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November 13, 2013

Dan Connor returning to Panthers

Another player from Ron Rivera's first Panthers' team is returning to Charlotte.

Middle linebacker Dan Connor, who was waived from the Giants' injured reserve last week, will sign with the Panthers, team and league sources said Wednesday.

Pro Football Talk first reported the signing.

Connor, who started 19 games for the Panthers from 2008-11, signed with the Giants in March after playing the 2012 season with Dallas.

Connor, who started eight games last season in Dallas, worked out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

It's unclear what Connor's signing means for the team's linebacking corps. Veteran Chase Blackburn left Sunday's game at San Francisco with a foot injury, although Riverasaid earlier this week that Blackburn would not require surgery.

Rookie A.J. Klein played well against the 49ers in Blackburn's spot.

The Panthers also have a roster spot to fill after waiving lineman Sione Fua, who last week moved from defensive tackle to offensive line. Rivera indicated the Panthers planned to sign an offensive lineman to replace Fua.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 13, 2013 at 01:46 PM | Permalink


It means they're more worried about Blackburn than they're saying. And they need someone to take Klein's spot on special teams.

Posted by: panthergirl | Nov 13, 2013 1:53:43 PM


Posted by: nasty704 | Nov 13, 2013 2:38:17 PM

Dan Connor...come with me if you want to live...

Posted by: T1000 | Nov 13, 2013 2:46:24 PM

another one of those "hurney busts" right clowns?

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2013 3:05:07 PM

let it go man. hurney is gone.

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 13, 2013 3:21:08 PM

I liked Conner. Doesn't have the speed to be a highly paid MLB, but has good insints to be a good backup and add depth. Can't blame him for chasing the money while he could get it.

Posted by: DaveT | Nov 13, 2013 3:25:24 PM

I thought we cut Dan Conner because of all the concussions/injuries he had? Am I mixing him up with someone else?

Posted by: KT | Nov 13, 2013 3:47:52 PM

I believe you are referring to Dan Morgan...

Posted by: Petey | Nov 13, 2013 3:51:22 PM

You are thinking of Dan Morgan. He was a stud pre beas but continually hurt. He was from the U and Connor is a Penn State grad. Good signing assuming he's healthy. The thing with hurney was he hit on his first rounders and some late rounders, but overpayed free agents and missed on rounds two through four every year.

Posted by: D Brown | Nov 13, 2013 3:52:58 PM

That's right, thanks Petey & D Brown.

Posted by: KT | Nov 13, 2013 4:08:48 PM

Dan Connor was a beast. He was in on every play. I couldn't believe we traded him. I think we have the best linebackers in the league now but a great sign if anyone goes down.

Posted by: Chris | Nov 13, 2013 4:22:51 PM

Connor is injury prone but can be a serviceable backup and can help on special teams. He was always one of my favorites at PSU and was comparable to Sean Lee, Navarro Bowman and Paul Pusluszny. Unfortunately he didn't continue to develop while the other three have become candidates for first team all Pro.

Posted by: JJ | Nov 13, 2013 4:45:31 PM

Dan Connor should know that we don't play favorites anymore like we did under Hurney. You either contribute or you'll be shown the best route out of town.

Posted by: Smitty | Nov 13, 2013 4:45:57 PM

Hurney made both good and bad picks - but I have contended all along that he was only the front man for the guy behind the curtain with the tin man's heart that calls all the shots - Jerry. Jerry drafted Armanti (puke) - signs Wofford grads to free agent contracts, and gives lifetime high $contracts to players like he is honoring managers from his old Quincy steak joints!

Posted by: td1315 | Nov 13, 2013 4:50:11 PM

I remember Dan Connor as an above average player with the Panthers. This is a good signing provided he is healthy and this adds depth to the linebacking corps. This is another one year Gettleman deal so there is very little to lose and a whole lot to gain and is also from the Giants pipeline via Charlotte. Best of luck to the Panthers and Dan Connor.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Nov 13, 2013 4:51:40 PM

I always like Conner and I hope it works out here for him. As far as Hurney goes - he did have had some bad picks like Everett Brown, Clausin, Edwards and Dewayne Jarrett. But the thing is everybody was high on all those guys - and every team has some bad picks. I would rather judge Hurney on his late picks - like Greg Hardy and his FA pickups like Byron Bell.

Posted by: Dom | Nov 13, 2013 5:13:50 PM

I believe Hurney traded him because Beason returned and signed that awesome extension right before missing two additional seasons due to injury.

That would mean that Gettleman is un-doing a Hurney mistake.

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Nov 13, 2013 7:22:21 PM

how is he un-doing a hurney mistake if beason turned around a miserably NYGman defense, and hurney drafted connor?

he has a total of 30 tackles since leaving the panthers. in 15 games, 8 starts. 124 in his entire career. beason had 3 straight seasons of 100+, then 89, before the 2 injury years.

essentially trading him for connor is "undoing a mistake".

you guys are absolutely delusional. I bet since he cut hangartner, then resigned him, that he somehow gets credit for finding hangartner now, right? wharton too?

to be clear....i think gettleman (outside of the beason trade) is doing fine. but to give him a major amount of credit in the teams current success is, like i said, delusional. the credit he gets, is for NOT overreacted and cleaning house after last year. bringing everybody back was the right thing to do (obviously). But this is a team that hurney mostly assembled in the rebuild that took place in 2010 and 11. he lost his job last year because rivera is horrible in managing a close game. still is.

22 starters + 2 kickers and i'll go ahead and throw in a return man to throw gettleman a bone.......

week 1 before injuries: 20/25 were hurney guys (asterick being on smith and gross) 5 were gettleman and 1 was gano who magically appeared last year with assistant GM manning the wheel.

currently? (assuming wharton/chandler/williams starting at guard)

hurney: 18/23 gettleman: 6/23 and then gano.

gettleman gets plenty of credit for white, lotulelei, short, mitchell, mykell, florence, ginn, lester and jones. That said - NO WAY IN HELL does hurney NOT take star 14th. that was a gift from the football gods in the form of a oddity in the echocardiogram. that dude was going #1 before that (and should have).

these are the facts. 20/25 or 18/25. those are the guys on the field. and the most underrated of them all is Nortman.....that dude is having a pro bowl year and has been a HUGE part of these wins. guy is an absolute stud punter in only his 2nd season.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2013 7:59:25 PM

Charlottean, you must stop posting...you are making too much sense for some posters to comprehend. Football is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Contributing cold hard facts to artfully illustrate your point has no place in the conversation.

Posted by: YeahRight | Nov 13, 2013 9:25:04 PM

Sometimes whether it is coaches, gm's, or players it just comes time for a change of scenery. I don't believe Hurney was a disaster, and to be sure most all of the good players we have were a result of his legendary first round picking ability (seriously the dude never had a bad first round pick unless they had injury issue ie Otah), however he also did slightly overpay on free agents and towards the end I think he got restless and too aggressive trading draft picks. Furthermore, he had a pretty bad record in the middle rounds and that would come back to bite us when we had several pro bowlers but very little depth behind them. Still, I would say Hurney over the decade he was here was a top 10 general manager, not elite but certainly very good. He was just here for too long and it was time for a change. The losing accelerated the inevitable.

Posted by: Gb20 | Nov 13, 2013 10:26:59 PM

Maybe we can get Beason back before our playoff run

Posted by: ChickenWing | Nov 14, 2013 8:53:40 AM

Charlottean: How much dead cap space will the Panthers have next year because of "Hurney" deals?

Beason is PLAYING A DIFFERENT POSITION for the Giants. The Panthers have a pretty good MLB right now. Trading Beason was more of a move for 2 years from now than anything. Because Beason was moved the Panthers can resign Cam. I'm in favor of that. The defense sure isn't suffering from the lack of Beason. I'm a Beason fan, but I acknowledge this move needed to occur.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Nov 14, 2013 9:03:04 AM

charlottean = Hurney's 10 year-old grandson trolling msg boards. Don't waste your time arguing with Grandson of Hurney, he is biased and just doesn't get it.

Posted by: Frank the Tank | Nov 14, 2013 10:21:33 AM

Lets forget all this negative stuff and stand behind our PANTHERS. Let bygones be bygones, I see us headed to the BIG BOWL in February. I will stand by the Panthers on any given game day. I think Cam is growing up as each week ends. I stand behind all our guys. Wish we had kept Peppers. Way to Go PANTHERS, lets get the job done and head to the BIG APPLE.

Posted by: BRENDA | Nov 14, 2013 12:12:11 PM

beason was a pro bowl outside linebacker the year dan conner started at middle linebacker for us. he also played outside linebacker in college some next to mcintosh, gooden, mccarthy, sharpton, etc.

how much dead weight do we have on the books next year because of hurney? why are you all asking me? oh wait because YOU DON'T KNOW THE FACTS YOURSELVES........

assuming he extends olsen and restructures godfrey and doesn't cut either of them.....

who are the guys hurney signed long term? johnson - earning every penny
kalil - earning every penny
williams - 10th in the league in yards at age 30 and still not getting enough carries
stewart - getting ready to start earning it
godfrey - was earning every penny until he got hurt, he'll be restructured next year
beason - traded and restructured so that the contract voided after this season anyways
davis - how does hurney get ZERO credit for the patience he showed with this guy. he missed years that didn't matter and has come back an absolute stud who is WAY outperforming his contract
gross - earning it
smith - beyond earning it although he's due a big game or 2 about now.

what is it that you clowns blame the guy so much for? missing on a FEW mid round draft picks? some of whom went on to play for other teams and simply didn't get a chance here.

or is it that you just can't comprehend that we had the EXACT same level of talent LAST YEAR and just had a tougher schedule mixed with horrible decision making that cost us the playoffs.

this isn't high brow stuff guys, this is basic. I expect you all to be able to get it. you figured out how to work the computer and the internets for today, you can figure out that we're winning because of hurney, not inspite of him.

we have roughly 20 million to carry forward onto next year to use to resign gano, hardy, mitchell, draft picks, etc. we have very few holes outside of tackle where gross will probably retire and linebacker assuming klein isn't the guy there. guard will be fine between silatolu coming back and SOMEBODY out of kugbila/williams/wharton/hangartner.

safety we have jones/lester AND godfrey coming back assuming he restructures and mykell and mitchell potentially resigning as well. we only need 4 of them.

looks like we have all 7 picks given that we traded a 7th for colin jones, but got back a 7th (potentially better?) for beason.

7 picks, 2 holes. if gross comes back, that can wait a year, if klein is the man at OLB going forward, that could MAYBE wait a year. that would leave WR and CB as the next positions up but neither are dire needs as we've proven they aren't necessary to win time and time again.

18/25 right now boys, it might even be 20/25 come next year week 1. legit chance at that, but no less than 15/25 but sure........hate the guy. hate the guy that did a great job and give all the credit to the new guy who signed mike mitchell and ted ginn. because THAT's why we're winning.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 14, 2013 1:51:12 PM

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