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March 19, 2014

Panthers interested in CB Antoine Cason

While they wait on the decision of free agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery, the Panthers are moving to address another gaping hole on their roster at cornerback.

The Panthers have talked to Arizona Cardinals free agent corner Antoine Cason, league sources said. News of the team's interest comes a day Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas was in Charlotte meeting with the Panthers.

Cason was scheduled to visit the Panthers on Wednesday. But the visit apparently was canceled amid Cason's decision to change agents.

Cason hired Drew Rosenhaus to represent him this week, the sources said.

Cason was in San Diego when Panthers coach Ron Rivera and secondary coach Steve Wilks were on the Chargers' staff.

Cason, 27, a six-year veteran who has 14 career interceptions, did not start a game for Arizona last season after signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals last offseason. Pro Bowl corner Patrick Peterson and Jerraud Powers were the Cards' starting corners.

Cason played only 10 defensive snaps in a Week 5 win against the Panthers, but had a fumble recovery. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton chased down Cason to prevent a touchdown on Cason's fumble return.

Cason, who played collegiately at Arizona, was a first-round pick of the Chargers in 2008. He started 14 games or more during his last three seasons in San Diego from 2010-2012.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 19, 2014 at 02:35 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Sean | Mar 19, 2014 2:46:08 PM

The last memory I have of Cason was when he made Mushin Muhammad fumble in the game when Jake the Snake found Rosario in the back of the endzone for the win. Havent heard much of him since then, but I'm glad to see that Gettleman does actually know it is Free Agency. PANTHERNATION!! Keep Pounding!! Some how!!

Posted by: panthersallday | Mar 19, 2014 3:23:07 PM

we like to hire former chargers.

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 19, 2014 4:14:24 PM

We like to hire anyone if they are cheap enough

Posted by: Panther's fan | Mar 19, 2014 4:23:31 PM

Nobody cared about these cheap hires last year because we were just filling small gaps. You can't construct %50 of the team off of cheap hires.

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 19, 2014 4:30:59 PM

Still waiting for Gettleman ot get some wideouts. Hope he dosen"t wait til their all gone.Should have kept Smith, Ginn,signed Nicks and used the first pick to replace Gross

Posted by: Eddie | Mar 19, 2014 4:31:13 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 19, 2014 4:37:31 PM

smitty - exactly what i've been saying. 3-4 holes....sure. 8-10? no effing way.

this dude better have a helluva draft. and pray other teams cool on wide receivers in the first 2 rounds.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 4:47:38 PM

and the absolute disregard for lafell's value just shows the ignorance of our fanbase.

so....we're questioning pats moves now? and we're just going to ignore all of those downfield clear out blocks he had last year on big plays?

he's also 5th all-time receiving in franchise history. that's both alarming and impressive at the same time. 6th in td's.

right, i forgot. delhomme was horrible, fox was horrible, beason was horrible, dan morgan and his 26 super bowl tackles were horrible, deangelo williams and his career 4.8 ypc and nearly 7000 yards in 8 seasons is horrible, stewart is horrible, davis was horrible a few years ago before everybody shut up, munnerlyn is horrible, steve smith and his top 20 all-time numbers is horrible, and hurney was definitely horrible. i mean seriously......the dude LOST the superbowl with that roster he assembled 2 years removed from a 1-15 team. what a bum.


Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 4:54:13 PM

Running quarterback with bad ankles, not good. Maybe we can get a real quarterback with the #1 pick in the 2015 draft, since Gettleman blew up the team and we're going to lose bad next year. Fire Mike Shula too.

Posted by: FU mike shula | Mar 19, 2014 4:55:50 PM

Any players that are looking to build your stock up before that next big contract,come join the Panthers. They love to let players showcase their talents for the rest of the league only to let them go once they reach their full potential to help another team...

Posted by: curtis | Mar 19, 2014 4:59:43 PM

mike shula is the problem now? you mean the guy that fixed our offense from being turnover and 3 and out prone the years before?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 5:13:44 PM

Hey Charlottean...most of what you said is correct about players being horrible at some point in their career with us except nobody ever said Steve Smith was horrible and nobody said Davis was horrible unless they meant worthless because he missed basically three years...and yes Mike Shula was the problem last yr, we should have won Niners game with some decent playcalling on the goal line besides run up the middle over and over against that Dline..hurney and fox were both bums because they couldnt win two years in a row once in their nine year span...go back to sleep/work

Posted by: I am your father | Mar 19, 2014 5:33:59 PM

unrealistic expectations. it wasn't that they went 11-5 one year and 5-11 the next. they would go 8-8 or 7-9 with a SLEW of injuries. funny how NOBODY remembers how long the injury list was in 2004 and 2006.

and there have been teams that didn't make the playoffs during the past 10. plenty of teams that have never made it to a super bowl. plenty of teams that haven't made it to the conference championship.

the league is built for parity. a well run franchise can easily look mediocre. the teams that have been successful regularly come and go - almost always coinciding with the prime of an elite (top 5) quarterback. getting a top 5 quarterback is just as much luck as it is skill. winning without a top 5 quarterback is absolutely skill.

chalk 1 game up to shula. so.....12-4 out the window? it wasn't JUST on him. and he was way better than chud was: racking up stats and racking up losses in games where we easily should have won.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 5:44:11 PM

Charlottean: Yep... you pretty much summed it up with your post at 4:54 PM. That's about why I've suddenly become a Ravens fan...

Posted by: New Ravens Fan | Mar 19, 2014 5:51:20 PM

Shula is a big part of the problem. How many times did Shula abandon the run game when it started gaining steam? Right when the run game would start to take off, he would have Cam pass three times in a row, then punt. Rob Chudzinki would been great if he just ran a little more with less passing, and less read option.

Posted by: FU mike shula | Mar 19, 2014 5:55:51 PM

Go back and watch the games and see for yourself. The defense's injuries are going to pile up next year with them having to be on the field all the time.

Posted by: FU mike shula | Mar 19, 2014 5:56:14 PM

Oh yeah...I remember why we have not been in the playoffs 2 years in a row...We can't stand success!!!

Posted by: Chuck | Mar 19, 2014 6:00:21 PM

At least Chudzinski was able to get Cam to complete more of his downfield passes. By the way Shula's play calling was horrible the entire season.

Posted by: FU mike shula | Mar 19, 2014 6:09:23 PM

charolteen must set in his mothers basement all day just fingering the keyboard just waiting to gush forth any negativity regarding how the Panthers conduct their business.

Posted by: deepenwide | Mar 19, 2014 6:11:58 PM

Don't get it twisted, our defense got us that 12-4 record, not the offense. Anybody who thinks Shula got us that record is lying to themselves.

Posted by: FU mike shula | Mar 19, 2014 6:17:56 PM

Cam maybe had 4-5 decent games against average defenses.

Posted by: FU mike shula | Mar 19, 2014 6:20:36 PM

Yeah - Shula better watch out for Gettleman - seriously. He's already ready to rebuild, so....
It was Rivera that saved Shula's job I believe.

Posted by: Joshua David La Russa | Mar 19, 2014 6:55:43 PM

The offense was bad all season and now it's got no WR's. If the team thinks they're gonna be good, Shula will need to open the playbook and be wayyyyyyy more unpredictable.

Posted by: Big Rob | Mar 19, 2014 7:02:15 PM

Trust Gettleman, he will get a WR or 2 via the draft or after someone is cut from another team. Someone always does after all the free agency over spending by teams. We can get a LT and 2 Wr's in the draft since the WR's are deep. Maybe another O-lineman that can get some push. Horrible call on trying to sneak Cam on 4th & 1 in the SF game. I prefer Cam in shot gun with a running start and picking a lane to dive over the goal.

Posted by: Rick | Mar 19, 2014 7:20:46 PM

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