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March 27, 2013

Panthers sign former Giants LB Chase Blackburn

It didn't take long for the Panthers to use some of their extra spending money.

Former New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn agreed to a two-year deal with Carolina, his agent Richard Katz said Tuesday. 

Blackburn, an eight-year veteran, spent his entire career with the Giants and current Panthers general manager and former Giants executive Dave Gettleman.

He brings with him experience, versaility at the linebacking position and two Super Bowl rings, something that was lacking from last year's Panthers locker room.

Last season he played in 15 games and tallied three sacks and 61 tackles.

The Panthers have their starting linebacking corps set with Thomas Davis at weakside, Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly at middle and Jon Beason at strongside. Earlier this month Carolina cut James Anderson, the former starting SLB.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 27, 2013 at 06:50 PM | Permalink

Comments

Before the whiners get here let me add how great of a depth pick up this was. He was the giants former ILB starter last year and will replace Jason Philips quite easily I think. Now lb core should be set for next season with TD, beason, and uncle Luke as starters and senn, j.willians, Blackburn, and k.onatolu as backups. An excellent set there. Now we're not forced to pickup a lb with one of our 5th or 6th picks. Much needed guard or te depth and talent can be added. Or another ss like duke Williams or earl wolff in the 6th to compete with Mtichell and campbell for our starting SS spot.

Ahh...this is shaping up nicely. Based on team interviews and private workouts it looks like some wr/dt combo with our 1st and 2nd. Probably OT in the 4th (or double up on dt). A guard or te in the 5thand a safety in the 6th. Now we'd be looking good for next year. :)

Posted by: David | Mar 27, 2013 7:19:42 PM

Before the whiners get here let me add how great of a depth pick up this was. He was the giants former ILB starter last year and will replace Jason Philips quite easily I think. Now lb core should be set for next season with TD, beason, and uncle Luke as starters and senn, j.willians, Blackburn, and k.onatolu as backups. An excellent set there. Now we're not forced to pickup a lb with one of our 5th or 6th picks. Much needed guard or te depth and talent can be added. Or another ss like duke Williams or earl wolff in the 6th to compete with Mtichell and campbell for our starting SS spot.

Ahh...this is shaping up nicely. Based on team interviews and private workouts it looks like some wr/dt combo with our 1st and 2nd. Probably OT in the 4th (or double up on dt). A guard or te in the 5thand a safety in the 6th. Now we'd be looking good for next year. :)

Posted by: David | Mar 27, 2013 7:19:44 PM

Great Job Front Office! GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Mar 27, 2013 7:28:43 PM

I like this.. I am wondering what's happening with Winslow, and what round we will draft a CB

Posted by: theunitmonster | Mar 27, 2013 7:58:10 PM

Nice signing by Gettleman.

For the love of god can we bring in a safety or draft one high.

Posted by: Al | Mar 27, 2013 8:16:38 PM

A very good signing by the Panthers and General Manager Dave Gettleman. I like this guy already and it would be nice if something happened with the Kellen Winslow Jr. situation if he is cheap and is he is healthy and ready to play football. He would be a good number two behind Greg Olsen. We could also run more two tight end sets with Winslow as we did with Jeremy Shockey. A hat tip to Jordan Gross for resturcturing his contract so that the Panthers could clear more cap room. GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Mar 27, 2013 8:40:04 PM

Thank god for some nice little moves, glad to see Gross hook up the team a little and moves like Ginn, Captain, Blackburn, Florence, and Anderson, make the team deeper and with all the injury problems we have had we need Depth. Please no crying on here how we didn't pick up Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady, Arian Foster, Von Miller, Revis, Manning, etc. , save that for some blog out there about video games. These are football moves, and glad to see Gettleman take what Hurney gave him, which was ......expletive......and make some nice smart and cheap moves. Feeling good about our future, Keep Pounding!

Posted by: Mike | Mar 27, 2013 8:42:54 PM

I'm shocked he hasn't signed more ex-Giants!

Posted by: joe cool | Mar 27, 2013 9:27:28 PM

for the love of god, why didnt we go after tom brady or peyton manning, geesh this gm sucks.;)

Posted by: tim | Mar 27, 2013 9:59:16 PM

How are all you guys fawning over this signing? It's a non event. Right now we continue to be one of the worst off season losers. It seems like everyone forgot how horrible our DBs and DL were. We have gotten worse in both those situations... not better.
We only have one very good WR who is quite old by WR standards. A still porous OL. And yet all you guys are providing kudos to the panthers... (head shaking and neck cramping)
FYI, we have yet to pick up a starter!
I realize it is still quite early but for some of those stating the offseason is off to a good start has their head in the sand.
Atlanta and Tampa Bay have been adding significant additions while we continue to fall further behind.

Posted by: Tyler Kadison | Mar 27, 2013 9:59:51 PM

Tyler - Seriously? This was a great move to replace Anderson w/ a quality backup who could easily start in place of T. Davis or Beast (god forbid either should go down).. These are moves which will set them up to draft the BPA instead of reaching for a need. Considering the horrendous cap situation Hurney left us in, Gettleman is doing a credible job at the very least for us. Now we can grab the best player available @ DT / DB / WR / OT available and not wonder "what if?" FA is NOT over yet by any means, and 1 more contract restructuring will allow another quality signing or cap money to trade for another position of need. Gettleman has done excellent thus far, if you can't see that I don't know what to tell you.

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Mar 27, 2013 10:22:23 PM

We now, no injuries god willing, have undoubtedly the best LB core in the NFL.. I'm talking championship caliber. We are now only 1 solid draft of a DT and / or DB from having an excellent defense lined up for 2013. Defense wins close championships peeps , and we already have a solid-great offense.

Posted by: Shaun Mackiel | Mar 27, 2013 11:10:54 PM

Shaun i have to correct you sir, because while our lb core is very stout, it is not the best. That honor goes to the 49ers.. And Tyler, you really are one of these ignorant haters aren't you? There's nothing more really to say to you but wishes of the utmost luck in your incredibly pessimistic life. ;)

Posted by: David | Mar 28, 2013 12:01:10 AM

GREAT sign by Gettleman.On the money so far getting this guy to replace Beason ore Davis who are just check collectors and lazy to play often injured.Nice signing of Ginn Jr this team was lacking a playmaker on the offense besides Cam and Smith no one on the roster.GREAT JOB!

Posted by: PRIMETIME | Mar 28, 2013 12:02:32 AM

Ya David they were better last year and right now but missed my point.. this isn't about who is better now statistically but rather who I think will be when all is said and done in 2013.. just a prediction but I think the Panthers LBs as a unit play better than the 49ers by the end of the 2013 season.

Posted by: Shaun Mackiel | Mar 28, 2013 5:41:46 AM

Makes no sense. They should have just kept Anderson and released Beason, then they could have used this to pick up a DT, OL or WR.

Why hang on to damaged goods? Even IF he were to stay healthy, he's NOT the same Beason he was!! Why is this so hard for some to see?

Posted by: D.W.G. | Mar 28, 2013 6:39:37 AM

D.W.G.-For about the 1000th time, they can't just release Beason. The cap hit would be worse than keeping him. Why is that so hard for some to see?

I like this signing. The Giants got Dan Connor and Louis Murphy. Not a bad trade off. Nothing wrong with adding some CHAMPIONSHIP experience to the roster!

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Mar 28, 2013 7:31:07 AM

Once again, Dan Connor was chosen by the NY Giants to REPLACE Blackburn.
How is this a great signing?
As for being a pessimist... it's more like a realist.
We are currently still in the negative with FA signings. I am not saying that we are finished but if you are to grade the panthers at this point... it would be a "D".
We are currently worse off then we were at the end of last season and that is saying a lot.
As for the draft, how do you guys think we are going to magically draft "5 starters". The average is 2 starters. Think about that!
All the holes we currently have... and they are major holes... will not be filled by the draft.
As for me being a whiner, get over yourself. I came here posting that our offseason has not been impressive thus far and yet I see you guys fawning over this signing like we just made a Reggie White caliber signing.
Come on. The fact is the Falcons keep upgrading and we keep drowning... at best tread water. The gap between us and the Falcons continues to grow rapidly.
These are facts like it or not.

Posted by: Tyler Kadison | Mar 28, 2013 8:04:41 AM

To review, the quality starters we still need:

1 DL
2 CB (Captain is a Nickel and the Joshes...well they are good backups)
1 S
1 or 2 more OL (one able to start)
1 2nd WR

The first pick of the draft will take care of one of these needs (Milliner, Austin, Warmack, Richardson). There is only one WR in the draft that would be an exceptional fit and a productive contributor and that would be Taveon Austin. The others are Keary Colberts in waiting.
This is where we will likely need to spend the first pick if available.
The second round pick will be a good utility starter-DT is likely to still be strong.
We will be lucky if we hit a very good 2013 starter in rounds 3-7.Let's say we hit on a very good OL to solidify the line. Then we still need 2 CBs and a safety to have a slight improvement over last year.
We need a veteran CB and Drayton Florence is not it. You still have some very good DBs available and yet we do not seem to be in discussions with those.
Last years DBs were a nightmare to watch. As a GM, that would have been my first priority especially in our division. It's unacceptable that we have such poor DBs when we play against Brees and Ryan 4 times in a year.

Posted by: Tyler Kadison | Mar 28, 2013 8:22:19 AM

Tyler - are you an actual panthers fan or do you just enjoy degrading them? To say we are currently worse off than we were at the end of last season is ridiculous. No disrespect to James Anderson, but Beason will fill in nicely at strong side. If for whatever reason one of the starting linebackers goes down we now have an experienced starter in Blackburn to fill in as needed. Dwan Edwards/Munnerlyn resigning and added depth at safety, which any depth will be an upgrade to Nakamura, are all beneficial moves. I agree Atlanta has made some big name moves, but I would say with our current cap situation we have done much better than just “tread water.” Anyone that understands our cap situation would realize that we are not in any position to sign a big time free agent. Instead, Gettleman is focusing on filling holes as needed and adding depth, which he clearly has done thus far.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 28, 2013 8:39:21 AM

Tyler - you are correct that we are lacking somewhat in those positions. But almost every team has similar weaknesses. You need to keep in mind where we are (both from a financial and talent perspective). No one here is saying that this team is now stocked and loaded, but given our "financial" situation, Gettlemen is doing as good a job as you can expect from a GM.

It takes time to dig out of where we have been and I applaud Gettlemen for taking the right approach. We won't be greatly improved from last year, but I think we can get 8 to 10 wins (depending on quality of draft).

Expect them to get Cam solidified financially sometime this season, while his stock is still rising instead of waiting until end of contract. That's where I see the Gross savings going to.

Posted by: Sherman | Mar 28, 2013 8:43:43 AM

The gap between us and the Falcons is only about 15 yards cause Nakamura can't back up. Panthers should have won both games against them last year. Jackson and Umenyiora are no where near the players they once were so there isn't really much of a reason to be concerned. Panthers don't need 5 starters out of this draft. If they can get 2 (the average) they will be in excellent shape heading into this season. This was a team that was only 4-5 plays away from being in the playoffs last year. No reason to automatically discount them because they are signing depth rather than washed up veterans. That route has failed them before.

Posted by: Fraser | Mar 28, 2013 8:51:02 AM

Tyler - you fail to realize we don't have the money that the other teams in our division have. You can thank Hurney and Richardson for that. Gettleman has done an outstanding job with the little bit of money that he has to work with. It will take at least 2 years to clean up our cap situation so this won't be a quick fix. As long as we draft well, we will be just fine! BTW pick another team, bc its people like you that give us a bad rap as Panther fans.

Posted by: MRM | Mar 28, 2013 8:53:50 AM

OK Tyler and all you nay sayers... You seem to forget that Gettleman started about $16 million OVER the cap. I'm sure he would like to sign a fa like Revis or Reed, but with what? Veteran minimum. C'mon man!!!
Hurney left us a friggin cap mess and Gettleman gets bashed for not doing more. If you knew ANYTHING about football, you would understand that you need $$$$$$$$$$$ to sign players. Starting - $16mil sure makes it tuff!
Do a little research and engage your brain before you put your mouth (or keyboard in this case) in gear. Don't they say it's better to be quiet so people may think you dumb than to open your mouth and prove it???

Posted by: Genie | Mar 28, 2013 8:57:04 AM

An ex-Giant? Never thought of that.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Mar 28, 2013 8:59:55 AM

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