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May 02, 2010

Fox closes minicamp with candor

JohnFox300p      For a guy who likes to say as little as possible, Panthers coach John Fox's (at right) thoughts on the SS Chris Harris trade were a little surprising to hear.

    Though it's fairly apparent Tuesday's move was as much salary dump (Harris had $7.7 million left on his contract over the next three years) as about getting young players on the field, Fox made no effort to hide his feelings when asked his opinion Sunday morning.

    "We've got a budget," he replied matter-of-factly. "And that had something to do with it."

    The Panthers got backup LB Jamar Williams in the deal, who could add some depth which was needed. But Fox's statement made clear it might not have been his preference.

— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on May 2, 2010 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

Comments

Wow It was nice to hear Fox speak like that. It also shows who is the reason for all the nonsignings. I hope Mr Richardson takes that into consideration when its time for Fox to get his extention. Cause even with all the cuts Fox and Hurney proved during the draft every move they make is for the team and not themselves.

Posted by: cboss | May 2, 2010 12:52:42 PM

I fear that when the big names come up for contract extensions (DeAngelo, Kalil, etc.), we will see them walk far more than in previous years. If this is really more a "we must keep costs in line with revenues no matter what" NFL business rather than a "we want to win no matter what the cost" NFL business, the Panthers may be doomed to mediocrity in perpetuity.

Posted by: Panther Dan | May 2, 2010 1:23:49 PM

Lock Out Here We Come

Posted by: jay | May 2, 2010 2:39:48 PM

i dont buy that at all. NEVER once did the panthers come to harris(whom wants to stay) and ask him to take a pay cut.

this is nothing more than a cover-up for likable WLB that plays saftey. godfrey/martin could each cover 1/2s of the field. harris is around 3/8(if that). He slowed each yr, injuries, and never was TO machine like 07.

Posted by: duhHHHH | May 2, 2010 2:42:03 PM

Um, we are in a severe and deepening recession, it makes sense to cut back on you expenditures. Besides if the players wer that important we would try to keep them. (ie we DID offer peppers a deal he just didn't want it). We would have alrady resigned kahlil and Williams if it were not for that dumb 30 percent rule.

Posted by: Gamble20 | May 2, 2010 2:42:22 PM

this just in, the owners are going to break the nfl players union. richardson may be in charge of the ass kicking the union gets.

Posted by: joe cool | May 2, 2010 3:06:49 PM

Are you kidding, 2:42? Godfrey's made about two plays in two seasons.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 2, 2010 4:27:35 PM

I am glad they are in cost cutting mode., specially with union flexing their muscle, but Panther need to put a good product on the field 8 and 8 season or better but anything less will be tough. They are charging full price for the ticket and giving us substandard product will be unfair.

Posted by: ike lakha | May 2, 2010 4:40:32 PM

It's clear Jerry is not planning on playing in 2011. They are not negotiating our good young players either so the draft them and keep them is bunk. If there is a 2012, it will be like starting all over again. Good old "J" is single handedly destroying this team. I am not spending a penny on Panther anything this year.

Posted by: Dave | May 2, 2010 4:58:45 PM

This is exactly what I said earlier this week. And some dumba** who claims to "know" JR disagreed with me that he would put money in front of winning.

Posted by: Jimcat | May 2, 2010 4:59:36 PM

oh boy,here comes the sky is falling crowd again.we got rid of an oft injured guy,and his 7.7 million who doesnt cover well and therefore doesnt fit into the tampa 2 defensive scheme.we couldnt even make a deal on draft day cause nobody wanted harris.actually we pulled a fast one on the bears.we got a broken down safety for a potential starter and special teamer.this williams is no chump.he had 19 tackles vs the colts last year.at the least he give us great depth and flexibility.we stole him.

Posted by: raydaz | May 2, 2010 5:32:43 PM

Hey Dave, Please don't spend a dime on Panthers anything I am sure that you will be making a huge economic statement. I would just love to discuss politics and conspiricy theories with you. IDIOT!

Posted by: scoot | May 2, 2010 7:21:08 PM

This year's team will have a better record than the 2009 team. Last season the Panthers had one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. This season their schedule is as soft as a team in this league could hope for. Out with the old & in with the new, like all pro sports. Cut costs this season so we can sign D. Williams and the other superstars to long term deals after this season.

Posted by: John | May 2, 2010 8:11:45 PM

play nice boys

Posted by: djb | May 2, 2010 8:17:50 PM

though i think CAR will still put a competitive product on the field, and that Fox is just lamenting because he is overly loyal to his older veterans, by no means do i think JR is trying to make this team a winner right now. He's just trying to not spend money, and not have a loser at the same time.

Posted by: VoR | May 2, 2010 8:20:20 PM

It's all about the bottom line with Jerry Richardson. He cuts the roster for cost cutting purposes and then raises ticket prices. Nice Jerry. Makes real easy to pull against this bunch

Posted by: Tino | May 2, 2010 8:21:00 PM

Well, as much as I have been critical of Fox and hurney's off-season moves or lack there of It's obvious these are motivated by Jerry Richardson putting money in his pocket. Which makes me dislike him even more. I won't over react though nor pretend like C.Harris was a "great" player but he was solid. and people lets be real here Charles Godfrey is or has not! been a Good! saftey since he's been here! people got all excited about his athletic ability but the fact of the matter is he has a peanut for a brain and can't read routes to save his life. People that know football are well aware that all those break downs in the secondary a year ago were Godfrey's inability to shade the flats and left ken lucas out on a island time after time after time...I do like the Martin kid though and I am excited to see him on the field. I do also believe this years team will be better than last years team but I am just really! really! concerned about the Run defense. Or defense as a unit. I still could see this team going 10 and 6 provided Tank Tyler and LL play solid at the DT position and E.Brown..(who didn't look good to me last year) some how plays the run even though he's undersized. This will be a interesting season to say the least.

Posted by: Cheven | May 2, 2010 8:34:59 PM

Will somebody please ask what is the difference between this year's budget and lat year's budget?

Posted by: Ben | May 2, 2010 9:27:14 PM

This info is a little disturbing. While Harris might have had declining stats, at least he still had good stats and Fox obviously is not the one who wanted to trade him. One would think Richardson had saved enough money already. A month ago i speculated that JR is leading the NFL owners in sending a message to the players' union about where the CBA is headed. Unfortunately this may be the sad truth. If so it's not the way to retain fans.

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