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July 08, 2010

Panthers deal with Edwards close

    The Panthers are about to reduce their remaining workload again, as they're set to sign third-round pick Armanti Edwards as soon as this afternoon, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

    That would give them eight of their 10 draft picks under contract, with only second-round QB Jimmy Clausen and third-round WR Brandon LaFell to go and three weeks before the first practice (July 29).

    Edwards will sign a four-year deal, with approximately $710,000 in signing bonus.

    The 89th overall pick in the draft, the Panthers gave next year's second-rounder to New England to obtain him in a draft-day trade.

    The converted QB from Appalachian State impressed during spring practices, but will be getting his first taste of live receiver work since his junior year of high school when the Panthers report to training camp.

    He admitted in June he was still getting used to the more physical nature of NFL pass defense, but the Panthers are confident he'll play a role this year. He's also working on punt returns, despite never having done so in college. A four-year starter at ASU, Edwards led the Moutaineers to two national titles and twice won the Walter Payton Award, the FCS equivalent to the Heisman.


— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on July 8, 2010 at 02:26 PM | Permalink

Comments

The man can move. All the rest will fall into place.

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Jul 8, 2010 3:02:43 PM

He hasn't played receiver....ever? I think he'll be nothing more than an experiment that cost us cap room.

Posted by: Geesh... | Jul 8, 2010 3:14:24 PM

The article doesn't say he's never played receiver. In fact, it says he hasn't played since his Junior year in HS.

Posted by: Geesh is a moron | Jul 8, 2010 3:17:35 PM

Didn't you read the post? He last played WR in high school... he is dynamic and has showed it so far in minicamp.

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Jul 8, 2010 3:17:37 PM

If you talk to the veterans on the team, they believe the upside to this kid is huge. While he lacks some experience at this position he is willing to take direction. His work ethic is virtually unmatched and his athleticism is something that cannot be taught. He will be a positive addition for this franchise ON and OFF the field of play.

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Jul 8, 2010 3:23:30 PM

plus...he was a quarterback. so it's not like he doesn't understand routes and they need to be ran. he just needs to adjust to physicality of NFL corners....but since he'll be playing alot of Z & Y receiver (slot and #2 WR for those that don't know) and Wildcat QB...and with Smitty still commanding double and triple teams, i don't think that will be as big of a factor as most people think, being as tho he'll be facing team's #2 & #3 corners and/or some unsuspecting OLB.

Posted by: Geesh is a moron is a moron | Jul 8, 2010 3:24:45 PM

Would love to see a OLB cover Armanti.

Posted by: bigCasu | Jul 8, 2010 3:36:44 PM

I posted a lot on Armanti after the draft, and will re-iterate to uniformed people like Geesh above, this guy in a word is good. If given a chance to play QB, he would probably start. But here is his resume again for all those who want to get excited in a slow NFL July newscycle. Tebow threw for 88 TD's and ran for 57. Edwards threw for 74 TD's and rand for 65 (yes i know it was 1-AA, however he proved against Michigan he can do it and top 1-AA programs are as good as half of the 1 schools) Only QB to win 4 SOCON chamionships (historically best 1-aa conference) First quarterback to pass for over 10,000 yards and rush for an additional 4,000 yards in a career. He is also the first and only back-to-back two-time Walter Payton Award winner, given to the Football Championship Subdivision's most outstanding offensive player, receiving the award in 2008 and 2009. (Named after Walter Payton, another 1-aa star, not saying he'll be another Payton, but no one thought Payton would be Payton, what I am saying is that if Wesley Welker can be a star in NE, Edwards can be in Charlotte if they use him well, he can be like a DeSean Jackson in Philly even, he also graduated in 3.5 years so he's smart, he's high character, and yeah, he runs in the 4.4's as well. Great pick up by the Panthers and not just a down the road hope, if given the ball creatively, he will be an impact player this year and be a difference maker in helping win a couple extra games.

Posted by: Isaiah | Jul 8, 2010 3:40:06 PM

Why in the world would you idiots draft two more quarterbacks if Jimmy Clausen is your guy, and other than clausen you guys had probraly the worst draft in history this year

Posted by: falconsfan1 | Jul 8, 2010 3:45:02 PM

Jimmy Clausen is right behind him (next day or two). Just a hunch.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 8, 2010 3:51:01 PM

Here's the biggest hurdle AE must overcome: Jeff "Head-Scratcher" Davidson.

Davidson couldn't get the ball to #89 regularly in game-changing moments. Now he is gonna find a way to use Edwards, LaFell, even Goodson in new and dangerous ways?

Let's see it.

Posted by: JAT | Jul 8, 2010 3:54:01 PM

Here's the biggest hurdle AE must overcome: Jeff "Head-Scratcher" Davidson.

Davidson couldn't get the ball to #89 regularly in game-changing moments. Now he is gonna find a way to use Edwards, LaFell, even Goodson in new and dangerous ways?

Let's see it.

Posted by: JAT | Jul 8, 2010 3:54:02 PM

Signed! http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b4Ral

Posted by: RDB | Jul 8, 2010 4:03:19 PM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a four-year, $2.5 million deal with versatile rookie third-round draft pick Armanti Edwards that includes a signing bonus in excess of $710,000, according to a league source. Edwards' deal also includes a fourth-year escalator clause that can significantly boost the maximum value

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Jul 8, 2010 4:03:55 PM

It's not hard to look good in shorts. Remember what a stud Goodson was going to be? Edwards will never amount to anything. Well, anything but a waste of a 2011 2nd-round draft pick.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 8, 2010 4:10:24 PM

I think that Armanti should have an hour long TV special on his signing.

Posted by: dingo49er | Jul 8, 2010 4:28:54 PM

"Edwards will never amount to anything." Condemning Goodson after his rookie season and Edwards before TC...While your at your crystal ball how about next weeks lotto numbers.

Posted by: Panthers78 | Jul 8, 2010 4:41:21 PM

You'll be eating those words by mid-season, if you can extract your cranium from your rectum long enough to watch a game.

Posted by: Michael Procton is Moron #2 | Jul 8, 2010 5:07:57 PM

AE would push Clausen, if he where used as a QB. Anyone who doen't think he can play at the NFL level, hasn't paid attention to
his stats, speed, physical play and leadership.

Posted by: 3 Pete | Jul 8, 2010 5:21:36 PM

Procton ought to know about wasted potential.

Posted by: sam | Jul 8, 2010 5:23:06 PM

Whoever is saying goodson was a bust did you see the kid fill in at FB for Hoover and Fiamatta (spelling) when they were hurt for that game. it was pretty much amazing. So whatever your saying is a bust is pretty much unfounded. No he didn't have an amazing rushing game but, did you notice our starting RBs?

Posted by: Eric | Jul 8, 2010 6:27:28 PM

The one thing you can't teach is athleticism. Luckily Edwards possesses that. Routes and everything else can be learned. So don't worry about the kid... we're lucky to have him. He'll be just fine as a slot receiver... and hard as hell to cover, once he learns the necessary routes. Why? Because much like Steve Smith, he's a pure athlete. And as I said, you can't teach that.

Posted by: Huskers86 | Jul 8, 2010 6:48:34 PM

Ummmm Eric, the guy that filled in for Hoover and Fiametta was a different running back, rookie Tyrell Sutton. Goodson was banged up most of last year so he didn't play much.

Posted by: Josh | Jul 8, 2010 6:52:43 PM

I cant wait for the season! Did anyone hear the interview on WFNZ the other week with a Panthers receiver? Well he was asked who impressed you the most at OTA's and the response was easily Armanti Edwards! to quote him "the kid is very athletic and will make plays for us" He will be just like a welker or desean jackson. HE is really going to open up the middle. Also imagine a reverse where he stops mid reverse and launches a 60 yard bomb to Smitty. He has a great arm and even more athletic ability. Just wait and see all you haters the kid will be special.

Posted by: Pantherhill82 | Jul 8, 2010 7:32:03 PM

I cant wait for the season! Did anyone hear the interview on WFNZ the other week with a Panthers receiver? Well he was asked who impressed you the most at OTA's and the response was easily Armanti Edwards! to quote him "the kid is very athletic and will make plays for us" He will be just like a welker or desean jackson. HE is really going to open up the middle. Also imagine a reverse where he stops mid reverse and launches a 60 yard bomb to Smitty. He has a great arm and even more athletic ability. Just wait and see all you haters the kid will be special.

Posted by: Pantherhill82 | Jul 8, 2010 7:32:03 PM

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