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March 13, 2013

Panthers sign veteran corner

Dave Gettleman's first unrestricted free agent acquisition isn't likely to move the meter in Charlotte, but the signing of cornerback Drayton Florence at least gives Carolina a veteran at a thin position.

Florence, a 10-year veteran who was San Diego's second-round pick in 2003, signed a 1-year deal with the Panthers on Wednesday.

Florence, 32, has played in 142 career games with four teams, with 99 starts. His final season in San Diego was 2007, when Panthers coach Ron Rivera was the Chargers' inside linebackers coach.

The Panthers needed a veteran corner after releasing Chris Gamble, the nine-year veteran who has since retired. Starting nickel corner Captain Munnerlyn is a free agent for the first time.

The team's top three corners under contract are all 25 or younger – Josh Norman, Josh Thomas and James Dockery.

Florence played seven games, with three starts, with the Lions last season after the Broncos cut him. He has 18 career interceptions, including two he returned for touchdowns while with Buffalo.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 13, 2013 at 05:22 PM | Permalink

Comments

Sounds like a John Fox/Marty Hurney move except for the fact he played for the Chargers which makes it sound more like a Ron Rivera/Marty Hurney move.....YAWN.

Posted by: Andy | Mar 13, 2013 5:33:59 PM

Oh this is big time...looks like a superbowl year. Hence the sarcasm.

Posted by: Taurus | Mar 13, 2013 5:38:56 PM

Why even report this...I call it a "who gives a damn move"

Posted by: freeze8575 | Mar 13, 2013 5:39:04 PM

Seriously I gotta admit I was wrong. I'm dissappointed in the lack of activity by Gettleman. There are loads of star DB's and WR's out there and ... nothing. A guy Rivera knew WAS good but is like all our other acquisitions, sloppy sixths. I was extrememly hopful that Gettleman's background as director of pro scouting would yield an actual splash in free agency... I mean, Isn't THIS supposed to be his time to shine??? He wasn't director of college scouting so the draft should be status quo but I expected a couple really solid veterans to be signed. Doesn't anyone else see a need at WR?? Smitty's got maybe a year left before he's too slow, ineffective or retired and we don't even have a legit number TWO that can produce consistently. How'r we gonna run the ball with no WR's that can stretch the D's, how'r we gonna be prolific passing with no one to take pressure off Smitty? GEEEZ we've had this problem for YEARS! Yes we need better D... but RUN STOPPERS... big talented, non injury prone bodies (young)who we can get from the draft! Come on, think outside the box Richardson!! If what you've done consistently for years has gotten us into a quagmire then CHANGE strategies!

Posted by: handyman | Mar 13, 2013 5:50:16 PM

you guys are clowns. show me the championships built in free agency.

our entire offensive starting lineup is SET already. not a lot of teams can say that, confidently in march. and have a great group. we have 7 defensive starters in place already, 8 if they keep d edwards. our only holes are DT and FS and I guarantee they address them early in the draft.

this is the kind of move that is effective and uneducated fans cry about. they want you to spend 65 million on revis or mike wallace. awesome.


we already have a solid young team that's why we aren't making many moves. we don't have to. we lost last year because of coaching, not players.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2013 6:00:18 PM

and what are you going to pay those DB's with? Carolina has about $3mil right now to work with, james anderson $3 mil doesnt come off until June 1st.

Posted by: chknwing | Mar 13, 2013 6:00:41 PM

The release of James Anderson was a BIG MISTAKE!!! He was very underrated and he will be the steal of the free agency to anyone who signs him, probably Atlanta. I'm pissed, I watched this dude improve every year. He has always been consistent, versatile, tough, textbook, and never got caught out of position. He rarely gets hurt. We made a mistake here. Signing Drayton Florence, there's a whole lot of mediocrity in that guy.

Posted by: JamesT | Mar 13, 2013 6:08:13 PM

You're all total clowns. What money do you see the Panthers using to sign these big name FAs you want them to go after? Gettleman has about $6 million in space to work with, at most, due to the mess Marty Hurney left behind. I know it's tough to ask for patience from the ignorant masses, but that's going to be what's required of you due to the cap situation. Oh, and don't get me started on James Anderson. He's a bum. He shouldn't have even been re-signed in the first place, another gargantuan Hurney misstep.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 13, 2013 6:56:50 PM

The Panthers should take a real look at Bernard Pollard. I've seen him play since college. He's a playmaker in the secondary.

Posted by: Al | Mar 13, 2013 7:26:22 PM

I'm not asking for the super big names...but to say that was the best we could do...me of you shouldve showed up at training camp...like really that's not even news to me...I'm not saying we have to be in the luxury car lot but dang I would atleast like a clean car. ..

Posted by: freeze8575 | Mar 13, 2013 8:12:33 PM

This is EXACTLY what we needed. Someone to come in and compete for a starting spot at a thin position, and push the young guys around him while sharing his knowledge all at the same time. People may think this is a "boring" move, but I love it! It's the Derek Anderson signing for the cornerback position. I gurantee Rivera/Gettlemen told this guy he's expected to come in and compete, but above all TEACH. Solid veteran help at a cheap price, just what Gettlemen said he would do. Unfortunately, it's all Gettlemen can do.

Posted by: Josh | Mar 13, 2013 8:15:58 PM

i repeat.......we went to the superbowl with reggie howard and terry cousins. we have josh norman and josh thomas both of whom started games last year and didn't get torched repeatedly (that chicago fiasco was a scheme issue more than player).

If we get munnerlyn back, we're set. if we don't, we still probably need another guy but we're not in horrible shape.

what we need in DT and FS can be had in the draft. Look around the league and show me all the teams that have 18 of their 22 starting spots filled already AND look like playoff teams if healthy. show me that list.

hurney did a heck of a job. gettleman only has to not eff up what was already done, tweak a bit, he had to choose between the 4 linebackers (complete crapshoot), and draft well in april. the "cap issues" make complete sense. we already have our team assembled. we have like 60 guys under contract right now. the teams that are way under the cap have like 35.

We lost 9 games last year. 7 came down to 1 play and ALL included a major coaching blunder. if rivera manages to just NOT eff up, we're easily in the playoffs this year (assuming reasonable health).

We don't need FA's we need studs in this draft to compliment the other draft studs we already have and already resigned. and we need to run the ball a ton this year.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2013 8:20:15 PM

i repeat.......we went to the superbowl with reggie howard and terry cousins. we have josh norman and josh thomas both of whom started games last year and didn't get torched repeatedly (that chicago fiasco was a scheme issue more than player).

If we get munnerlyn back, we're set. if we don't, we still probably need another guy but we're not in horrible shape.

what we need in DT and FS can be had in the draft. Look around the league and show me all the teams that have 18 of their 22 starting spots filled already AND look like playoff teams if healthy. show me that list.

hurney did a heck of a job. gettleman only has to not eff up what was already done, tweak a bit, he had to choose between the 4 linebackers (complete crapshoot), and draft well in april. the "cap issues" make complete sense. we already have our team assembled. we have like 60 guys under contract right now. the teams that are way under the cap have like 35.

We lost 9 games last year. 7 came down to 1 play and ALL included a major coaching blunder. if rivera manages to just NOT eff up, we're easily in the playoffs this year (assuming reasonable health).

We don't need FA's we need studs in this draft to compliment the other draft studs we already have and already resigned. and we need to run the ball a ton this year.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2013 8:20:18 PM

@handyman. You make me shake my head and laugh. There really are some idiotic and ignorant fans out there. Bashing Gettleman already. As much as I would love to see this team make a splash in free agency and sign someone with big name recognition, it's just not gonna happen. At least not for a few years. Hurney has handcuffed the hell out of this team from doing anything. We have NO room to spend! The man handed out huge contracts left and right like Lloyd Christmas, "there ya go...there Ya go...there Ya go...there Ya go!." We're lucky we have a guy like Gettleman now. Somebody that HAS experience and knows how to build a championship team. So as much as I would love to see us sign somebody bigger than Drayton Florence, we just can't.

Posted by: kevin | Mar 13, 2013 8:55:04 PM

Florence is a good sign for us. No cap room. I would love Pollard and others too but we need to get Munnerlyn and Dwan Edwards signed asap. Grab a DT, S, WR, G and\or OLB in the draft and go from there.

Posted by: Brian | Mar 13, 2013 10:35:28 PM

During the non salary cap year, the Panthers got themselves out of salary cap Hell and Hurney got put them right back in it. Like Capers, Hurney is a fool with money, overpaying Johnson, and guaranteeing too much to Dwill. Everytime someone restructures his contract, it helps this year's salary cap, but it adds to ensuing years. As someone stated, it'll take years to get out of this mess Hurney created.
Don't forget that the draft choices have to be signed. The numbers are locked in, but it should approach $3 million.

Posted by: Ben | Mar 13, 2013 11:38:11 PM

What most people here don't realize is that Gettleman CAN'T be active in FA right now. We have very little money to spend on Free Agent aquisitions as well as signing Draft Picks. So to be able to sign ANYBODY, we have to find veterans willing to sign for cheap (aka this story) or wait until much later when the price drops on free agents. As for Anderson, that will hurt now but helps us in the future. Gettleman has to make some tough decisions to fix the mess Hurney left with the cap. Don't be surprised if Williams is traded for draft picks and Clausen is either traded (if possible) or released depending on what his figure is.

Posted by: Chris | Mar 13, 2013 11:49:13 PM

What about Kellen Davis or Matt Spaeth as TE from the Bears?

Posted by: David Thompson | Mar 14, 2013 12:18:32 AM

It looks like marty is still runin the team maybe he is hideing in a back office somewhere i would much rather see them keep captain.Than this old washup db you know he is if the detriot lions didnt want him and that postion is one that they need real bad all jokes aside it will take gettleman at two to three years to get out of the mess marty left behind just like last year signing tolbert to all that money instead of signing a wr so i guess it will be 2015 to see what gettlman is capable of cause we are already nearly 20 million over 2014 salary cap so like i said 2015 to see if gettlemann was a good hire

Posted by: patrick | Mar 14, 2013 12:43:16 AM

I think this is what needed to be done,very smart moves,with very little lossed,if it doest pan out.I hope that some of the players that make more money than YOU know what to do with can take pay cuts to help win a Supperbowl or two,or three.
you say you are a team player,MAN UP,the ball is in your court.Some of you sit the bench,and still collect your PAY,while our
SOLDIERS go fight wars and DIE for this GREAT USA,For not much money,every day.
MAN UP,come on man.

Posted by: bill | Mar 14, 2013 12:50:16 AM

So the panthers sign this scrub to replace the fact that their going to let captain munnerlyn walk?

Posted by: andrew | Mar 14, 2013 4:20:57 AM

Has anyone making negative comments about Gettleman ever watched more than half a football game or even have a clue as to how a team operates? There is a little thing called a SALARY CAP which limits the amount of money the team can spend on players. We are barely under that number right now, and only after releasing Chris Gamble. We cannot sign anyone right now until even more cuts are made or other contracts are restructured (or both). Hurney did this to the team, not Gettleman. Gettleman has to come in and clean up Hurney's crap, do if you see him doing anything at all in Free Agency, pat him on the back for figuring out a way, considering all he's up against.

Posted by: pf007 | Mar 14, 2013 7:06:46 AM

Niners win it all next year. They nearly won it last year and have really only lost their backup QB. They've picked up a high caliber WR for a freakin' 6th round pick! And they have a mostly smart coach running the show. Be prepared -- the 49ers will be the next Patriots.

Posted by: Brandon | Mar 14, 2013 7:54:36 AM

Everybody has to know by now that Marty H. put this team in such a bad salary cap position that the all of the league's of GMs put together couldn't fix/do anything with this current cap problem. I wrote this last year that it's going to take two or three years before this ship gets turned around. Sorry, but if we could talk off line to D.G. he'd tell us this very same thing. This is way Marty H. should have been fired when Fox was. The way J.R. M.H. and Fox ran this team the year before the lock out sealed this team's fate for a couple of more years to come. David G. has to have some time to fix this mess.

Posted by: vinny_57 | Mar 14, 2013 8:11:20 AM

Will have to see how the guy does. Gettleman will need time to undo Hurney's mischief over the years. He is forced to buy time with a limited bank account. Would like to see him get Pollard. Need to get a productive DL to support the middle and that will hopefully happen in the draft.

Posted by: PSL | Mar 14, 2013 8:15:18 AM

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