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March 11, 2012

Panthers place tenders on 2 backups

The Panthers placed tenders on a pair of their exclusive-rights free agents – tight end Richie Brockel and cornerback R.J. Stanford, the Observer confirmed Saturday. ESPN.com was the first to report the transactions.

Brockel, who also plays fullback and special teams, appeared in 11 games and caught a touchdown on a fumble-rooskie trick play in a win at Houston. Stanford had 10 tackles in 12 games, and intercepted Drew Brees in a Week 17 loss at New Orleans.

The Panthers have two restricted free agents. They signed linebacker Jason Phillips to a one-year extension, but are not expected to tender offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.

The Panthers also have 11 unrestricted free agents, most -- if not all -- of whom will get a chance to test the market.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on March 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM | Permalink


Hmmm...makes me think we're going to try to trade back in the 1st round and get an OG with the extra pick.

Posted by: Authority | Mar 11, 2012 12:54:04 PM

Panthers would not be in such a bind if GM Hurney would not have went through the UNreasonable spending splurge last summer. I understand the loyalty in keeping your players, but even when your own players are shocked/surprised by the huge offers last summer, you know you over spent. Can upper management do something halfway decent and draft smart AFTER the 1st round and wisely spend to stay UNDER the cap? I hope so. Go Panthers!

Posted by: PantherFan | Mar 11, 2012 1:17:09 PM

I really hope they sign Dallas Clark to replace Shockey.

Posted by: Al | Mar 11, 2012 2:50:27 PM

The Panther's didn't over spend last year, they kept key guys, Johnson, Beason, Deangleo, James Anderson, etc. I they had let those guys go, then you guys would be complaining that Jerry is cheap.
I will say that the contract they gave Davis was wishful thinking considering his injury history. Sometimes the Panthers are a little to emotional about players, you have to know when it's time to say goodbye.
That being said, I hope that Davis proves us all wrong.

Posted by: Kenny | Mar 11, 2012 7:50:23 PM

I say after we pick 9th trade our first round pick next year and our 2nd round this year and get back in the first round and pick up a top CB.

Posted by: mrflamboyant | Mar 12, 2012 12:49:20 AM

Stewart needs to be the #1.

Posted by: dust | Mar 12, 2012 1:15:03 AM

Trade up? Are you serious? We have too many holes to be trading up. Besides, there is good depth at DT, CB, WR, and Interior O-Line. We need to trade back. we only have 2 picks in the first three rounds. I would prefer we trade back and get 3 (or 4) picks in the first three rounds.

A couple of the mock drafts have either Claiborne or Blackmon falling to us at 9. I think that is rediculus. Claiborne will go 4 or 5 and Blackmon 6. If either is there, grab him. Otherwise, trade back.

Posted by: SupermanWears89 | Mar 12, 2012 10:09:13 AM

We have to trade back. If we move down to about 14 we still have a shot at David Decastro, Janoris Jenkins, and even Michael Brockers. We stay at 9 we are looking at those same guys but are we willing to take any of them in the top 10? Let's move back add another 2nd and possibly a 3rd.

Posted by: Ray | Mar 12, 2012 10:48:50 AM

i swear charlotte sports fans have become so fickle over the years. last year prior to the lockout end it was jerry is too cheap. now he overspends. incredible.

we have one of the best ownership/front office situations in the nfl (probably top 10) and yet guys complain about it all the time.

look at the bobcats. complain about THAT. not this. let hurney do his thing. we will be legit contenders as long as cam is playing at a high level.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 12, 2012 10:49:02 AM

It's true they did overspend. Especially on Deangelo and TD. Beason was a bit high IMO, along with Kalil. I mean they are good players, but why do we always go broke signing our own players when other teams don't? Things should get better with Cam, because that is a cornerstone to build around, at least on offense. Defense has no core yet, hopefully Beason can provide that.

Posted by: nicky6 | Mar 12, 2012 2:29:34 PM

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