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February 19, 2009

Q&A with Marty Hurney

Here's the transcript of a teleconference Panthers general manager Marty Hurney had with reporters this afternoon (edited for brevity and clarity):

Q. Can you talk about the importance of getting Jordan Gross signed?

Jordan's one of the leaders of our offensive line and team. He's a guy who's an excellent player and a perfect fit for our team as a player and individual. He's one of the top left tackles in the league and our offensive line was one of the strong parts of the team last year. Jordan was a very big part of it. Keeping a top player like Jordan at left tackle is important for us to keep moving forward in that area. All those things are important. We're glad we came to the agreement and to have Jordan here the next six years.

Q. What was the difference between this year's negotiations with him and last year's?

We were able to come to an agreement for a multi-year deal. We've always made it clear that we wanted Jordan here and we've always expressed we wanted to work something out. (Panthers salary cap specialist) Rob Rogers and (Gross's agent) Ethan Lock did a great job hammering it out. We finished with a win-win situation.

Q. Since you tagged Julius Peppers, has he asked yet to be traded?

Putting the franchise tag on him enables him to talk to other teams and get an offer sheet, under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. We would have to right to match that and get two first-round picks. We've had good communication with him. I don't think it took him by surprise.

We've said many times how much we value Julius. We'd like him to play here, as far as the franchise tag, those are the rules under the CBA. He has the right to talk to teams and solicit an offer sheet.

The franchise tag is the franchise tag. With it go those rules.

Q. Did he tell which four teams he'd like to be traded to?

That's all I'm going to say on this. That's where we are right now.

Q. If you have to offer him a $16.6 million tender, does that count immediately against the salary cap?

Yes and we have to be under the cap the first day of the league year.

Q. How much work will you have to do to get under?

We will be under the cap the first day of the league year.

Q. How concerned were you that all this would get done by today?

We didn't know we'd get the deal done today. Until a deal's done, you don't know if it'll be done or not. Rob did a good job of hammering it out. We'd have numerous discussions since the season ended.

Q. If Julius doesn't bring back an offer sheet, what happens?

We would have the option of signing a one-year tender or a multi-year deal.

Q. How does his desire of wanting to go somewhere else affect that?

I can't stress enough, we've had very clear and continuous communication with (Peppers' agent) Carl Carey. They've been very good communications. That's where they are. Carl and I have a good relationship, I believe.

Q. If you come up with a deal with Julius, how much will that hamper your cap for next season?

That's the franchise number. I don't think anything right now hampers us.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 19, 2009 at 03:46 PM | Permalink


So basically this Q and A tells us nothing...big surprise...

Posted by: ByePep | Feb 19, 2009 4:07:03 PM

Why is Marty Hurney such an A$$. He acts like he has ever won something. Marty you such and your draft record proves it

Posted by: Steven | Feb 19, 2009 4:10:51 PM


Posted by: Steven | Feb 19, 2009 4:11:15 PM

Yeah his draft record... let's see, um Jonathan Stewart, Jeff Otah, Jon Beason, Deangelo Williams, Julius Peppers. Yup, he's terrible at drafting talent.

Posted by: Huh? | Feb 19, 2009 4:20:31 PM

Steven, the Panthers have gotten an upper echelon starter from every 1st round draft pick since Hurney's been here, and most of those came in the lower half of the round. All of them are still here and are cornerstones of the franchise. I think his draft record is actually very good.

Posted by: Thomas | Feb 19, 2009 4:25:18 PM

hurney is the man!

Posted by: yer | Feb 19, 2009 4:26:52 PM

Hurney darft picks = Gross, will witherspoon, chris gamble, travelle wharton, thomas davis geoff hangartner, jovan haye, deangelo williams, richard marshall, jeff king, jon beason, charles jonhnson, dante rosario, jonathon stewart, jeff otah, charles godfrey, ryan kalil... that's some of hurneys picks! did he miss on some? of course but show me a team that hasn't.

Posted by: TONY | Feb 19, 2009 4:29:58 PM


Posted by: TONY | Feb 19, 2009 4:30:12 PM

Steven you obviously have no idea what you speak of. Hurney and Fox have a great draft record. There are going to be players in any teams draft history that just don't work out.

Posted by: HeelsRule | Feb 19, 2009 4:32:02 PM

What will we all do if John Clayton from ESPN is right and Peppers ends up staying in Carolina? Will we complain or be elated?

Haha just a thought...

Posted by: TrueFan | Feb 19, 2009 4:32:14 PM

Has Peppers ever made a public, verbal complete sentence while a member of the Panthers?

Posted by: Russ | Feb 19, 2009 4:38:00 PM

....when does pre-season start?

Carolina managed to stay under the radar all year, but we are in the thick of it now...if we had a losing season last year, would we have been in the news more I wonder?

Posted by: Bluzman | Feb 19, 2009 4:46:42 PM

Perhaps reaching his full potential means JP see's himself being able to help a team on other fronts not solely as a DE. He once lined up as a goal line WR. So throw him a bone and/or TD pass now and than, list him in the program as a DE/*WR (*=goal line specialist) and keep him in Carolina. have said it before, but i would think #89 and #87 wouldn't mind this....it would take some coverage attention off of them. A 6-7 285 goal line wr with some up's (throw it up there and let him go get the ball) in combination with 89 & 87 would be a nightmare for any defensive coordinator. If you have a rare and gifted athlete use him to the fullest...I am not certain the Panthers have been nearly as creative with JP's talents as they could have been.
Even use him as a TE...from time to time....Sorry but #47 while a good blocker just doesnt put the fear of God into a D-coordinators plans!!!!

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Feb 19, 2009 4:48:55 PM

JP is an idiot. He wants a larger market but I have to ask myself does he really want that or does someone in his "camp" want that. JP is a country boy with country values. Someone is tainting him to seek things that are not in his innate demeanor. The Panther organization has offered deals to make him the richest def player, he is one of two faces of the franchise, (the other being Smitty) but he is opting for a market that is not conducive to what he is looking for. I don't know if it's b/c of a significant other, dumb a$$ agent or what. But I seriously believe that if has damaged the relationship with Jerry Rich and the organization and he is going to find out that the "grass is not always greener on the other side." He will look back on this and wonder "What in the &*$^ was I thinking. The fans love him, his jersey is probably one of the best sellers and b/c he is a quiet monster, it fits with the organization. JP if you want Dallas go ahead and you will be part of a circus! You want a SB contender...you're with an organization that is on the cusp of great things. I believe JP needs a swift kick in the ass to see what is staring him in the face. I'm not the one to tangle with a 6'8 290lbs man but someone whom he respects needs to be in his life and help guide this young man to better decision making. He is making a huge mistake. But if he goes, I wish him the best but you can't undo things that can't be UNDONE! GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: Go Panthers | Feb 19, 2009 5:15:00 PM

Pep is laidback and a pothead, bad combo. Get him out of her, preferably Detroit

Posted by: jp | Feb 19, 2009 5:17:49 PM

Peppers is a free agent and this is America...he's been a Carolina boy all his life...he's got a hunnie in Dallas...no one can say that wouldn't do the same thing in his shoes...a 2nd round pick this year, a 1st rounder next year and a Cowboy cheerleader!

Posted by: Jon in DC | Feb 19, 2009 5:48:20 PM

Go Panthers: Seems like Old #77 left Carolina in much the same way....makes one wonder if JP chief mentor during those yrs was Jenks...would have been better served by staying under Ruck's wing!!!!

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Feb 19, 2009 6:09:04 PM

If Peppers has someone special in Dallas, I doubt it's a cheerleader.

Posted by: Adam | Feb 19, 2009 6:09:18 PM

keep him
if we can get a first round pick and a pretty good player then I would think about trading him

Posted by: jamie | Feb 19, 2009 8:29:56 PM

Who are you Jp?

Posted by: Real Fan | Feb 19, 2009 10:41:46 PM

We can all work this out. Go Panthers!!!

Posted by: Panther FanD | Feb 20, 2009 2:26:37 AM

The panthers Draft "Of late" has been better than the HORRIBLE! Drafts of the past. Listing all his "hits" is just as dumb and unfair as me listing all the misses...
Dwayne Jarrett (2nd round)
Ellison (3rd round) didn't even make team
Kerry Colbert ( 2nd round!!)
Donte Rosario
Stephone Leflors (3rd round)
James ANderson (3rd round)
Dan Connor (3rd round
Collin Branch (4th,5th)

When you look at the successful teams...Majority of their Rosters are filled with 2nd day picks..that's the Gravy! of your team..so when you consistantly miss on those guys you will lack talent..just as we lack talent on the defensive side of the ball for the last 3 years.
PS I can't really say T. Davis was a "great pick" The guy is a Above avg LB. no more no less..he's terrible in Coverage! and he was moved to LB because he couldn't Cover a SNAIL! at Safty! He was moved to WEak side because he was so horrible at covering TE's as the STrong side LB. So he's not a bust but I wouldn't list him as a complete "Success" just because he's athletic he's never made a pro bowl and I seriously Doubt he ever will.
I Give Hurney/Fox a "C" when it comes to the draft..
Just my opinion.

Posted by: Cheven | Feb 20, 2009 8:19:56 AM

being a carolina fan since they begun in the 95.i will miss j p. in my opinion he is the best player in franchise history. offence or defence.

Posted by: jedi 420 | Feb 20, 2009 10:45:27 AM

and he s still yet to reach his full potintial.

Posted by: jedi 420 | Feb 20, 2009 10:48:16 AM

How do you put Dan Connor in that list? He's been here one year, got hurt, and regardless is behind at least two studs (Beason, TD) and Diggs, assuming he doesn't get cut. Give Connor some time, he's got the tools to be a good LB. As for Peppers-ship him off, preferably to a place like Cleveland so we can get their 1 pick. Use it to draft a DE, pick up Jason Taylor for a year to mentor. Go Cats.

Posted by: ChunkyLover519 | Feb 20, 2009 4:20:04 PM

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