Friday, February 27, 2009

It's vewy vewy qwiet

Sorry to channel Elmer Fudd, but that's the story from the Carolina Panthers with free agency kicking off Friday.

The Panthers are handcuffed by big contracts, and likely won't be a major player in free agency (as expected). However, others have been. For instance:

Washington. The Redskins apparently aren't worried about money, as they handed out over $150 million in a pair of contracts. DT Albert Haynesworth got a 7 year deal worth over $100 million dollars, and then handed a $54 million dollar deal wot CB DeAngelo Hall.

Kerry Collins is staying with Tennessee, former UNC center Jeff Saturday avoided free agency by doing a new deal with Indianapolis, the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Domonique Foxworth on a four-year, $28 million contract that includes $16.5 million in guaranteed money.

Big news for the NFC South was the trade of TE Kellen Winslow to Tampa Bay from Cleveland for draft picks. That won't make Panther fans feel too comfortable, as another talented pass-catching tight end will have the chance to feast on Carolina coverage. Tight ends have had some success against the Panthers in the past, but then again, this is a new defensive coaching staff. Have to see how that all plays out.

More later, as we get wind of more signings, and if the Panthers phone actually rings.

Mike Solarte

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