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March 09, 2010

Brayton visiting Seattle, still uncertain whether Panthers will try to keep him

    Panthers unrestricted free agent defensive end Tyler Brayton is in Seattle today for meetings with the Seattle Seahawks, which are planned into the evening. He’s scheduled to fly back to Charlotte late tonight, and it isn’t known yet whether the Seahawks will try to commence contract negotiations before Brayton’s departure.

   The Panthers conducted contract talks with Brayton’s representatives before free agency started, but were unable to strike a deal. Brayton, who started 31 games the past two seasons, said late last season that he wanted to stay with the Panthers, but it isn’t known whether the team will continue to make an effort to bring him back.

   He played very well last year, but is 30 and that’s older than all but three players on the roster after a week of purging 30-and-over types in what sure seems to signal a youth movement.

   Brayton has been a nice fit for the Panthers as a defensive end on run downs who can move inside to the tackle position in passing situations. He’s also been disruptive as a pass rusher. A former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, he’s had the two best sack totals of his career with Carolina – five this season and 4½ in 2008.

      Brayton led all Panthers’ defensive linemen last season with 45 tackles and his five sacks ranked second.  He also had two forced fumbles.

   With Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers already gone to the Chicago Bears via free agency, getting Brayton back would seem a boost for a defensive line that currently has no starters returning.

   As of now, Everette Brown, a 2009 second-round pick, and third-year man Chares Johnson, are the Panthers’ top two defensive ends. They have a combined five career starts.


   -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 9, 2010 at 04:46 PM | Permalink


im not impressed with brayton.i say let him go. with teams doubling up on peppers he should have been more of a force.

Posted by: ray | Mar 9, 2010 4:56:57 PM

Tyler was great last year. He doesnt want alot of money and its always nice to have a guy who wants to be here.

Posted by: try | Mar 9, 2010 6:17:01 PM

Brayton probably brings more to the table than any other player in his price range. I wasn't aware the Panthers had even tried to negotiate with his agent until now.

Posted by: Authority | Mar 9, 2010 6:26:43 PM

since aaron kampman is signed with jacksonville. i say we should try to re-sign brayton. he was very good last season and we dont have much at DE now. what i dont get is why are we looking at old scrubs like leonard little and douglass? if we are turning to old players like them then we might as well sign jason taylor or javon kearse. they are both free agents if my memory is correct

Posted by: jenk | Mar 9, 2010 10:54:12 PM

Sign him!

Posted by: panfan1 | Mar 9, 2010 11:19:15 PM

theres nothing better out there anymore.resign him.

Posted by: raydaz | Mar 11, 2010 9:58:03 AM

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