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February 27, 2009

Agent: Omiyale was 'in high demand'

0226omiyalemug It turns out Frank Omiyale was getting far too much attention from other teams to consider staying with the Carolina Panthers as a backup.

Omiyale’s agent, Mark Slough, said at least 10 teams contacted him with varying degrees of interest in Omiyale after the free agency signing period opened at midnight. Omiyale was quick to strike a four-year deal worth up to $14 million with the Chicago Bears, who plan to make him a starter.

Clearly, Omiyale made the most of his limited playing time for the Panthers last season. He excelled against Kansas City when he started in place of left tackle Jordan Gross, who had a concussion, and also played left tackle late in the season against New Orleans when injuries forced the Panthers to shuffle their line.

“I think he is a young, athletic tackle who can move around and play different positions in the line,” Slough said of Omiyale. “He’s a veteran guy with no wear and tear at all.

“When he had his opportunity after Gross had the concussion, he took full advantage of that. His performance in that game and the next-to-last game (against the Saints) … stood out to talent evaluators throughout the league.

“He was in high demand. Carolina wanted him back, but in this league, when you get an opportunity to play, you’d better take it.”

 -- Charles Chandler



Posted by Observer Sports on February 27, 2009 at 09:24 AM | Permalink

Comments

Too bad we didn't realize Omiyale was better than Gross. We could have had him and Haynesworth. Sounds like a better deal to me. Gross (aka mr false start) needs to play better to be worth that money

Posted by: nicky6 | Feb 27, 2009 9:41:39 AM

Yeah when you get a deal like that you could never be mad at the guy. Now I just hope Gross can stay healthy with this lost of depth! With all that money if he breaks a leg, he better just buy a new one and be back on the field the next week!

Posted by: Jed74 | Feb 27, 2009 9:57:40 AM

nicky6, you are crazy. Gross is an AllPro. And I'm sure folks would be bashing Hurney if he didn't sign him. I think we've done really well ths far.

Posted by: PantherHead | Feb 27, 2009 10:03:48 AM

One injury to the offensive line and you can kiss the 09 season goodbye. All of the o-line depth either was cut or allowed to walk out the front door Friday morning. Doesn't matter how good D-Will and Stewart are if there are no holes to run through. Procton's Cajun messiah, Joke Gohomme, plays like a JV third stringer under pressure. Our biggest strength last season, the o-line, is now possibly a weakness with one torn knee ligament. Sad that Gross took advantage of the Panthers situation to sign such a huge extension. Worse is the Cajun messiah Gohomme didn’t offer to restructure his 11 million cap number to try to keep some of our o-line reserves. Thought Gohomme was a “great leader.” Well leaders put those they lead ahead of themselves. Enough of Ken Lucas already. Refusing to restructure his contract so he couldn’t be traded. Give him a pink slip now. He couldn’t cover a WR if he was super glued to him.

Posted by: J Thomas | Feb 27, 2009 10:50:24 AM

Yikes, without our depth we're in biiiig trouble. We're nothing without depth on the O-Line!

Posted by: panthergrrl | Feb 27, 2009 11:06:30 AM

it is clear to me now that this team and regime have no idea how to treat talent when they have it. this is a sad move when we cant even resign one of our backups and another team just as good makes him the starter. peppers is the next to go and let me tell you he wont be the last!!!.

Posted by: Bobcatsfan1 | Feb 27, 2009 12:09:44 PM

We will revamp!

Posted by: Panther Fan D | Feb 27, 2009 12:21:13 PM

Relax Panther fans, you can draft his replacement in April. I like his upside as a potential starter, but I doubt he'll be pegged at RT. Angelo and the Bears will draft/sign another RT to compete with him for the starting spot.

Posted by: prophet | Feb 27, 2009 12:48:31 PM

he was wanting to have a chance to start so he took the job like everybody else would have bobcat fran 1 go back watching football

Posted by: jamie | Feb 27, 2009 1:17:49 PM

Ah, yes. All is lost in Pantherland. Granted, we're talking about a guy who has played on offense a grand total of three games in his career, one whose "great game" against Kansas City came while he was matched up with a mediocre D-lineman, Tamba Hali.

As for Delhomme, it's the TEAM who has chosen not to restructure his deal at this point. Further, Lucas exercised his option not to have to play for one of the worst professional franchises in sports. Tell me, JT, who do you propose we get to replace him (an above-average starting corner) for the whopping $2 million we'll save?

Prophet, I think it's pretty likely they WILL give Omiyale every chance to start this year. They chose him over John St. Clair, a much more established veteran incumbent at the position.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 27, 2009 1:55:51 PM

Well I hope Chicago's new signing is all that he is portrayed to be. It sounds like he well thought of amongst the fans on this board at least. I will have to admit that I hope Chi town can have as much success in the running game as Carolina had last year. I too believe that the RT job is Omiyale's job to lose since John Tait retired and St Clair was overlooked to sign Omiyale. I think Chicago is trying to get younger along the lines in hopes that they can sustain for more than a couple of years at a time. Good luck Panther Fans and I hope to see you in the playoffs...

Posted by: Brainless Bear | Feb 27, 2009 2:56:16 PM

Procton there are several options out there that are an improvement over Lucas. Bryant McFadden, Jabari Greer, Domonique Foxworth (before he was signed today), Phillip Buchanon, and Ron Bartell are all free agents. Any single one of these players would be an improvement over Lucas. Furthermore the CB position is deep in the draft according to Kiper and the rest of the Draft people. Lucas is not an above average corner. He was torched again and again all season long. He was beat deep even as he played ten to twelve yards off the line of scrimmage. Go back to your messiah Joke Gohomme's shrine in the Catawba College library and pray he throws you an interception.

Posted by: J Thomas | Feb 27, 2009 4:00:34 PM

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