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March 25, 2008

Sources: Panthers might have interest in Robertson

   Keep an eye on evolving situation involving New York Jets' defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson.

   He might, just might, become a target of the Carolina Panthers.

   The Jets have been trying to trade Robertson, the fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft, for more than a month, but haven't been able to close out a deal.

   They tried to include him in the transaction when they traded for former Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. But Carolina wanted draft picks -- they received a third- and fifth-rounder -- and didn't want to inherit Robertson's big contract, according to sources.

   Robertson has a $6.8 million base salary next season with a $3 million roster bonus due June 2.

    Cincinnati, Denver and Detroit have been involved in trade talks with the Jets regarding Robertson (6-1, 317 pounds). The Bengals reportedly were going to give the Jets a fourth- and fifth-round pick, but he failed Cincinnati's physical and the deal fell through.

    Robertson has played for several years with a bone-on-bone injury in one of his knees. He hasn't missed a game because of it, but it could shorten his career. (He has started 75 games during his five-year career, recording 256 tackles and 14 1/2 sacks.)

   There is now speculation that the Jets might have to cut him, though they're saying publically that they may keep him. But with all New York has spent in free agency on players like Jenkins, Alan Faneca and Calvin Pace, it's highly unlikely they'll pay Robertson the $3 million roster bonus in June.

   Robertson has been a no-show so far at the Jets' offseason conditioning workouts.

   If the Jets release him, his contract will expire and teams would have the chance to negotiate a new deal more to their liking.

   If that happens, sources say Carolina likely will get involved, though it isn't clear how much they'd be willing to pay. The Panthers desperately need defensive tackle help and Robertson is superior to the other free agents currently available at that position.

   The Jets thought Robertson, 26, wasn't strong enough to play nose tackle in their 3-4 defense and essentially replaced him with Jenkins. But Robertson should be a much better fit in a 4-3 defense, which the Panthers use.


Posted by Observer Sports on March 25, 2008 at 07:13 PM | Permalink


146 1/2 sacks in 75 games, WOW :)

Posted by: PantherHead | Mar 25, 2008 7:19:08 PM

I guess we do need to sign him. We do need to have four DT's in our lineup and I dont think we should use 2 picks on DT's. Obviously, we will draft another DT in the later rounds because we have other concerns on the first draft day (OT, DE, FS, and maybe add a bruising back). Brayton can play both DE or DT but seems to be strictly for depth.

Posted by: James327 | Mar 25, 2008 7:23:48 PM

THAT IS A MISPRINT - Robertson DID NOT have 146 1/2 sacks in 75 games. TIGHTEN' UP CHARLES CHANDLER.

Posted by: James327 | Mar 25, 2008 7:25:54 PM

He was the 4th overall pick!? Then put in a 3-4 defense? And now about to get released? That sounds like it could be an absolute steal if we get him. I really really hope we can land him. That will help us if we have any crap picks in the draft later on. Anyone got any more info on this guy and how good a player he is?

Posted by: Frozenham.com | Mar 25, 2008 7:35:25 PM

Okay, it is really only 14.5 sacks in 5 years and 75 games. But that's playing as a NT in a 3-4, I feel he'd be much better playing in a 4-3 scheme, and I'd feel a lot better about our DT situation if this happened. He's definitely not worth trading for, his contract now is not worth it. If we signed him it'd be alright, I still want a DT in the draft.

Posted by: WildMagz | Mar 25, 2008 7:38:24 PM

WOW 146 and 1/2 sacks in 5 years!! sign, trade, or do whatever you have to get him here!! He's a bonafide superstar! Pep can't touch him.

Posted by: jaymo | Mar 25, 2008 7:40:44 PM

WOW 146 and 1/2 sacks in 5 years!! sign, trade, or do whatever you have to get him here!! He's a bonafide superstar! Pep can't touch him.

Posted by: jaymo | Mar 25, 2008 7:41:13 PM

WOW 146 and 1/2 sacks in 5 years!! sign, trade, or do whatever you have to get him here!! He's a bonafide superstar! Pep can't touch him.

Posted by: jaymo | Mar 25, 2008 7:41:20 PM

Sorry, folks ... We originally had it as 14 1/2 sacks, but a typo got in there somehow ... By the way, we're updating the story and adding in some new info as well as correcting the sack total ... Thanks, Charles

Posted by: Charles Chandler | Mar 25, 2008 7:45:39 PM

tsk, tsk. Any of you critical SOB's look in the mirror?? I'm with wildmagz. If he can handle NT, than chances are he would do great lined up over the guard in a 4-3 scheme. Naturally, I don't want him on board unless he comes at a good price. This is where that Tyler Brayton signing comes in huge... the Cat brass can negotiate being that they potentially have enough talent in the middle (with Kemo run-stopping and Brayton pass-rushing in a 3-man rotation) to no longer have a desperate need at DT. I really love what Hurney and his staff have done this offseason. I guess ancient wisdom wins once again... "pateince is a virtue!"

Posted by: SYRPIS | Mar 25, 2008 8:11:33 PM

Thanks for the update Charles.....

Posted by: rhackney | Mar 25, 2008 8:12:37 PM

Moreover, isn't Rod Coleman still available?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Mar 25, 2008 8:12:58 PM

Oh Boy another Sean Gilbert!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Bill Harrill | Mar 25, 2008 8:48:39 PM

Soooooooo.... if he were to sign with Carolina at some point, I can safely assume our medical standards are lower than the BENGALS?!?!?!?!?!!??

Posted by: Stinger | Mar 25, 2008 8:54:49 PM

well im only taking him if he passes a physical and at a decent rate. bone on bone anything is not good and can become a major problem very quickly. i know we need a DT but what good is an injured or ready to be on the IR type of player...they better really think this through. NFL Network sais that we are holding a private workout for Mendenhall, could be a smoke screen but it be a good pickup either way...The Lions and Bears both cuvit him and may want to trade up if they think we might nab him, so thats a perfect area to trade down too...not too far and still pick up a pick and are guy.

Posted by: randy | Mar 25, 2008 9:02:03 PM

Ouch. Bone on bone is scary. Please don't waste big bucks Mr. Hurney!

Posted by: Ron | Mar 25, 2008 9:06:19 PM

In my opinion the conversation on this guy should have ended here:
Robertson has played for several years with a bone-on-bone injury in one of his knees.

Remember a guy named Dominick Davis, RB for the Texans? He was awesome and never missed games either due to his bone on bone condition, now he's out of the league. Even if Robertson gets cut, he's going to command a pretty decent price tag I would think. Anything more than the standard Panthers offer to FA's this offseason (1-2 yr deal, couple million) is way too much.

Posted by: Chad | Mar 25, 2008 9:06:36 PM

Im with chad on this...only if after the draft we absolutely need to.

Posted by: randy | Mar 25, 2008 9:08:53 PM

Panthers. Forget it. I see another Sean Gilbert.

Posted by: par404 | Mar 25, 2008 9:56:41 PM


No Ticket Price Increase

Posted by: JR | Mar 25, 2008 10:17:25 PM

Chad, I hate to burst your bubble, but Domanick Davis does not exist ...

Try Domanick WILLIAMS ...

Posted by: Shane | Mar 25, 2008 11:50:21 PM

This may have already been discussed, but I heard Marty Hurney attending the Arkansas pro day workout for McFadden

Posted by: M | Mar 26, 2008 12:01:24 AM

Alright guys, just for fun; which of our newest acquisitions will turn out to be true gems and which do you think are going to be bust. Any of them that turn their careers around will make a great story.

Posted by: rawjem | Mar 26, 2008 12:06:14 AM

Quit playing stupid Shane when you know the guy changed his last name near the tail end of his career when nobody cared!

Posted by: Somebody defending Chad | Mar 26, 2008 12:29:33 AM

You aren't bursting any bubbles Shane, but you are being a smart ass! haha, I'm sure you just googled "Domanick Davis" to see who I was talking about and Williams came up.
Call him whatever you want, he hasn't played since 2005 after totaling about 4,500 yards, 150 catches, and 28 TD's in his first 3 seasons. Bone on bone knee conditions are a b*tch...

Posted by: Chad | Mar 26, 2008 7:13:38 AM

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