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September 01, 2009

Panthers trade for DT Leonard

The Panthers have traded an undisclosed draft choice to the Cleveland Browns for defensive tackle Louis Leonard, according to the team's website.

Leonard will be brought in to help shore up a defensive line that was weakened by the loss for the season of Maake Kemoeatu, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in training camp.

Leonard (6-4, 325 pounds) started four games in the last two seasons for the Browns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by San Diego in 2007 out of Fresno State. -- David Scott 

Posted by Observer Sports on September 1, 2009 at 11:05 AM | Permalink


So much for corey williams.

Posted by: jdj | Sep 1, 2009 11:20:57 AM

So will Favorite be the starter till he catches up on our lingo? Please dont tell me Hayden will.

Posted by: Kevin Dellinger | Sep 1, 2009 11:22:20 AM

Not Corey Williams but i'm willing to give this guy a shot.....He has a big body to take up space which is what we need.Panthers fans act like Kemo set the world on fire! All he did was take up space....lol

Posted by: Panther Da'mon | Sep 1, 2009 11:24:08 AM


Posted by: Brian Fransco | Sep 1, 2009 11:25:55 AM

For how much money? How did they fit him under the cap?

Posted by: Jake | Sep 1, 2009 11:27:03 AM

@Panther Da'mon; Agree, all Kemo did was take up blockers. Look at the stat line, last year 36 TAK, 0.0 Sacks, 1 FFum, 2 passes defended. If this guy can preoccupy a center and guard long enough to let Beason do his thing he is going to be a welcome addition.

Posted by: Artrip | Sep 1, 2009 11:30:16 AM

@ Brian

I'm sure the Panthers didn't give up no more than a 6 or 7th pick which we all know those picks get cut left & right.This guy was a undrafted FA & made it to Cle & Played 16 games last year i will take that over a 6 or 7th pick would you ?

Posted by: Panther Da'mon | Sep 1, 2009 11:30:40 AM

wow, he sounds awful

Posted by: John | Sep 1, 2009 11:35:53 AM

As long as Leonard can make it through a run drill without blowing a tire, I'll be satisfied.

Posted by: Newsinz | Sep 1, 2009 11:37:32 AM

Compare that KEMO stat line to Louis Leonard:

2008 Cleveland 16 19 6 25 0.0

And keep in mind Louis only started 4 games. Where Kemo had 36 tackles and started!

He has 1 complete year of experience, hopefully he will turn out good in year #2.

For a 6th or 7th round pick I think it was well worth it. Not to many decent DT's can be had in the 6th or 7th rounds!

Posted by: STH | Sep 1, 2009 11:38:13 AM

Oh, why does the heading say:

"Panthers trade for DE Leonard"

Shouldn't it say:

"Panthers trade for DT Leonard"

Posted by: STH | Sep 1, 2009 11:39:11 AM

I wonder if he will play Thursday?

Posted by: Michael D | Sep 1, 2009 11:40:10 AM

Not who I wanted, but like others have said, we need to keep in perspective who we are replacing. Beside being 340lbs, Kemo only had 36 tackles and 0 sacks last year in 14 games started. At least Leonard had 25 tackles in 16 games (only 4 games started). Those numbers would probably have been better than Kemo's if he started more games. However, he is about 15lbs lighter than Kemo. It's hard to put a value on space!

Posted by: stickyd8 | Sep 1, 2009 11:41:57 AM

nice job by the editing staff to get the position wrong on the front page (again) DT not a DE , they were calling sherrod martin by the name troy martin a week ago on the front page as well.

Posted by: brendan | Sep 1, 2009 11:42:34 AM

Would have been nice to have Corey, but who knows - maybe Louis will surprise us. Guess we will find out against Pittsburgh.

Posted by: pantherfan4life | Sep 1, 2009 11:44:13 AM

Sheeesh! ,Hurney,Hurney,Hurney.Bill Polian jr loves trading picks.

Posted by: hellfish | Sep 1, 2009 11:44:38 AM

@ Sth

Because in Cle he played DE because they run 3-4 & this is going to be a position switch.This is also the reason C.Williams is on the block also because he is a 4-3 guy not 3-4.

Posted by: Panther Da'mon | Sep 1, 2009 11:45:51 AM

Cleveland runs a 3-4, so he was listed as a DE there. Here, he will be a DT. If you knew football, you would know this. So go read the lifestyle section or something!

Posted by: ucomplain2complain | Sep 1, 2009 11:47:36 AM

The optimist in me wants to say that all our D needs is another fat body to take up space on the D-line...but the realist in me is saying that we are porous in the 2ndary as well. Hope this fixes some of the run D issues we've been having, because if not, I can see every team going wild on our D this year.

Posted by: djfoams | Sep 1, 2009 11:47:49 AM

@ Brendan. I have been wondering if there is even an editor for the sports page. I see so many stupid little mistake like that. Way to go observer. AGAIN HE IS A DT!!!!!

Posted by: Chris | Sep 1, 2009 11:48:42 AM

attn fantasy football participants: DRAFT MICHAEL TURNER. he'll have 400 yards and 4 td's in just the two games he plays us. man i hope i'm wrong.

Posted by: ian | Sep 1, 2009 11:49:34 AM

It makes me think of Jeremy Bridges, when we got him from the Cards,he was a bit of a journeyman and most of us didn't expect a whole lot. He turned out to be a pretty good addition to the team. (If you don't count the trouble w/the police. LOL)

So I will breath a cautious sigh of relief and wait to see how he pans out.

Posted by: rawjem | Sep 1, 2009 11:54:34 AM

For anyone who knows a little about football any DT that can occupy 2 OL can help out any football team. 6'4 325 should be able to do that...at least I hope so. Panther Da'mon 2 great comments Kemo is not a Marcus Stroud he just took up space. DT is a position that you can get by with. Occupy and penetrate...if we can find 4 guys that can do that we'll be fine w/o Kemo.

Posted by: Marvin | Sep 1, 2009 11:55:37 AM

Young big body that fits snuggly under the cap at $460K. Williams would have cost more and he may still be available after final cuts. Last time they did a trade in tne final week of preseason we ended up with a starting safety. Hopefully lightening strikes twice.

Posted by: tom | Sep 1, 2009 11:56:08 AM

A big solid body that doesnt get pushed around is all they need at DT. @ chris, he played in a 3-4 in cleveland so thats why hes listed as a DE. In the Panthers 4-3 he will be a DT. We know according to Beason that all Kemo did was take up space so if this guy can do the same & bring a little athleticism, they should be fine.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Sep 1, 2009 11:57:06 AM

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