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February 27, 2009

Omiyale gone to Bears

Indeed, the Panthers are going to have to rebuild their offensive line depth. Word just in from the Chicago Sun-Times that backup left tackle Frank Omiyale has signed a four-year contract worth up to $14 million with the Chicago Bears. Center-guard Geoff Hangartner is visiting Buffalo today and likely will be gone soon. Earlier this week, the Panthers released guard-tackle Jeremy Bridges to save $2.375 million under the salary cap.

The hard reality in the NFL is that it's tough to keep your good players, which the  Panthers have done well with. But it can be even more difficult to keep your backups, especially when they have starting opportunities elsewhere. It sure looks like Omiyale and Hangartner are going to be starters next season, and they've earned it. Bridges might soon have that chance, too.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 27, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink

Comments

Now it looks like we have to waste draft picks to get some offensive line depth when we needed them all to strenthen the defense since Hurney let all our o-line reserves walk out the door.

Posted by: J Thomas | Feb 27, 2009 9:47:10 AM

He didn't let them walk out the door, there was simply no money to keep them. They all did a good job when called upon this year and other teams noticed that. Especially when you have a backfield as good as we do, teams are going to try to pick apart your offensive line........Dangit I wish we could keep hangeartner though

Posted by: Jed74 | Feb 27, 2009 10:03:33 AM

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