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February 26, 2009

Panthers tender King, Anderson, not Gibson

The Panthers showed a strong committment to restricted free agent tight end Jeff King by giving him a one-year tender offer ($1.545 million) that would require another team making an offer sheet to give up a second-round pick if Carolina chose not to match the offer. That should assure that King will be back next season.

Linebacker James Anderson received the lower tender of $1.01 million, meaning teams trying to obtain him via offer sheet would have to surrender a pick from the same round he was originally chosen (third).

The Panthers gave the higher tender to King because he originally was a fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft.

The Panthers did not make a tender offer to defensive tackle Gary Gibson (undrafted).

Still awaiting word on whether they tendered safety Nate Salley, who was an '06 fourth round pick.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 26, 2009 at 03:02 PM | Permalink


we need to hold on to gibson!!!!!!!!!! sign him the 1 year Hurney!!!!

Posted by: darealpanther | Feb 26, 2009 3:17:14 PM

Smart move with King. I think another team would've jumped at the chance to get him in return for just a 5th rounder. This way, if we lose him, we'll get a high quality pick in return.

Posted by: Newsinz | Feb 26, 2009 3:19:22 PM

Yeah with a 2nd round pick we could get a better TE than King. Not that we'd use that high a pick on a TE though, we have bigger needs and its not an important position in our offense. But nobody will give up a 2nd rounder for King anyway so it doesn't really matter.

Posted by: Joe | Feb 26, 2009 3:41:30 PM

The TE position-so hard to find one that has the total package=run blocker & passing threat. #47 is cut from the glorified OT version (but did have good #ers of catches in '07)Guess if you had to pick one skill over the other-a solid run blocker fits the Panthers philosophy best. Do wish the club could find more of a duel threat. A true passing threat at the TE spot opens up so much for an offense! But #47 is still a pretty young player...so at large another good move for the ball club!!!!

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Feb 26, 2009 3:49:22 PM

Didn't we we a good TE from Louisville?

Posted by: bryant80 | Feb 26, 2009 4:10:22 PM

Good news on King. Anderson is a head-scratcher though. Is he really worth $1 million?

Posted by: TP | Feb 26, 2009 4:12:32 PM

Gary Barnidge from louisville,mostly a special teams player last year because he couldnt block I believe,but coming out of college he was being called the next jay novachek.

Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Feb 26, 2009 4:22:03 PM

King is worth the money and he is an excellent run blocker. He has descent hands too. They should use him more in the passing game, that's if Delhomme can ever complete a pass. They need to sign King long term.

Posted by: JM | Feb 26, 2009 4:32:53 PM

as nebcatfan said, carolina uses a TE primarily for blocking. he can catch, but jake doesn't look his way. i like jake, but his tunnel vision on smith limits the plays from our TEs (king, rosario, and barnidge).

Posted by: towelboy | Feb 26, 2009 4:35:26 PM

it will be intersting to see just what the new QB coach can extend to #17 continuied development as a QB....perhaps the new coach will be better able to help 17 pop on somelight bulbs in his weak areas as a QB...patience, not forcing the issue, checking down or even throwing the ball away once and a while. if these things happen I for one believe 17 will have a SB ring within the next 3 yrs!

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Feb 26, 2009 5:41:51 PM

The whole point of tendering a player is to get a pick in return if another team wants him. You get the same round pick as the player was drafted. Gibson wasn't drafted, so there's no point.

Posted by: Authority | Feb 26, 2009 6:29:59 PM

what is the deal with rosario as the starter? can he block, pickup coverage or is he a liability..do you think he will take king spot as the starter next year?

Posted by: tim | Feb 26, 2009 9:19:36 PM

who out there thinks we need to have a TE that ha more of a role in the offense. i've seen a lot of tape and we could really benefit from a passing offense that has a TE threat. We have 2 great running backs and good wide receivers.What the He##!! happenend to our defense???? our only identity for a defense is Jon Beason.

Posted by: loial99 | Feb 27, 2009 3:56:18 AM

a TE and a CB and a DT and DE. thats our priorites now

Posted by: loial99 | Feb 27, 2009 3:57:52 AM

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