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July 27, 2011

Richardson confident top targets will return

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said today he is optimistic the team will sign its primary free agent targets as the start of training camp approaches.

Richardson said general manager Marty Hurney is meeting with unrestricted free agent running back DeAngelo Williams today as well as linebacker Thomas Davis about a contract extension. Hurney is also beginning a conversation with linebacker Jon Beason about a contract extension.

"We've said from the beginning we're going to be aggressive but we're going to be aggressive at the right time. That's to sign our own players," Richardson said.

"I would bet Charles Johnson was in the top five free agents in the market. I assume DeAngelo was high. I suspect when this is over, we do have Charles Johnson. I hope we're going to have DeAngelo, we're going to have Thomas (Davis). We're going to be talking to Jon Beason today. We will have probably, very quickly, our core players and we're able to do it because we're willing to be competitive and pay what it takes.

"We have such a compressed length of time. We're moving as fast as we can but I'm optimistic because we want them here."

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

Comments

Where is the splash for the offense? I understand signing D-Will is a priority, but we obviously need for help in the passing game. We ranked 32nd in offense. Where is the WR and QB needed to improve this team! Buy no tickets until we know trhey will field a competitive team!!!!

Posted by: NAVYPANTHERFAN | Jul 27, 2011 12:56:37 PM

Dude they drafted Cam Newton. I'm sure they will worry about other players as soon as they worry about their own players.

Posted by: Tyler | Jul 27, 2011 12:59:41 PM

They might just expect a new offensive scheme and a healthy Jeff Otah will ensure success this year.

Posted by: Jared | Jul 27, 2011 1:02:55 PM

Now thats what im talking about. You JR!!!

Posted by: Lebron James Jr. | Jul 27, 2011 1:03:15 PM

@ NAVYPANTHERFAN...Suck my balls fool. Where the hell have you been? Under a rock??? O lets guess prob. overseas NAVYFAN! you have cam Newtom and soon will have 2 great backs. What offense are you talking about with your dumb ass

Posted by: Lebron James Jr. | Jul 27, 2011 1:06:56 PM

It doesn't seem to make good sense to give Davis a new contract with a big pay increase when he has had 2 major injuries in the last 2 years, especially when they don't have to in order to keep him this coming season. It makes better sense to let him play this season, then negotiate a new contract. Also, I'd think Anderson would be more of a priority.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Jul 27, 2011 1:08:57 PM

Let Thomas Davis play this year healthy before extending him. Knowing Hurney-a, he'll sign him to a huge fat extension and TD will blow out another knee.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 27, 2011 1:13:13 PM

I'd say offense is set if 89 stays. Newton at QB if he stays healthy, 34/28 in backfield, shockey at TE, 89/12 at WR. Lots of flexibility with Rosario at TE, 11 at WR, 33 as a backup. Need a veteran QB to teach.

On D, another quality DB is needed with 31 leaving. LBs will be set. D-line will remain a mystery b/c there is no stud DT.

Give the new coaching staff a chance to install new plays with better playcalling. Everyone is used to the John Fox philosophy. Look at San Diego's offense the past couple of years.

Posted by: Nosebleed fan | Jul 27, 2011 1:20:34 PM

Exactly Phil!! They have already payed a little too much for Charles Johnson, they don't need to spend a lot more on a player coming off of two major knee injuries.

They're going to be tapped out in no time and won't really be able to afford any other semi-quality FAs to help the team improve from their 2-14 season in last season. This will especially be true if they re-sign Williams and extend Beason which won't be cheap. Even with rookie salaries going down, Newton's contract won't exactly be cheap either.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Jul 27, 2011 1:23:11 PM

Panthers got dwill back now got to go get a wr to take pressure of steve Smith I'm thinking maybe braylon Edwards or plax we just need a big wr

Posted by: Antonio | Jul 27, 2011 1:41:31 PM

Panthers got dwill back now got to go get a wr to take pressure of steve Smith I'm thinking maybe braylon Edwards or plax we just need a big wr

Posted by: Antonio | Jul 27, 2011 1:41:31 PM

D Will signed a 5yr $43 million with 21 guarantee, wow. What happends to Stewart when his contracts runs out in 2 years? Trade him?

Posted by: lmao | Jul 27, 2011 1:44:06 PM

we have a solid (if healthy) offensive line. we have a #1 pick @ QB not to mention the 2nd rounder we spent last year on a QB, we have gettis, lafell, edwards, & hypothetically steve smith at receiver to go with jeremy shockey which is a HUGE playmaker (again, when healthy) at TE. we have way more holes on defense. we have question marks on offense but they've definitely spent the money and the draft picks more so on offense.

defense we have huge questions at CB, we have huge question marks at LB unless davis and conner are healthy and anderson back. we have defensive line questions although bringing in edwards is a huge step in solving that. not sure if that hints at us playing more 3-4 or if the guy is more than capable of playing the 4-3.


the big thing here is......we have a really young core. outside of steve smith, everybody has 5+ years left in them and he might too. a lot of the other teams will be super thin and super old. problem is our division will probably be the toughest in football over the next 3 or 4 years. i bet 2 times in the next 4 years nfc south sends 3 teams to the playoffs.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 27, 2011 1:53:14 PM

Wow!!!

So now between DeAngelo's and C. Johnson's contracts, almost half the money they had available under the cap is gone and used up. We will see how long and much they can stretch the rest of the available funds.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Jul 27, 2011 1:55:08 PM

Cam Newton: NOT an upgrade at QB. And come on, Jared...when is Otah EVER healthy? He's been missing months with ingrown toenails and tummyaches since he started college.

Charlottean: Shockey hasn't been healthy for years, and he didn't top 40 yards last year after the first month of the season. And yes, Edwards plays 4-3 NT just fine.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 27, 2011 2:11:00 PM

Cam Newton: NOT an upgrade at QB. And come on, Jared...when is Otah EVER healthy? He's been missing months with ingrown toenails and tummyaches since he started college.

Charlottean: Shockey hasn't been healthy for years, and he didn't top 40 yards last year after the first month of the season. And yes, Edwards plays 4-3 NT just fine.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 27, 2011 2:11:01 PM

How is Cam Newton not an upgrade at qb? Sylvester Stallone would be a upgrade at qb and he is about 70 yrs old. Did you actually look at the stats with Moore or Claussen? No you probably was too high smoking them trees? The guy is versatile and has a strong arm. The young core is up and coming, I always thought that the defense held their end. The offense could not score with a million man march behind them!!!

Posted by: tbird | Jul 27, 2011 2:54:47 PM

How is Cam Newton not an upgrade at qb? Sylvester Stallone would be a upgrade at qb and he is about 70 yrs old. Did you actually look at the stats with Moore or Claussen? No you probably was too high smoking them trees? The guy is versatile and has a strong arm. The young core is up and coming, I always thought that the defense held their end. The offense could not score with a million man march behind them!!!

Posted by: tbird | Jul 27, 2011 2:54:47 PM

How is Cam Newton not an upgrade at qb? Sylvester Stallone would be a upgrade at qb and he is about 70 yrs old. Did you actually look at the stats with Moore or Claussen? No you probably was too high smoking them trees? The guy is versatile and has a strong arm. The young core is up and coming, I always thought that the defense held their end. The offense could not score with a million man march behind them!!!

Posted by: tbird | Jul 27, 2011 2:54:47 PM

They might offer Davis a big incentive-based contract based on games/downs played. When he is on the field he's solid.

Posted by: usc88 | Jul 27, 2011 3:11:18 PM

listen navy dude. if you are in the navy, thanks for what you do for our country, that is way more important than football. but dude, come on man, "buy no tickets", seriously? we have the number one pick in the draft at the position that was our worst last year and you think we haven't upgraded? come on dude.

Posted by: Cat Man's friend | Jul 27, 2011 4:33:26 PM

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