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March 19, 2013

Panthers add another CB in Spartanburg native D.J. Moore

Training camp will look really familiar to cornerback D.J. Moore this summer.

The Spartanburg native, entering his fifth year in the league, signed a one-year deal with the Panthers. He announced the news via his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.

Moore said he grew up as a Cowboys fan, but always pulled for the Panthers, too. He likes the makeup of the current roster.

"Everybody on that team is young and up-and-coming pretty much. So the sky is pretty much the limit," Moore told the Observer in a phone interview. "Last year a break here and there, and the team would have been 10-6 instead of (7-9). I feel like it's a good situation."

Moore, a former All-American at Vanderbilt, spent his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears. He tallied 10 interceptions and two touchdowns while with the Bears, including a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown against Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 4 of the 2011 season.

He said he was hoping to land a multi-year deal, but chalked it up to the soft market for corners. Moore said if he plays well, he could sign a long-term deal with the Panthers next year.

Moore is just the second free agent the Panthers have acquired this offseason as general manager Dave Gettleman continues to deal with the team's salary cap woes. Ten-year cornerback Drayton Florence, also a one-year deal, was the other signee after the Panthers released long-time cornerback Chris Gamble.

The move could also speak to the Panthers' plans with CB Captain Munnerlyn. The four-year cornerback was one of the team's top targets in re-signing this offseason, but according to league sources he turned down a three-year, $5 million offer from the team earlier and talks were still ongoing Monday night.

Moore plays both cornerback and nickel, the same role Munnerlyn has occupied since Sean McDermott took over as defensive coordinator in 2011. 

Moore said he and McDermott clicked during the player's visit to Charlotte on Tuesday.

--Jonathan Jones and Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 19, 2013 at 04:57 PM | Permalink

Comments

Great Job Coaching staff and management! GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Mar 19, 2013 10:05:10 PM

Go Panthers

Posted by: EFord | Mar 19, 2013 10:19:38 PM

Have you ever loved someone but yet you can't stand them? As a looong time panther fan that's where I'm at! Im getting fed up with watching this team give the word bafoonery a new definition. Now here we are with no money, watching all these other teams get fat and happy. Its sad it seems like our season is in the tank before Halloween, which in turn makes me root for losses over victories with the hope that it might bring about change in roster personnel. Yet here we are again, bringing in un heard of free agents. This is starting to remind me of the movie Ground Hogs Day! I hope we draft well this year, I read in The Bleacher Report that there is a chance we could land the Honey Badger. Knowing the Panthers front office they probably dont even know who he is. I hate to start rooting for losses again but instead of saying boo I think I'll say.. Clowney Clowney Clowney!!!!

Posted by: Wolfman72 | Mar 20, 2013 8:21:02 AM

Very good sign here. I like what is being done right now. Please land Ginn and Mitchell!

Posted by: Brian | Mar 20, 2013 9:45:02 AM

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