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March 13, 2013

Chud-built pipeline to Cleveland is open

When former Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski left to become the Browns' coach in January, most figured a Charlotte-to-Cleveland pipeline would carry a couple of Carolina offensive players to Ohio.

It looks like the player most thought would be going – Panthers backup QB Derek Anderson – is staying. But one of his Carolina teammates – No. 2 tight end Gary Barnidge – appears to be Cleveland-bound.

According to league sources, Anderson will not be returning to Cleveland, where he spent his first four NFL seasons. Anderson, a free agent, likely will remain in Charlotte as Cam Newton's backup, sources said.

Anderson infamously took a shot at Browns' fans on his way out following the 2009 season, calling them “ruthless” for cheering when he was injured and saying they didn't “deserve a winner.”

After a mercurial one-year stint in Arizona, Anderson has stayed under the radar in Charlotte while drawing praise for his attitude in the quarterback room.

Meanwhile, Barnidge is expected to join Chud in Cleveland, a league source said. Barnidge is a pass-catching tight end whose opportunities were limited in Charlotte because of Greg Olsen's productivity.

Barnidge, 27, caught six passes for 78 yards and his first career touchdown last year after missing the entire 2011 season with a broken ankle.

Barnidge's departure would leave the Panthers in the market for another tight end. They have agreed to a 1-year deal with free agent Ben Hartsock, but the nine-year veteran is a blocking tight end.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM | Permalink


And the hits keep coming. By the start of the season, we will be 1/2 the team we were last year, and that was a bad team to start with.

Posted by: ItLooksBAD | Mar 13, 2013 12:55:32 PM

So...we'll need to acquire 2 DT, 2 OL, a TE, and all the DBs we can get.

Posted by: Authority | Mar 13, 2013 12:57:15 PM

No, not Barnidge!!! We'll never win another game!!! How will we ever replace that production???

Wow folks, never seen so much chicken little nonsense over so little in my entire life.

Best of luck to Barnidge, btw.

Posted by: Swizzlesticks | Mar 13, 2013 1:08:40 PM

Bye, Bye Gary...and good luck. 6 receptions for 78 yards; oh, yes, it's all over, Panther fans! NOT!!! Hopefully Gary will double his receptions in Cleveland...BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

You dopes...the Cats have Hartsock and Olsen. The team will either draft a TE in the later rounds, as the 2013 NFL Draft is deep at the TE position, or they'll pick up someone closer to training camp.

This Panthers team has no money to sign anyone of significance, as they have to save the cap room for the Draft. That means NO Captain Munnerlyn, NO Dwan Edwards, and NO star Free Agent. USA Today was correct, in that the Panthers will be the quietest team during free agency. Please, don't even begin to talk about playoffs in 2013, as the Panthers are still in rebuilding mode.
If the 2013 Cats win 9 games, Rivera gets to keep his job. As for free agency, the Panthers are simply bystanders.

Posted by: Bill James takes it in the fanny | Mar 13, 2013 1:12:04 PM

Cleveland, please help yourselves to all the Panther free agents you want. We take all the Chargers discards; you can have ours.

Posted by: Doug | Mar 13, 2013 1:23:46 PM

Thanks again, Hurney! Just saw that before all the restructures/cuts, Panthers were at $139 mil total salary in 2014. Assuming the cap doesn't move much, we're in real trouble for the next 2 offseasons!!! How is Beason escaping a restructure/cut??? He's played how many games in the last 2 years???

Posted by: ZB | Mar 13, 2013 1:37:03 PM

So the Panthers still have Jon Benson and if this was Basketball Jimmy amnesty clause and a 29 year old rb in D-Williams. Good Luck!

Posted by: Demetrious | Mar 13, 2013 1:47:20 PM

it gets depressing year after year watching other teams wheel and deal while we sit on our hands. i cant remember our last big free agent signing. bad drafting and bad cap management equals no back to back winning seasons.now we are looking at another rebuild with a lameduck coaching staff.dammn.

Posted by: ray | Mar 13, 2013 2:09:48 PM

Our fanbase sure is stupid. This article is GOOD news. Now we don't have to find a new backup, we get to keep our solid one who's familiar with the system and has performed well when needed in the past. And though I like Barnidge, he never really caught on here even before we got Olsen. He's was a luxury, and not a very essential one. Hartsock played more in the last couple years, anyway, so he moves to #2. Now we draft a late-round developmental 3rd-stringer and we're all set at the position. Beyond that if we can pick up a few affordable role players for depth and have a good, solid draft we'll be right where we need to be. You people and your pessimism....you want a high profile deal? You want wheeling and dealing? I've got two words for you: Sean Gilbert. Let me know how many of the teams spending like crazy this offseason wind up in the Super Bowl next year...me, I'll take mid-range deals we can actually use like Louis Murphy or Dwan Edwards any day!

Posted by: Jones | Mar 13, 2013 2:28:37 PM

Take a chance on basketball player for TE. Seemed to work for SD and NO. Think some other teams are trying it too.

Posted by: Fan (Joe Fan to be exact) | Mar 13, 2013 2:53:33 PM

Take a chance on basketball player for TE. Seemed to work for SD and NO. Think some other teams are trying it too.

Posted by: Fan (Joe Fan to be exact) | Mar 13, 2013 2:53:37 PM

Jones, who is stupid? People who buy into what tripe that Jerry has been selling for almost 20 years? Yup you are right. They are dumb as rocks. Let me help you out. If we have done nothing of note in almost 10 years, then doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of stupid. You are welcome.

Posted by: ItLooksBAD | Mar 13, 2013 2:55:05 PM

Jones, who is stupid? People who buy into what tripe that Jerry has been selling for almost 20 years? Yup you are right. They are dumb as rocks. Let me help you out. If we have done nothing of note in almost 10 years, then doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of stupid. You are welcome.

Posted by: ItLooksBAD | Mar 13, 2013 2:55:09 PM

We'd better be seeing Jimmy Clausen released shortly. Paying him second-round money to be inactive every week is ridiculous.

Posted by: Authority | Mar 13, 2013 2:56:03 PM

And the debacle Hurney created with huge contracts to players continues to have its ill effects on the team!!! Seems like we wont be signing anyone of true value anytime soon, meanwhile decent starters are being cut.

Posted by: Big Daddy | Mar 13, 2013 3:02:11 PM

What is really puzzling is that some people see these moves as good for the team. It's like they have no clue about the NFL. Here are the facts, we overpaid bad players way too often and didn't make any attempt to improve at any position. Jerry is doing his best to put as bad a product on the field as he can for next season. We were bad last year, horrible the year before, and this move only backs us up more. Cam is at the end of his contract soon, there is no doubt he will walk....no run from this pathetic team. As for the move the team nonsense, that is laughable. As long as there are people eating up this unwatchable product, why move? He is making hundreds of millions of dollars off fools.

Posted by: Tim Cawthon | Mar 13, 2013 3:02:25 PM

Ok first of all quit complaining about the fact that we cant sign any big names..the only ones we really needed were maybe mike wallace and jake long..it does stink that we cant get anyone but thats the situation we are in. I'd much rather be us than the LIONS or the BROWNS.

Keeping Anderson is a great thing but it is very important to hit big in the draft and I hope that we can get darrius heyward bey for a slot receiver..that would be a nice touch

Posted by: mike | Mar 13, 2013 3:02:35 PM

We don't need another TE. We have a guy named Tolbert that is a pass catching RB/FB. He will take up that slack in play action sets with a blocking TE.

Posted by: Binton | Mar 13, 2013 3:08:55 PM

nice, keep derek...now cut jimmie or armanti

it is sad to watch teams like cleveland, san diego, and the panthers swap around players that probably wouldn't make the practice squad on a lot of teams. horrible coaches included.

cellar dwellers dwelling together. anyone noticing this pattern??

Posted by: big gulps | Mar 13, 2013 3:09:00 PM

I don't necessarily expect or want a high-dollar, big-name free agent, but we have to sign a DT, LT, CB, or Safety in free agency. We only have 5 picks this year so it's unlikely we'll be able to fill all of those needs without a couple key FA signings. Also, why hasn't Nakamura been cut yet? That guy is garbage and it will save us $1 million in cap space.

Posted by: ktown8 | Mar 13, 2013 3:13:28 PM

Odds of a winning record this year?

Keep in mind it's only happened 4 times in 18 years.

Posted by: NASTAR15 | Mar 13, 2013 3:25:45 PM

When will we release the pickle? So to speak that is...

Posted by: Jellybean | Mar 13, 2013 3:44:26 PM

this isn't basketball or baseball. salaries aren't fully guaranteed. some of them aren't partially guaranteed.

hurney knew they weren't going to keep 4 linebackers. nobody expected davis to return. we had a good team last year that was poorly coached. look at the rundown of games we lost. almost all of them were lost on a coaching blunder. only exceptions were the giants game where adams fumbled 2 kick returns away (impossible to win that way). and the broncos game where we just got waxed by.......a real coach.

hurney built a team to win and did a heck of a job at it. the only thing he and richardson did wrong here was getting rid of fox.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2013 3:47:44 PM

I don't get who you're mad at, BAD. Are we half the team we were last year because Barnidge is leaving, or because we're resigning Anderson? Cause that's what the article is about. Or maybe you thought James Anderson was the heart of the team? If you think any of those guys will make or break this team, then I feel sorry for you, you must stay angry all the time. I think we're nearly a great team that's just missing a few pieces, and the second half of the season backs that up. And even if we're not, we're not cutting every player but Cam and starting over just so we could sign Mike Wallace, so without lecturing me about the last 20 years if you can help yourself, what exactly would you like to see happen this offseason that would radically turn things around?

Posted by: Jones | Mar 13, 2013 3:56:51 PM

Coaches like Rosario!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Mar 13, 2013 4:28:20 PM

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