February 17, 2012
Panthers sign defensive end
Tucker, 28, who played at Wake Forest, spent four years with the Chargers before getting released before the 2011 season. He started 12 games in 2008, but has played in only 10 games, with one sack, in the three years since.
Like Panthers free agent defensive end Antwan Applewhite – another former Charger – the 6-3, 258-pound Tucker can play defensive end or linebacker. Because Tucker was not with a team last season, the Panthers were able to sign him before March 13, the first day teams can sign other clubs' free agents.
Posted by Observer Sports on February 17, 2012 at 03:12 PM | Permalink
I am really not excited about this acquisition. It troubles me that he only had 1 sack in three years. Hopefully they can develop him but I hope they got this guy reallllllllllll cheap.
Posted by: Merc | Feb 17, 2012 3:37:38 PM
Presumably, he will have to compete for a roster spot, probably as a backup. Rivera knows him and must think he's better than his past three years' record shows. So I'll go with the coach on this one.
Posted by: Big Steve | Feb 17, 2012 4:03:27 PM
they need to work on signing and keeping people that we had last year..since we finished half way decent keep some of those people
Posted by: tony | Feb 17, 2012 4:03:44 PM
Meh. Sounds like training camp fodder to me.
Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Feb 17, 2012 4:21:17 PM
Yup, training camp meat signed to minimum salary.
Posted by: Jimcat | Feb 17, 2012 4:27:49 PM
D-fence was not a total trainsmash. (On paper, with the injuries, it should have been a total disaster). A few good (and cheap) aquisitions (Applewhite a great example) and injecting the recovered stars (like Beason) and the defense should be much improved next year.
Dont think Rivera is not going to watch the tape of his D this off season and let that happen again this year.
Posted by: Sean | Feb 17, 2012 4:29:36 PM
Just look at that guy's body language in that picture. He looks like a quitter.
Posted by: GrammerPolice | Feb 17, 2012 4:34:02 PM
Experts would say that his body language shows that he is listening intently to what his coach is saying.
Posted by: Chuck | Feb 17, 2012 4:43:21 PM
this is why we are over the salary cap...we need to work on releasing dead weight and try to open up some room under the cap for real talent!!! come on guys...give us a chance...we arent but a couple of big name players from being a contender!!
Posted by: shannon | Feb 17, 2012 4:45:41 PM
What? The Panthers acquired one of San Diego's 5 worst players? Such an interesting brand-new strategy by coach Rivera!
What? They've done this twice already? Oh, never mind.
Posted by: J | Feb 17, 2012 4:46:03 PM
He is just being given a chance to compete. You guys act like the Panthers are planning to start him or something. He is no different from a late draft pick or the team signing a kid that wasn't drafted. Rivera thinks he has potential and I am glad he is giving the kid a shot. He still has to make the team just like everybody else...
Posted by: Dirt | Feb 17, 2012 5:17:04 PM
Hmmm, the Carolina Panthers currently sit over $9 Million OVER the Cap for 2012. The Panthers are required to be under the cap before free agency begins.
I guess this helps?
Posted by: Bill Polian | Feb 17, 2012 5:20:10 PM
Tucker played on a defense that was ranked #1 in the NFL. God almighty folks! Give him a chance.
Posted by: masterbaker | Feb 17, 2012 5:42:25 PM
It seems to me like they are setting up a move to the 3-4 as the predominant defensive look, wonder if that means they may try to trade down and grab Donatari(sp?)Poe from Memphis to be the stud 3-4 NT in the draft? Hardy, Applewhite, and this guy Tucker could all play OLB in a 3-4 and Charles Johnson has the bulk to play DE in that type of system.
Posted by: Rick | Feb 17, 2012 5:51:21 PM
forgot to mention also, that if they can somehow get a trade down Poe will still be there and they could grab more picks. I say offer Stewart and our 1st round for Cincy's 2 first round. I know people get emotional and want to keep both D. Will and J. Stew but think this through, we can't afford to keep both long term and RBs are easier to find. If we could pull this type of trade off, we could clear up some cap space and get two picks with which we could pick up a DT and CB in the first. Just think about it...
Posted by: Rick | Feb 17, 2012 5:58:40 PM
say players are ranked on a 1to10 scale 1 being the best and 10 well its a back ups back up....Most teams only have a hand full of top 5 or better players and the rest are 6 and 7`s. The problem the panthers have is that alot of this years on the field players were 8s,9s or 10s...Panthers need more mid grade players but most of us dont know their names so we assume they are sh#t before they play....Applewhite for example turned out great for the panthers but who knew of him before?
Posted by: joe dirt | Feb 17, 2012 6:17:39 PM
Some people need to relax...
If this were to happen April through January, his signing would not even make CO website.
They are just signing some player to compete, it means nothing more than that.
And, who knows... maybe he will develop into a good player for us! If not, he'll get cut.
Posted by: Kyla | Feb 17, 2012 6:27:09 PM
Hmmm... OK, Rick... you prefer to trade a 24 year old RB and keep the 28 year old? Nah, I'd expect some contract restructuring but it's really the COMBINATION of Williams and Stewart that opens things up. They had the same rushing avg last season (5.4), but Stewart was also a much bigger passing option than Williams.
Posted by: John | Feb 17, 2012 6:36:36 PM
I played ball with Jyles while he was at Wake. He is a terrific person and an incredible hard worker. Hope it works out for him and the Panthers.
Posted by: Tripp | Feb 17, 2012 6:47:44 PM
Stewart also has had more health problems, including right out of college, than D Will has had (yes, he has had his share too)and D Will is locked up long term. It's a waste to have both when viable options are out there as replacement and you can get something back which would mean more, as in defensive help. As i said with my original posts, think big picture.
Posted by: Rick | Feb 17, 2012 6:48:10 PM
Do the chargers have any other crappy players we can pick up? Or coaches? Ball boys? It's worked so well for them the last few years!
Posted by: Herman | Feb 17, 2012 7:10:38 PM
baker, mare and wharton are getting cut to reach cap number!
Posted by: joe cool | Feb 17, 2012 7:12:39 PM
No matter how bad the team or players are, you people need to realize that there is a reason that the coaches and front office are the coaches and front office and you are just sitting there at your computer, eating cheetos in your underwear thinking you always know more than they do.....
Posted by: Stoke85 | Feb 17, 2012 7:13:08 PM
Brought in to compete as a situational pass rusher in certain packages/special teams player, basically another Applewhite, not an every down DE, and I would assume he probably signed a one year deal at the vet minimum with little to nothing guaranteed, so what's the big deal? Other teams are making similar acquisitions right now too. Nothing to get worked up over.
Posted by: OBXsurfer4 | Feb 17, 2012 7:21:47 PM
We have to stop the run and apply pressure on the quarter back. I believe beefing up the D-Line would be great. I wasnt impressed with Sua and Terrell as DTs. Sua was at times pushed to the ground by linemen. We also need a shut down corner, Kirpatrick may be the answer but has to check the off field issues.Cutting Clausen and Armanti could free up cap space to get a wide receiver who can stretch the field along with Smitty.
Posted by: Bobby305 | Feb 17, 2012 9:06:46 PM
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