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July 15, 2008

TE Barnidge joins list of signees

The Carolina Panthers signed the second of their nine rookie draft choices Tuesday: tight end Gary Barnidge, the team’s fifth-round pick. Defensive tackle Nick Hayden, a sixth-rounder, signed last week. The team is close to a deal with a seventh-round pick, offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau.

The Panthers also released fullback Breyone Evans of Massachusetts, defensive back Cortney Grixby of Nebraska and receiver Damon Morton of Colorado State. All three were rookie free agents. -- DAVID SCOTT

Posted by Observer Sports on July 15, 2008 at 06:29 PM | Permalink


This is for you Fox haters...

The reason why the Panthers don't do so well at home, could be the fans. I'm not the first to say, and I'm sure I won't be the last.

Also, CBSspots.com is reporting that that 7th round OL (whose name I don't remeber---Ron) has already been signed. They even have the terms of the contract listed. So was he already signed or not?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 15, 2008 9:38:06 PM

That 7th rounder is Mackenzy Bernadeau, and he has not signed yet, according to Panthers officials. He's still looking over the contract.
David Scott

Posted by: David Scott | Jul 15, 2008 10:08:47 PM

Panthers are also close with Schwartz, Taylor, and Godfrey, per Darin Gantt.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2008 1:29:33 AM


Start paving the road to the Super Bowl now right boys?

Panthers SUCK!!!! I love this Procton guy by the way, he exploits the fact that all of you that live in this po dunk city and state and area are all such idiots and know nothing about NFL football. Thanks Procton for keeping the rest of us entertained.


Posted by: HP | Jul 16, 2008 7:13:38 AM

the last person who I would want to receive praise from is an Eagles fan, probably the same fan who wanted arguably the best receiver in the NFL (T.O.) ran out of town.

Posted by: matt | Jul 16, 2008 7:30:37 AM

Know nothing about football? Do Panthers fans know something about beating the Eagles in the NFC Championship game in that armpit of a city you call home? Or did you just not want to talk about, you know, FACTS? Didn't think so.

Posted by: Huh? | Jul 16, 2008 7:53:13 AM

Yeah who would want to live in a place like Charlotte when they can live in a place like Philly on a pile of garbage that smells like sewage, and where the people would rather spit on you than give you the time of day! Or maybe even live in one of those inbred mining towns! Youre right HP, PA is sooo much better!

Posted by: HP's Mom | Jul 16, 2008 8:10:11 AM

For a city known for fans who are as over-expectant as they are self-entitled, no one should be surprised that an idiot eagle fan speaks out of his a$$. What makes me laugh is how you call a city and state po dunk yet you are still on our news site and our teams message board spewing your ignorance. I've been to Philly many times by the way, and most people who aren't sentenced to living there hate the dump. Charlotte is 50 times as classy and 100 times cleaner, which is why it is in the top 10 growing cities in the US. And where do you suppose all of those people are moving there from??? Piles of trash like Philly...

Posted by: No One | Jul 16, 2008 8:27:57 AM

As far as Philly is concerned, my personal favorite thing about the city is the wonderful view of the SEWAGE SLUDGE TREATMENT FACILITY clearly visible from I-95 as you head into the city from the airport. LOVELY.

Posted by: Scott | Jul 16, 2008 8:42:32 AM

14-3, bitch.

Posted by: Wes | Jul 16, 2008 9:16:14 AM

Tuesday deadline?? Did Gross sign an extension or are the Panthers going to be grossly overpaying the SOB this year?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 16, 2008 9:21:45 AM

And thanks for that response Mr. David Scott. In retrospect, I should've trusted your initial report over what some other outside organization had to say.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 16, 2008 9:23:47 AM

Syrpis.....no they didnt reach the deal and no they will not be overpaying him for this year

Posted by: matt | Jul 16, 2008 9:36:32 AM

SYRP, for what it's worth, the Observer tends to be pretty conservative about reporting stuff like that. Even if it's a "done deal," they tend to wait for the Panthers to announce the move. Not a criticsm, just an observation.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2008 10:32:34 AM

Hey guys, whats the difference between Philly Girls and Philly garbage?

The Garbage in Philly gets picked up!

Posted by: Mortified Penguin | Jul 16, 2008 10:55:28 AM

Honestly, who follows Nebraska football that much?

Posted by: matt | Jul 16, 2008 11:52:48 AM

I certainly don't...wasn't me. I'm not dumb enough to think that a player cut before training camp even happens will make the PS. I can go back and find for you where I did say that this year's undrafted FA crop was pretty weak if you'd like.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2008 11:58:31 AM

Why is there nothing on Gross?

Posted by: Steven | Jul 16, 2008 12:11:43 PM

Because...well, there is nothing on Gross. He didn't sign, as has been expected for some time. He'll play on the franchise tender and see what the FA market looks like next spring. If he's decent at LT, he'll earn a bunch of cash. If he flops again, it could be a foolish decision. He should earn more than Sean Locklear (another good RT) did this year either way, though: he was signed at 5-$35 mil.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2008 12:25:29 PM

What you said about the undrafted FA class is irrelevant because there is no way that you would have a deep enough understanding of so many college football players to even form an educated opinion.

Posted by: matt | Jul 16, 2008 12:42:29 PM

Matt, the fact that I had never even heard of the vast majority of them is PRECISELY why I knew they weren't very good. However, upon doing the research (2 minutes a guy), there were very few who were even particularly productive in college. Further, I am able to make a comparision between this year's class and classes we've signed in the past. We usually pick up at least one or two high-profile players. We didn't seem to do that this year, which tells me a few things: the front office is happy with their roster and, more importantly, they were happy with how they met their needs in the draft.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2008 1:46:15 PM

the fact that you have never heard of them means absolutely nothing. They could be good players who got little coverage, or they could be bad players who got little coverage. And 2 minutes of research is hardly enough time to form a strong opinion on any player, a defensive tackle at a no name school may post poor numbers because he was double teamed every play and teams would run away from him all game long. A wide receiver may be full of potential and have all the skills necessary to play in the NFL but maybe he had a shitty qb with no run game and terrible blocking so he never had the opportunity to showcase his skills. Sure stats are great, but they dont tell the complete story of a player or his abilities, and actually, I would say that his abilities and skill set can best be determined by actually watching the player play and not by googling his name or seeing what 'scouts' have to say.

Posted by: matt | Jul 16, 2008 2:17:57 PM

You're totally right, guys. Every one of the 5 cuts we've made thus far have been from our 9-man undrafted free agent class. That means that more than half of them did not even make it to training camp. But I'm sure the other four are studs and stone cold locks to not just make the roster, probably start. I have no idea what the hell I'm talking about.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2008 2:46:01 PM


Why do you feel the need to comment on everyones post?

Plus, there is something to report on him. The fact that he did not sign long-term means that a long term deal can not be completed until next year. Is that not news?

Posted by: Steven | Jul 16, 2008 3:14:59 PM

Is it, mjd? Last year, we had one UFA make the team in Quentin Teal (two if you count Matt Moore.) In '06, we had three that made the PS and got called up (Biddle, Basanez, Dion Byrum.) In '05, we had one make the PS and get called up (Jermaine Hardy.) In '04, we had three: Damane Duckett, Jordan Carstens, Jamal Broussard. So there's a track record of UFAs making the team. Now, out of the remaining guys from this year, there's approximately one guy who's even got a shot, Chris Conklin. And that's mostly about his long-snapping ability. Based on our history of putting UFAs on the roster, if there are none that make it, it wasn't a great class. They were happy with their roster and draft picks. What is inaccurate about those statements?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2008 3:37:19 PM

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