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February 05, 2014

Despite ties to McDermott, Samuel not likely a fit for Panthers

The Panthers have signed several former Philadelphia defensive players over the past three seasons with ties to defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who formerly held the same role with the Eagles.

The list includes linebacker Omar Gaither, safety Sean Considine and, most recently, strong safety Quintin Mikell.

And while the Panthers have several holes to fill in the secondary, it's unlikely they would bring in veteran cornerback Asante Samuel, the former Eagles Pro-Bowler released Wednesday by Atlanta (link is to Atlanta Journal-Constitution story).

Samuel played for McDermott in Philly, and some members of the Panthers organization were intrigued in 2011 when the Eagles looked ready to trade Samuel after they acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb deal and signed free agent corner Nnamdi Asomugha.

But that was three years ago.

Samuel, who turned 33 last month, had a solid 2012 season for the Falcons with five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. But he lost his starting spot in 2013 as the Falcons went with young corners Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant.

The Panthers could lose two of their top three corners from last season. They're not expected to re-sign 33-year-old Drayton Florence, and will have to pay Captain Munnerlyn more than the $1.1 million he made last year.

The Panthers like the way undrafted rookie Melvin White developed, and are at fish-or-cut-bait point with Josh Norman and Josh Thomas.

It seems more likely the Panthers will try to re-sign Munnerlyn and go after a free agent younger than Samuel, who is probably an emergency fall-back option at best.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 5, 2014 at 05:37 PM | Permalink

Comments

Josh Norman blew one coverage (buffalo) and didn't play again. Josh Turner blew many coverages among other mistakes, and remained on the active roster. So I'm not sure what they are looking at but I would much rather see the play of Norman and what he brings to the table

Posted by: Christoph | Feb 6, 2014 1:32:30 AM

Josh Norman should have played more, maybe something happen inside the locker room, no way one game at buffalo puts this guy on the bench for the whole season

Posted by: Teedog | Feb 6, 2014 7:54:01 AM

The Josh Norman thing is a head scracther. He played big in pre season and was the talk in camp, but seem to never get a chance in the the games this year. This has got to be a in house thing! One play at buffalo wouldnt have beched him for the year. He had all the makings of being a big time cb.

Posted by: PantherPride28 | Feb 6, 2014 8:26:14 AM

Thomas should be cut simply for the stupid punch attempt that resulted in a 15 yard penalty and, in essence, ended the panthers season

Posted by: Ol' School Fan | Feb 6, 2014 10:10:07 AM

In other news..Ricky Proehi son sign at Unc!!!Way to go Tarheels!!

Posted by: PantherPride28 | Feb 6, 2014 10:40:22 AM

Josh Norman gambles too much. It looks great when he got interceptions (against 2nd and 3rd string qb's) but when it doesnt pay off normally you give up a touchdown.

Posted by: spaceman mike | Feb 6, 2014 11:21:43 AM

josh norman can't tackle.....josh thomas is a tackling machine.

half those "blown coverages" by thomas were actually safeties blowing the coverage.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 6, 2014 11:37:27 AM

Ricky Proehl's son at UNC-CH? What color rental car did they give him?

Posted by: Gettleman | Feb 6, 2014 12:33:39 PM

Have there ever been anything written on why they havent played Josh Norman? That would seem to be a good read. I would love to see more coverage on this team. I get more from the Panthers app on my phone, than our on hometown paper.

Posted by: PantherPride28 | Feb 6, 2014 12:58:59 PM

Josh Thomas, Captain Munnerlyn, and Mike Mitchell had a personal foul a piece in a home playoff game. This is unacceptable, if any of them are in Spartanburg this summer we're spineless. Hopefully a standup guy like Mr. Richardson will not stand for this type of classless sportsmanship. Drayton Florence was also penalized for pass interference in the red zone at home in the Divisional. The Captain should have been scraped with the backside of a butter knife after how burnt he got in Miami, forget all these guys. Draft DB's.

Posted by: PSLPanther | Feb 6, 2014 1:14:45 PM

I just don't think the secondary as a whole was on the same page! Too many guys running free and wide open! The defense communication just wasn't there in the secondary. Everyone looking in the backfield and not paying attention to the tight ends and receivers.

Posted by: Art Harvey | Feb 6, 2014 2:10:58 PM

I just don't think the secondary as a whole was on the same page! Too many guys running free and wide open! The defense communication just wasn't there in the secondary. Everyone looking in the backfield and not paying attention to the tight ends and receivers.

Posted by: Art Harvey | Feb 6, 2014 2:10:59 PM

I thought Drayton Florence was pretty good. Stats werent huge but always seemed to make a good play here or there.

Posted by: Sean | Feb 10, 2014 11:34:47 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Feb 10, 2014 11:39:59 AM

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