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March 09, 2009

Long-snapper Kyle hopes to stay

Unrestricted free agent Jason Kyle, the Panthers' long snapper since 2001, has received some interest from other teams around the league. Kyle received a physical from the Arizona Cardinals late last week, but hasn't gotten an offer. He's hopeful he'll stay with the Panthers, for whom he's played 128 games (seventh in team history).

"I talked to (coach John) Fox and (general manager) Marty (Hurney) and it sounds like they're open to having me back," said Kyle, who is realistic about the Panthers' salary cap restrictions. Hurney wasn't available for comment Monday afternoon.

"I guess they've got to find the money to do it, the way things are going over there," Kyle said with a laugh. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on March 9, 2009 at 04:33 PM | Permalink


"with a laugh"...I don't like the sounds of that, especially since we have little room to do much. Oh well, I still know that all will work out and the Panthers will be much improved after the Draft anyway, no matter what the naysayers have to offer.

Posted by: RK | Mar 9, 2009 5:34:50 PM

I have a feeling they are looking at Mackenzie Bernadeau to be the backup center and possibly long snapper. Who knows what they have in mind? Sure sucks that they have Peppers wasting all that cap room for nothing!

Posted by: Wayne D | Mar 9, 2009 6:37:06 PM

All that cap room that Peppers is tying up. Trade him and get NE's 3 2nd rounders. Kyle is a football player. Pep is a "freakish athlete". We need football players.

Posted by: Ben | Mar 9, 2009 8:31:42 PM

Maybe we should have let Pep go, kept well under the cap, and and kept some of our depth. Also, we need players who want to be here. As good as Pep can be, we need a team, not a player. A long snapper may not seem like much, until he screws up. I can't remember Kyle screwing up major to my knowledge. I hope we can either sign Pep ortrade him, so we can be competitive next year.

Posted by: bandito72ply | Mar 9, 2009 9:45:42 PM

Ben-there is no way in H-E-doublehockeysticks!!! that NE will give 3 number two's for #90. The fact of the matter is that if the club wants to move him they will have to part with 90 for much less than what one would expect---simply because of the cap space bind Carolina is dealing with...teams interested in bargining for 90 will try for and expect just that a bargin!!! one number 2 and at best a number 3. under those conditions I think the ball club would be better off keeping 90 and hope that the new defensive staff can utilize his talents in a more complete way...Like never-never-ever-ever dropping a great pass rusher into coverage...unless it is in the super bowl from the one yd line and they expect a slant route out of the offense ala pittsburgh -v- Arizona...over the past couple yrs. Carolina dropped 90 into coverage way way to often....keep 90 and use his talents by attacking the qb not
dropping in the other direction!!!!!!

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Mar 9, 2009 10:21:44 PM

Nebcatfan. You're an idiot. Peppers for 3 second rounders? I would be livid if they did that deal. Think about it. Do you know how many first rounders are busts? Let alone second? And you think we should get rid of one of the best athletes on the planet for potential? Get real.

Posted by: Drew Ross | Mar 9, 2009 11:33:42 PM

This article says it best and says it all:

Posted by: Panthernyut | Mar 10, 2009 12:32:00 AM

Drew Ross: This is not Madden. The trade is "one of the best athletes on the planet" under a one year very expensive contract. Thats all Carolina has to offer and noone is going to give up a 1st rounder for that.

If Peps agrees to sign longterm with the new club, that is a different thing. But Carolina cannot shop with that unless Peps agrees first.

Posted by: Thorrez | Mar 10, 2009 3:36:04 AM

Oh, great...find another backup O-lineman and use him as long snapper? Remember Dom Capers' disasterous 1998 experiment, doing just that and not re-signing LS Marc Rodenhouser, instead replacing him with a backup lineman to "save a roster spot"?

Remember all the botched snaps?

Not pretty. We have one of the best kicker/punter combos in the league, and we want to jeopardize that by cheaping out on the LS?

Posted by: rick b | Mar 10, 2009 8:18:30 AM

he's a long snapper!!! big deal.. well considering your all-time scorer is your PK (Kasey) i guess that would come in handy. Chumps just joined the "score over 21-24 points a game" leage. Since your more prone to kicking long FG (b/c Mr. Bo'Jangles didn't throw the ball to the other open WR on 3rd down for a 1st; insteads loft it down the field to #89 and now must kick a FG). I guess it's a BIG DEAL to keep this LS.

Posted by: TampaFan-n-PnthrLand | Mar 10, 2009 8:56:03 AM

Drew R-common on bro...read the comment before placing yours. yes...90 is all pro and a proven elite de...the situation Carolina finds itself in simply is not a sellers market...teams will try to bargin for 90 for much less than his true value...therefor i say it again...there is noway NE will offer up 3 second round pick for him...they will try to bragin for less...so this is why 90 will still be in Carolina in '09

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Mar 10, 2009 10:23:50 AM

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Posted by: Javeir Johnson | Mar 10, 2009 11:01:58 AM

this is a sad panther news day when you talk of the long snapper going somewhere else

Posted by: ams1 | Mar 10, 2009 12:27:35 PM

If New England would give up their three 2nd round picks for Peppers it would be "So long Pep" in a milisecond. Fact is Carolina would be lucky to get NE's #33 and #47 picks and I would jump at that deal.
Carolina needs to move a player that doesn't want to be here and moving him to an AFC team would be a bonus worth adjusting the trading price for. Additionally, the freeing up of cap space allows the Panthers to start filling out and solidifying the roster.
To those wanting more for Peppers, I say "Wake up and smell the coffee!"

Posted by: GooseCreek | Mar 10, 2009 1:16:58 PM

shawta ee

Posted by: sgh | Mar 10, 2009 1:53:58 PM

Maybe Kyle can long snap Joke Turnoverloome out of the top of the stadium, just like his passes.

Posted by: JAY | Mar 10, 2009 2:17:44 PM

Your all Nagging Pu$$y'$.Forget trying to run the team and what "YOU" would do with Peppers and sit back and let the people who do this for a living handle it........

Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Mar 10, 2009 3:21:47 PM

JAY......Joke tunoverloome.. thats just toooo funny... too funny...

Posted by: TampaFan-n-PnthrLand | Mar 10, 2009 3:33:53 PM

Ghostofsparta-DA...the folks who do this for a living are handling the situation...like any of us really think the Panthers GM-coaches-and owner are looking for advice thru fan comments like all of ours...we have no real choice but to sit back...they do know what they are doing at Panther headquarters and I trust them to make the best choices with all the info they have....they will and Carolina will continue to grow into one of the elite franchises in the NFL...but what's the fun in just sitting back...as a fan it is just more fun being a fan by putting forth opinions to other fans...after all opinions are like elbows and a!*!*!*! everyone has one...it's more fun to express them....thats all this is, fans having a good time supporting their team!!!! I appreciate you views...in the end you are right...but lighten up a bit now bro...there is no reason why we cannot wait on the Panther answers and have fun in the meantime!!!!

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Mar 10, 2009 4:42:43 PM

I just do not get it. Do you people know why other teams are not tearing to get to Pep? Because Pep is a freak of nature who plays like a freak of nature for only three years. He is not worth the money or the time to make him a football player. Sorry, but it is the truth. He plays when he wants to play and he has not played at his best each and every year. The team, including us, will pay for what we HOPE he will be and not for what he is. So stop saying 3 second round picks is stupid, because we would be replacing HOPE with HOPE.

Posted by: Bigg | Mar 10, 2009 5:50:36 PM

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Posted by: shaffer | Mar 10, 2009 6:00:26 PM

I agree with you Nebcatfan,and agree with your point of view,with fans speculation etc,but alot of the same things are being said over and over about Peppers and Jake.

It's becoming very, very old and Monotmus (s/p) with the same hate and displeasure towards these two players that it's downright pathetic.

I understand it is the slow time of year right before the draft and not having a first rounder hampers other speculations and rumors along with mock drafts for alot of the Panthers fans on this site to be creative with but it's getting out of hand and makes for bad entertainment/reading.Thats one reason Ive been happy to stay away from some of the garbage around here.

In closing I would like to say your right Huskercat ;) and I value your opinion,keep fighting the good fight.


Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Mar 10, 2009 6:40:12 PM

Fox and a number of scouts were at Georgia Tech yesterday. Gtech's LS, Bret White, is one of the best in the country. He was snapping it of off really well and his physical testing and measurables were better than expected. Good alternative at $300,000.00 as opposed to the $850,000 Kyle would demand, especially with all of the cap incentives that were reached in 08.

Posted by: Keith | Mar 10, 2009 8:47:09 PM

Oh wow. This is officially the most boring offseason ever when we are talking about long snappers and not having a 1st round pick. Wake me when training camp opens.

Posted by: ChunkyLover519 | Mar 10, 2009 9:17:41 PM

Can we not afford Jason Taylor on our D-line? Peppers wants to leave anyways.

Posted by: Rafael | Mar 11, 2009 12:56:18 PM

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