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March 01, 2008

Shocker: Denver gives Colbert 3 years, $7.2 M

Indeed, America is the land of opportunity.

Brace yourself, because this deal is one that Don King would love.

Panthers free agent receiver Keary Colbert, who was no longer wanted by Carolina and figured to be down the line on the list of unrestricted free agents at his position, got a sweetheart deal Saturday from the Denver Broncos.

His terms: $7.2 million over three years, including a $2.5 million signing bonus.

If ever there has been proof that of the 32 teams in the NFL, it only takes once to make you rich, this is it.

Colbert had an oustanding rookie season for the Panthers, but hasn’t played up to that level since. He caught 32 passes last season for 332 yards and no touchdowns.

Word out of Denver is that he’ll have a chance to start as the team’s No.. 2 receiver.

Seriously, here’s hoping he does very well there.


Posted by Observer Sports on March 1, 2008 at 08:49 PM | Permalink


hahahahaha what's next? A 5 year, $20 million deal for David Carr? How about it Denver? Him and Colbert still have the potential to be...ha couldn't say that with a straight face. Thanks for the news Chandler, here I was thinking our deal for Colclough was the worst of the day, but boy was I wrong. 7.2 million for Colbert? OH WOW

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Mar 1, 2008 8:55:49 PM

That is crazy, coldert can't catch a cold. Amazing teams are willing to spend that kind of money on chance. With all of the other free agent WR they pick him. Well i guess one mans trash is another mans treasure.

Posted by: Matt | Mar 1, 2008 9:22:21 PM

The Colclough deal is also laughable ... no comment.

Posted by: Krueger | Mar 1, 2008 9:24:08 PM

Haha well he's Denver's overpaid problem now...let's focus on our own needs now. I guess this new corner is mostly for special teams? Who knows? Let's just hope we can get a decent receiver now to replace that overpaid sorry excuse for a receiver Colbert.

Posted by: JPanther | Mar 1, 2008 9:31:05 PM

Good for him. He's not terrible but clearly overvalued in this situation.

There is the off chance he might shine with a more accurate QB throwing his way.

Posted by: Greg | Mar 1, 2008 9:31:11 PM

fact is, the guy can be a talent.. he was one of the better WR's in the 04 draft, he just never lived up to that potential apart from in his first season. I for one hope he does well there!

Posted by: jerry | Mar 1, 2008 9:41:03 PM

I think we all have to realize the salary cap really does not mean that much...The total $ amount sounds large, but it's all about the signing bonus and guranteed money...he'll be gone soon from there too.

I wonder how much sogning bonus or gurantedd cash Colclough got from us?? It may sound like a lot of cash, but he'll get cut next year and resigned if we want him...

Posted by: Local | Mar 1, 2008 9:45:02 PM

Remember players have left the panthers and did good things other places so it's not like it can't happen for us, to us. the Bucs, Texans just to name the few if know. don't be so hard some players do well under other programs. time will tell, he only has one more year. we are only two years removed from the playoffs, both years we had significant injuries. QB last year almost the whole D-line year before. so it's possible.

Posted by: sedstar | Mar 1, 2008 10:00:56 PM

Maybe the Broncos should sign me next! I'm slow and can't catch, just like Keary Colbert. I'll sign for the veteran minimum. What do you say Denver?

Posted by: resident jenius | Mar 1, 2008 10:01:09 PM

The thing is...Colbert made some really good plays but, his constant dropping passes over looked whatever he did that was good. Hopefully he can continue to get better. If not, then congrats Denver....you just bought yourself a 7.2 million dollar pass dropper.

Posted by: Dustin | Mar 1, 2008 10:01:49 PM

You hear that sound? That's the sound of Jay Cutler getting screwed!

Posted by: jomast | Mar 1, 2008 10:18:04 PM

$7,200,000 equals $225,000 for every pass Colbert caught last year and $21,680 for every yard Colbert gained last year.

Even in a down year Steve Smith would like that deal.

Posted by: 4Gross | Mar 1, 2008 10:44:29 PM

Carr may end up with the Vikings...

Posted by: Fan | Mar 1, 2008 11:15:36 PM

espn is reporting the deal at 2 years, $2.4 million.

Posted by: Adam | Mar 1, 2008 11:23:59 PM

J.P. Losman up for grabs at this moment. Man can you see him at the Vikings, that would be nasty throwing the long direct bombs to now reciever Berrian like he did with Lee Evans. Forget Carr!
Vikings need him.
Panthers need help. Jonathan Stewart help. Kenny Phillips help. Dawuan Tribble help. what ever his name is. all I know I seen this kid play for the last 2 years at Boston College and Im telling you. He is Asante Samuel-ish. Look out!

Posted by: football fan | Mar 2, 2008 1:19:56 AM

Hey guys, if Colbert does well in Denver I SERIOUSLY hope you remember all of these comments and sentiments. Another words, let's not hang Fox over this one... i.e. "How can he let Colbert go? He had so much potential!" I'm not saying that Colbert will do well, but it is the nature of the beast. I mean all too often a player doesn't do well on one team and does well on another (Fox & company have made a career on signing such players), or vice versa, where a player does well (has a good year) and signs a mega contract somewhere else and flops. Regardless, you can't hang someone for a lack of soothsaying ability. FYI

Posted by: SYRPIS | Mar 2, 2008 1:22:14 AM

haha SYRPIS, you're kidding right? I doubt Colbert will have any sort of success in Denver, but if he does, no one's going to forget how much we fans didn't want him here and blame Foxy for it. Hell, Foxy might not even be here to be blamed for it if we don't start signing some good Free Agents and make this into a team that can make the playoffs...

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Mar 2, 2008 1:33:10 AM

LMFAO!!!!! What a joke. Denver cuts Javon Walker and then signs this bust Colbert. I look foward to the Panthers playing them next year.

Posted by: jthomas | Mar 2, 2008 1:41:10 AM

Eugene Wilson at Safety would be nice. He stated that he wanted to part ways with the Pats and seek options elsewhere. We could solidify our safety spot now and be able to draft another playmaker instead... What do you think about him? Why aren't the Panthers recruiting anyone???...WITW!

Posted by: 7-9 | Mar 2, 2008 1:41:50 AM

Marty Hurney is the reason why. He is a cancer that has infected this team since he became general manager. As long as Hurney is calling the shots on players the Panthers will never return to the playoffs.

Posted by: jthomas | Mar 2, 2008 1:46:48 AM

Even the "almighty" Tuna uses a page from Fox's personnel strategy book to sign players.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Mar 2, 2008 2:05:54 AM

It's just good business to man your team with hungry contributors vs. reputable high paid (and potentially overpaid) potential busts. Yes, the Kemo deal was a bad move. I do remember a time when people were excited about his potential though. Furthermore, you people act like he is getting a top 10 salary. Moreover, he is not as horrible as you paint him out to be... not as good as $5M/yr, but he still contributes. (BTW, his bonuses were just converted which makes it a do or die year for him). The same can be said with Carr, who many people thought he was a steal when the Cats landed him. He did turn out to be pretty horrible (other than that great run where he pulls a circus move to get a first down). However, Carr was released FYI. At some point, some of you people need to give Fox some credit for the good things he does without overshadowing it with all the negative comments attached to your praises.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Mar 2, 2008 2:16:14 AM

And as far Hurney only getting 3rd & 5th rnd picks for "Big Kid" the Lions got a similar deal for Shaun Rodgers. Many other equivilant deals were made around the league too. There May be one or two "good ones", but the rest are pretty standard, just like the one that was made here. So PLEEEEEEEEEESE give the Fox bashing a rest already, will ya!?!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Mar 2, 2008 2:19:17 AM

I mean flip things around... if you were running an NFL franchise, would you offer more that a 3 & 5 for an overpaid/under-acheiving trouble-making alcaholic who has been in and out of injuries??? If you ask me, Hurney should get praised for getting that much. The only reason the Cats were offered a 2nd rounder last year is because Jenkins did have that flop of a year yet. Couple that with all the rifts he was trying to create, and he is definately a pontentially high paid potential busts I mentioned earlier (that teams typically try to avoid since the great Gilbert debacle).

Posted by: SYRPIS | Mar 2, 2008 2:26:18 AM

Yeah, I wouldn't dare utter the name Sean Gilbert too loudly around any long-time Panthers fans, the memory of such a monumental front office blunder is still too tender a topic to joke about.

But Jenkins is no Gilbert; Jenkins actually cared about the game and produced. The man was sick of the melancholy attitude seeping from the coaching staff and the indifferent air settling in the locker room, so he said something about it. And for that, he deserves some praise.

The man is still an All-Pro talent--even though he spent most of the season recovering from a serious season-ending injury suffered in '06--and the Jets got a steal by only giving up a third and a fifth round pick.

Believe me, next year he's going to be in the running for a Pro Bowl slot. I'm just sad it won't be for us.

Posted by: hillbilly | Mar 2, 2008 4:08:01 AM

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