The Panthers might have a No. 2 receiver, a complement to Steve Smith, simmering somewhere on the roster, but I haven't see him. Receivers have had moments in camp and in exhibitions, but nobody has jumped up and established that he is a bonifide NFL No. 2.
Seattle's T.J. Houshmandzadeh is.
Seattle apparenly is trying to dump Houshmandzadeh so it can sign San Diego holdout Vincent Jackson. Jackson is better than T.J., but T.J. would greatly enhance Carolina's receiving corp.
Housh is 6-2 and 32 years old, a year older than Steve Smith. Although he's not a sprinter, he is a superior route-runner. He has six straight seasons with at lease 904 yards in receptions. In most of those seasons, he complemented Ochocinco in Cincinnati. Let him line up next to Smith in Charlotte.
Although he will make $7 million this season, the Seahawks will be responsible for almost all of it. He could cost his next employer as little as $850,000, the veteran minimum. He certainly won't cost htem $7 mill.
Why not Carolina?
Act now, and start him in eight days against the New York Giants.
If Seattle can't find a trade partner, it might cut him. So trade, Panthers, trade. Give your fans, and your quarterbacks, something to get excited about. You gambled in the draft, as is your custom. Gamble now, before somebody else jumps on him.