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October 01, 2009

#Panthers signing DT Thomas today, says source

Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, a 14-year veteran released this week by the St. Louis Rams, is signing with the Carolina Panthers today, according to a source.

Thomas, 35, will add much-needed depth to Carolina's injury-depleted defensive line.

The Panthers moved quickly to land him after the Rams released him Tuesday in what appeared to be a move toward youth.

Thomas was getting part-time play in St. Louis after being a long-time starter for the Eagles and Saints.

At 6-0, 340 pounds, he's known as a run stuffer, a weakness the Panthers have had since Maake Kemoeatu suffered a torn Achilles tendon on the opening practice of training camp on Aug. 3.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on October 1, 2009 at 07:59 AM | Permalink


Thank God, at least it is someone who has played NFL football before

Posted by: Rod | Oct 1, 2009 8:07:39 AM

thanks what took so long

Posted by: matt | Oct 1, 2009 8:21:21 AM

Awesome. Now how about hiring an offensive coordinator that will stick with our bread and butter in D-Williams and Stewart instead of making the turnover machine Delhomme throw the ball 35 times.

Posted by: PantherDave | Oct 1, 2009 8:51:42 AM

Maybe there still will be a pulse after the bye week... we can only hope they right the ship.

Posted by: Mike | Oct 1, 2009 9:01:35 AM

Mike, you're reaching bro. Signing doesn't matter; Kitty Cats will still be garbage. Panthers don't have the personnel to run the Cover-2 effectively. Meeks is overrated.

Posted by: Buc Fan | Oct 1, 2009 9:04:58 AM

Sweet. A reject from the Rams. Awesome.

Posted by: Chows | Oct 1, 2009 9:16:32 AM

Well, he's 340 pounds... that'll be the heaviest one we've had in here to date. Maybe it will work out for once this season.

Posted by: appstategrad | Oct 1, 2009 9:20:33 AM

Newsflash - DTs don't grow on trees.

Posted by: Ken in Chapel Hill | Oct 1, 2009 9:22:19 AM

All anti-panther comments demonstrate the total football ignorance of the Carolina fans. You should be grateful to have the team and coaches. I guess you all set your tivo's to replay the George Seifert games and are totally confused with team personnel.

Try this buy a copy of Madden and learn how to support your team.

Posted by: Mosca | Oct 1, 2009 9:23:16 AM

Though Im not completely against this move, Richardson needs to reign in Fox and Hurney. This is just another example of them mortgaging the future to try to win now. Thomas has been a solid player in this league and is an immediate upgrade, but he's 35 years old. Sunny Harris is a rookie with real potential for years to come.
Panthers better go on a run after the bye and put together a respectable season. If they dont win now, we could spend years talking about 2009 when we lost a top-5 draft pick to SF and crushed our future with bad contracts.

Posted by: matt | Oct 1, 2009 10:11:49 AM

Mike, you're reaching bro. Signing doesn't matter; Kitty Cats will still be garbage. Panthers don't have the personnel to run the Cover-2 effectively. Meeks is overrated.

Posted by: Buc Fan | Oct 1, 2009 9:04:58 AM

^^^^^ All this from a Buc's Fan. LOL!!! This just in.... The Buc's suck worse than the Panthers so keep your comments to yourself

Posted by: Greg | Oct 1, 2009 10:12:14 AM

Man, it sure would be nice to have Kris Jenkins here right about now. Too bad management decided to trade him away due to "character issues", when all he did was say how Peppers and the rest of the defense didn't play with any heart. Yeah, he was way off on that one...

Posted by: Bill Bigsby | Oct 1, 2009 10:35:28 AM

i watched the end of the jet game last week. jenkins took over the game at the end. the announcers said jenkins had his best year last year.way to go foxy.

Posted by: ray | Oct 1, 2009 11:47:38 AM

why didn't carolina sign him when he was available before. hard headed stubborn sob fox doesn't want old guys unless his job is on the line

Posted by: joe cool Fired | Oct 1, 2009 3:15:59 PM

im putting out a call for all the true panther fan if you love Your God and you want the panthers to win i want u to make a promise to God for our team for every Game the panthers win i want you to Promise GOd you will give $20 to a church/charity. It may be that God will hear our cry and see our tears and turn and heal our team, i cry to every true panthers fan join me in this promise to Almighty God $20 to a church or charity for every game the panthers win.

Posted by: christ prisoner | Oct 8, 2009 12:13:28 PM

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