You think professional scouts and front office people have the attitude of "I just know somebody better than Philly Brown is out there even though I don't know who they are"? I'm skeptical. Every team in the league has fourth / fifth receivers and practice squadders. They've chosen to keep those guys over the all unemployed team because they believe they are better, and will continue to do so unless something changes their minds. Could they be wrong? Yeah, but I'll take those judgments over fan judgments every time with no reservations.
Mike Remmers wasn't unemployed when we picked him up. He was on the Rams practice squad, so someone had "signed him already". Same is true of Ryan Delaire. And to be clear, we didn't dump somebody in order to sign Remmers. We had an open roster spot because Chase Blackburn was going on IR. Likewise, Delaire came aboard because we were thin at defensive end. When you have a need like that, practice squads - generally starting with your own - are a better place to shop than the scrap heap. Frankly, success for guys like Remmers and Ryan Delaire doesn't happen often. If you look back at the Panthers transaction history, you'll see plenty of other players signed under similar circumstances, and a good number of them gone before the season even ended or back on the practice squad where they were before. But yes, they're looking. They're always looking. They have weekly tryouts specifically to look at guys who might be useful, but those guys don't get signed all that often. As mentioned, they'll look to the practice squads first. And come on, do you honestly think if the team knew there was a guy out there better than Philly Brown, they'd refuse to sign him "just because"? If they found someone they believed could make the team better, they'd make the move. Any team would. I don't buy that such a guy is out there right now. And given the Panthers lack of moves at WR, it would seem neither do they. That can change at any point (heck, they could potentially decide Norwood's better once he's had more reps) but there's no indication right now that it will anytime soon.
Scrub? I wouldn't call him that, but in a world without newton, I still wouldn't want Stafford. Stafford is like Jake Delhomme's evil twin. Used to be Delhomme could look lousy for an entire game but then suddenly be clutch when it counted. By contrast, Stafford can look good for an entire game then blow it when it's all on the line. Mind you, tonight's disaster wasn't Stafford's fault, but I'm talking about his history.
That'd be better evidence if it actually said what you claim. It's pretty well established that Gettleman told Nicks Indy would be a better situation for him. Also known that Nicks never actually visited the Panthers. Rumors that an offer was made came from guys like Jason LaCanfora but it was never established. Here's an actual quote from Voth, answering someone who asked what happened:
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/15/nicks-gets-to-work-right-away-on-making-an-impact-for-colts/-gets-to-work-right- Voth was one of the 'multiples'. As I recall, he stated that Nicks never actually came to Charlotte. They only spoke by phone. And are you telling me you don't remember the massive screaming fits everyone had when they found out Gettleman told him he'd be better off elsewhere?