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April 01, 2008

Belichick: Seward deal still possible

Adamseward_3New England coach Bill Belichick is leaving open the possibility of signing Panthers restricted free agent linebacker Adam Seward to an offer sheet.

   Seward visited the Patriots last month, but the team hasn't moved to sign him yet and has only 17 days remaining before the NFL's April 18 deadline for signing restricted free agents.

   As is his custom, Belichick was vague when asked about Seward Tuesday at an AFC coaches' media breakfast at the NFL owner's meetings.

   "The fact of the matter is we haven't done that," he said of signing Seward. "Could we do it? Yes. For that to happen, there still are a number of things to take place."

   The Panthers would have the right to match any offer from the Patriots. If the Panthers decline to match, New England would owe Carolina a fifth-round draft pick, the same round in which Carolina selected Seward in 2005.

   Seward has been primarily a special teams player and backup linebacker for the Panthers. The Patriots reportedly like his size (6-2, 248 pounds) and envision him as an inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.

   -- Oakland restricted free agent Chris Carr, a kick returner and cornerback who visited Carolina, no longer is a target of the Panthers. He signed an offer sheet with Tennessee and will wind up either with the Titans or Raiders, depending upon whether Oakland matches. There is no draft choice compensation involved since Carr was an undrafted free agent.   -- Charles Chandler   

Posted by Observer Sports on April 1, 2008 at 11:59 AM | Permalink


This is a win-win for the Panthers. You either get a quality back-up (with starting experience in multiple positions)/special teams player, or a fifth round pick. Either way, the Panther brass is sitting pretty with this one.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Apr 1, 2008 2:41:38 PM

He is a terrible LB. PUHLEEEEEEZZZZEEEE Belicheat take this bum off our hands!

Posted by: Jimmy the Nose | Apr 1, 2008 3:16:23 PM

OH how rude of you !!!! I am sooo crossing my fingers that we get to KEEP him!!! =)

Posted by: luvseward59 | Apr 1, 2008 4:16:00 PM

Love the Moves so far

Posted by: Panther90 | Apr 1, 2008 5:47:37 PM

It would be good to Adam move in a situation that he could earn an everyday spot. He did a good job for us. Some of you need to take a deep breath!

Posted by: Panther50 | Apr 1, 2008 6:40:03 PM

Billy, take a chance on him. If you like him you are probably right. Remember that Haye character that they had? Yeah yeah thats the one! They didn't give him chance to play. I gots em now and he can produce.

Posted by: Gruden | Apr 1, 2008 6:47:32 PM

Hope we ge the draft pick...

Posted by: Local | Apr 1, 2008 11:48:50 PM

Belichick knows whats up. Seward is strong, fast, and experienced, he has never been given the chance to play for a starting spot in Carolina... Why? Who knows every time he gets in the linebacker spot he makes a play. how about that Tampa Bay game where he steps in off the sidelines and makes a solo tackle for a loss! He has talent written all over him, and Belichick knows that. Lets all hope Carolina doesn't lose a great player because of their inability to recognize raw talent.

Posted by: Liz | Apr 2, 2008 12:41:01 AM

This picture was definitely taken right after a night of hard partying in uptown Charlotte. Nice hair brah, get your lean on...

Posted by: Tommy | Apr 2, 2008 3:44:38 AM

You got it Liz...as an MLB, he should have been starting ahead of _______________? Jon Beason? Hah. Dan Morgan? Certainly not. Chris Draft? Maybe, but Draft was a veteran better able to learn multiple positions. Seward might be talented, but he's a backup for this club at best.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 2, 2008 11:51:02 AM

Hey Liz,

The panthers did give Seward a chance to start linebacker in 2006 and I was all behind it. However he was at middle linebacker and looked completely lost in the 3 or so games he started after Morgan was hurt yet again. Seward came into the league hungry to play and was fast and hit hard but I don't believe has the tangibles to be a starter in the league. Not at middle linebacker anyway.

Posted by: markping | Apr 2, 2008 8:34:41 PM

hey markping i have also followed seward and he started the 2nd half against atlanta and led the team with 8 tackles and was on the sideline on 3rd a long when atlanta ran draw plays up and down the field, his first start against the vikings with the biggest offensive line in the league and the panthers never allowed a td remember they lost in overtime and on the play that set up the winning field goal seward wasn't even in the game because the panthers were in a nickel defense so please don't tell me he got a legit chance to play and for whatever reason he won't play for carolina basically because they don't want him to, when he is in the game he always seems to make plays

Posted by: todd harmeyer | Apr 3, 2008 1:05:43 AM

Adam Seward has started two games in his career. In those two games he has totaled five tackles, no sacks, no FFs, no FRs, no PDs, no INTs, and no anything else of relevance. I'd hardly call that "always making plays."

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 3, 2008 10:20:08 AM

13 tackles in only 1 and a half starts thats definetly around the ball plus its hard to get a sack when you don't blitz the mlb beason had on sack in 16 games seward at this pace would have had 140 tackle in 06

Posted by: tfharmeyer | Apr 3, 2008 2:56:02 PM

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