filled with superstars from the sport...it's up to them to seperate themselves from the pack...not the coaches.

Posted by: JT | Mar 17, 2008 4:42:43 PM

Thank you JT. you are right on point with you comment, i dont know why most of our fans always talk smack about our organization but when we are doing something good its do to other team beeing horable, we do what we can and if it works out good if not well look forward to next season, why are ppl talking smeak about gamble and lucas, its like if a player dont have an record setting season its time to cut them well why not trying dealing with what you have and if u are panthers fan be happy thay they try changing things up and try to better our team

Posted by: e-zone | Mar 17, 2008 4:57:03 PM

A lot of folks are expressing concern over Hackett's ankle injury, but we need to remember he played at least half his games on artificial turf in Seattle. Natural grass fields are less likely to cause, or aggravate that injury. We should be looking at 14 natural turf games next season... the ankle shouldn't be a concern.

Posted by: John | Mar 17, 2008 5:02:15 PM

"He had only one dropped pass all season, according to Stats Inc."

Now, here is where he is a huge upgrade over any WR (except Steve Smith) Carolina had last year!

Posted by: john | Mar 17, 2008 5:04:06 PM

Artificial turf a problem? We're talking Field Turf here, not the old Olympic Stadium carpet over concrete. DJ's problem early on was that he couldn't play through a hangnail. His coach called him out as someone who had to learn the difference between being hurt and being injured. Just cross your fingers and pray he doesn't go on the IR for a "pinky boo-boo."

Posted by: E | Mar 17, 2008 5:45:10 PM

enough with the negativity, panthers great move today. And Peppers, your still one of the best ends in the league. please panthers fans, take your negativity elsewhere. Lets go CATS!

Posted by: Andrew Lee | Mar 17, 2008 5:55:51 PM

John, Smitty had 7 drops last year, so he's hardly immune himself.

E...a high ankle sprain is hardly a "boo-boo"...ask Twonny Lawson how he feels about his.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 17, 2008 6:28:19 PM

A high ankle sprain is not something that should be taken lightly - but it is 100% recoverable. It is not an abrasive surgery he had to undergo - i dont think its an issue. this is a great pickup - we are replacing Drew Carter and Keary Colbert with Moose and DJ Hackett. That is a huge upgrade.

Posted by: james | Mar 17, 2008 6:35:49 PM

We signed T J Hackett, Why no go after Dallas's Marion Barber??

Posted by: Brad Brinkley | Mar 17, 2008 6:57:12 PM

T J, D J, Whichever,
D J Hackett, I hope we get to know is name, ie, TouchDown D J Hackett !!

Posted by: Brad Brinkley | Mar 17, 2008 6:59:34 PM

Ankle, hip... it adds up to over 2,500 hits when you Google "DJ Hackett" and "injury history"... If he can survive 12 games per season, it's a great pickup. But he does have a history of being a player who hasn't always played through the everyday nicks and bruises. Enjoy those rose-colored glasses, though. They look good on you.

Posted by: E | Mar 17, 2008 7:02:34 PM

Exciting day hun! So please, all you cats, don't go puttin the black cat on us by starting that horse pucky talk about the freaking super bowl. Personally, I think it would be awsome just to hear those beautiful words, playoff bound Carolina Panthers. It seems like such a long time ago. P.S. I don't know bout you guys, but I'm jacked!!!!

Posted by: stork | Mar 17, 2008 8:10:16 PM

'Icy-Hot' is too weak for DJ Hackett. After a workout, Hackett rubs his muscles down with liquid-hot MAGMA.

Posted by: Chuck Norris | Mar 17, 2008 8:42:34 PM

Get a life Chuck Norris.....

Posted by: Charles Bronson | Mar 17, 2008 9:44:53 PM

ut ohh proctons glass is always half empty... I just wish the panthers would put his sorry ass on the field!!!

Posted by: wowo | Mar 17, 2008 11:37:12 PM

you guys leave micheal prostate alone!

Posted by: Stephen | Mar 18, 2008 3:35:46 AM

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