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March 15, 2010

Panthers sign Petitti to one-year deal

    The Panthers have signed free agent OT Rob Petitti to a one-year deal, according to his agent.

    Petitti was a late-season injury replacement, after playing in the UFL last year.

    A one-time 16-game starter for Dallas, he's at least a good complement to Geoff Schwartz and Garry Williams on the second line.

    He was a restricted free agent who they chose not to tender, but they made it clear to his agent from day one they wanted to bring him back.

    They're also expected to host former San Francisco defensive back/special teamer Marcus Hudson soon. They've already signed former Jets WR Wallace Wright.

— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on March 15, 2010 at 10:59 AM | Permalink



Posted by: Mikey | Mar 15, 2010 11:05:00 AM

Sarcasm at it's finest...

Posted by: Awesome | Mar 15, 2010 11:14:10 AM

Free agent frenzy? More like a whimper. Marty Hurney needs to go. In what other profession could you extend a guy who's coming off the worst post-season performance of all-time (and a mediocre season leading up to this debacle against the Cards - everyone seems to forget how poor Jake's entire body of work was leading up to that game) in order to create space to sign Pep back, end up without either a year later, and cost the entity $12.5 million in the process.

Julius left because the Cats low-balled him and no one should blame him for that. $18 million up-front vs. $40 million up-front is apples and oranges in a league with no guaranteed contracts. How about blaming the front office rather than a guy trying to earn what the market's willing to pay him.

Posted by: Trace Smith | Mar 15, 2010 11:15:27 AM

Doesn't anybody realize what they are doing?
This is intentional! They are tanking this year. They are going to pocket as much as they can, banking that 2011 there will be no season. And you poor saps will keep giving them your money.

Posted by: Milkman | Mar 15, 2010 11:24:53 AM

Reply to Trace Smith,,,,,,,,, You critisize them for extending Delhomme when they had to do that to make salary cap space. You say they didnt offer Peppers enough. 2 years ago Peppers had his worst year, 2.5 sacks and they offered to make him the highest paid D.E. in the nfl. you need a better arguement.

Posted by: Mr Bernz | Mar 15, 2010 11:27:33 AM

Reply to Trace Smith.....On top of what Mr Bernz said. The Panthers also offered him guaranteed money somewhere around the 35 million dollar range. I also think peppers really wanted to stay in the end, but the problem was the panthers were tired of his games and so was I. He ended up going to a worste team playing the exact same defense the Panthers are playing. You think he really wanted that? Noone else thought he was worth that much money.

Posted by: cboss | Mar 15, 2010 11:47:04 AM


I still can't understand why everyone saying the Panthers didn't offer Peppers the money to stay.

Get a grip people, they offer him the highest paid defensive player in history of a 7yr 85 million with 45 guarantee for 2 straight yrs. He decline it.

Peppers never wanted to stay in Car as he so clamed he wanted to. Get over it and move on.

Posted by: adamcarter16 | Mar 15, 2010 11:47:20 AM

Looking for defensive line to step up again and hold the team together. That was the only shining point of the whole Panther season. Who cares about 2011. We can watch re runs on youtube. or the UFL. The Panthers had major set backs on defensive line yet they held it down. Corvey Irvin DT is coming back stronger - he moves well inside out like a DE. Tank Tyler is poised to fill in the gaps. Kemo was easily replaced. Just sit back and see what happens its way too early to start cashing checks and making bets. Panthers also keep putting butts in the seats at new stadium.

Posted by: Daddy Home | Mar 15, 2010 11:51:29 AM

They're (Fox and Hurney) sabotaging the entire organization and are probably planning to bail next year. None of these transactions make sense. No proven veterans to replace our departures and not even trying during free agency. It's going to be a while before we even start to get good again as a whole.

Posted by: Cat'sA$$ | Mar 15, 2010 11:53:45 AM

I don't see why people think panthers are so much worse. All offensive starters return except moose and Vincent. Moore appears to be an upgrade, and is much cheaper and younger. And d-line was full of young guys waiting to bust out. Johnson and brown are solid, much younger, and much cheaper. They'll contend for the playoffs in 2010 if Moore continues to develop. Great job by hurney in my opinion. Also we draft well, particularly in the later rounds, so why sign free agents when we can get guys cheaper and younger to do the same thing?

Posted by: Nick adams | Mar 15, 2010 11:59:26 AM

Have any of you looked at the Home Schedule for this year? All snoozers at best. The Bears have Peppers and the Browns have Jake so that is kind of interesting. Other than that I saw the Bengals, Ravens, 49ers, and the Cardinals. Nothing to write home about. If this team isn't any better than last year, then there should be plenty of seats available come fall.

Posted by: Mike H | Mar 15, 2010 12:04:59 PM

Opposing team are upgrading to get bigger and faster on OLine. The Panthers have undersize DTs that can barley pass rush/stop the run well.

I would like for the Panthers to draft Terrence C from (BAMA). Who can fix our DLine well.

This is a passing league of using 3 or 4 WRs. The Panthers have Smith that can only seperate from his defenders.

All run 1st teams needs to recognized the league is no longer a run 1st, pass 2nd, and good defense no more. Its a pass 1st, run 2nd, and then play good defense.

The Steelers are turning to a pass happy team. Lets upgrade the WRs core of getting players who can actually play. Finally DEnds that is experience and can add depth.

Posted by: adamcarter16 | Mar 15, 2010 12:18:10 PM

PSL Selling time. They aren't committed this year and neither will I be.

Posted by: kevin | Mar 15, 2010 12:22:42 PM

reply to adamcarter16.....That was all sarcasm right? If not then you need to pay more attention to the games. Where are the past first teams you are talking about. This is still a game played by run the ball and stop the run. Also get turnovers dont give turnovers. Which is where the Panthers problem were. They turned the ball over way to much early in the season. Without those turnovers they have a 12-4 record last year.

Posted by: cboss | Mar 15, 2010 12:32:22 PM

Oh shut up with the Hurney hating already.

Match up his draft history with ANYBODY else. He's top notch.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 15, 2010 12:49:53 PM

hurney for president!!!

Posted by: tmack652 | Mar 15, 2010 12:57:08 PM

Interesting rumor that the Browns may make a move on Fox in 2011 after his contract expires here - their owner is a big fan of his and Delhomme is already there (we know Fox loves that guy). Team has no passing game so perfect way for Fox to segway into coaching there.

Anyway, being that we continue to be a non-factor on the FA front it seems they have given up already on the season, meaning Fox will likely not be renewed (assuming there is a season in 2011).

Posted by: manu4t | Mar 15, 2010 1:32:50 PM

Rumor was on ESPN by the way.

Posted by: manu4t | Mar 15, 2010 1:33:05 PM

We have the best O-line in the NFL and Double Trouble will explode on the match-ups we have scheduled for next season!

A new D-line full of guys wanting to make a name for themselves is a great change in my opinion.

So how much longer until we get past cutting guys who couldnt get it done and have refreshing articles on our new team that is going to dominate this season!

Posted by: Stonepanther | Mar 15, 2010 1:48:09 PM

I just don't believe that the Fox / Hurney due is setting the strategy for how this off season is being held? Clearly this is a save money strategy, set up for one year and assume there will be no 2011. Only one person in the front office has the inside information and direction setting capability to make these types of decisions.

Posted by: pepperstogo? | Mar 15, 2010 2:23:12 PM

charlotte must be full of donkey brained people. the comments on concerning the Panthers demonstrate charlotte is full of dumb people.

Posted by: Mosca | Mar 15, 2010 4:56:27 PM

amen mosca.i sometimes wonder if half these people watch the games.the panthers are poised to have a great year.they are addressing their lousy special teams and adding depth on the off line,at the same time getting rid of the old dead weight and mr 2.5 sacks in 2008 mr cap eating lazy 30 year old underaciever.

Posted by: raydaz | Mar 15, 2010 5:55:39 PM

It's pretty clear what the team is doing... Richardson is the one out there crying about how teams can't afford to compete because of the money being thrown at free agents. If he signs Peppers to a $80 million contact, he has no room to whine! He's trying to prove a point. If the NFL goes belly up, he'll look like a genius.. at the expense of us fans who are getting ripped off in the process.

Posted by: Clay | Mar 15, 2010 8:54:28 PM

@raydaz - you are 100% correct..Nice to read a comment from a real fan...

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Mar 15, 2010 8:55:21 PM

Everyone who can think for themselves and actually watched the games knows that Peppers, bless his heart, was a fair weather player. When he didn't think the team was competitive, he didn't try. I saw him numerous times get reach blocked and run by as he put in a marginal effort, or when he thought the play was going away. He rarely drew double team blocks. Unfortunately he set a reputation based on his potential and never lived up to it, but the TV bobble heads never noticed. They kept extolling his potential as if it were real. The only shame of it was that the panthers did not get a good trade or draft choice for him.

Last year the panthers would have won the whole thing except for Jake's poor play. The panthers have a devastating run offense. Maybe they don't get much every time on first down, but when they ran the ball 3 times in a row, 90% of the time they got firsts. Many of those firsts came on 10-15 yard runs too. Once they get in a groove, the other teams have to put 8 in the box to stop them. Then Moore can make completions as long as he doesn't force it.

Ball control and good defense always wins championships, but passing sells seats. The panthers don't need a franchise QB to be great, just someone who doesn't hurt them. We will see how Moore does, but if he throws less than 16 INT for the year, we will go 13-3. The final 5 games of the season Panthers were +16 on turnovers. That is very impressive.

In the play book, panthers need a few counters, good play action passing, and a good fake draw play.

Posted by: George | Mar 15, 2010 9:13:26 PM

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