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Shockey, Barnidge currently have contracts.

King, Rosario have been offered contracts.

If both King and Rosario sign, someone has to go.

IMO, because of Barnidge being a special teams beast, he stays. So it's down to Rosario or King. Hopefully King signs elsewhere because I am excited to see what Rosario can do in an actual NFL offense.

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I think it's a given by this point that King is gone, if not Rosario too, despite the tenders. They can be pulled.

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I actually think Rosario can be a star in Chud's offense if we re-sign him.

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Hopefully you're right.

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King gets the boot. He is a horrible pass catching TE where as Rosario is multi-talented and Barnidge seems to be more of what Rivera and Chud are looking for

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king isn't horrible, he's just slow.

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I would think Fox would want King over there in Denver. He is the ideal Fox player. Veteran, decent at everything, great at nothing, isn't a risk.

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Maybe they tendered King so they can get a 6th or 7th round pick outta fox for him :)

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Zod, you are around the team and know the players personally (I assume). I go to OTAs and Spartanburg once a year. My observation about King is that he is a leader. I also think everyone here should not discount the fact that he is a (Y) "hand in the dirt beside the tackle" blocker.

I do not know how important that is now (opposed to a TE who can split out, motion into block, or h back lead block). Frankly, I do not know if Shockey isn't better than King on the LOS..

Rosario is a player. Barnidge will be if given the opportunity, I think. Shockey will probably
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when you have check down happy qb's you fill the stable with TE's, and RB's who can catch and block. Variety one way or the other to keep the defense guessing does not hurt either. I think this is just part of Clausen's development. Give him big sure-handed targets on the short routes and run the shit outta 4 WR's until he gets comfortable enough to air one out.
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It's rare that you have a long-time starter that gets benched when signing a big-name free agent at the same position and that guy stays on the team. I think King's gone.
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King was our best Tight End last year. It would be sad to see him go, but I can't see him sticking around with the Shockey signing. Fox is ready to sign him.

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Had a nice lunch with Rosario and Barnidge last year. Both are very bright guys and I can see both being leaders on the team, Rosario especially.

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Agree, I have high hopes for Rosario in this offense... I suspect King will be the odd man out simply because he doesn't have the speed to get open in man-to-man coverage.

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King is gone and should be. He isn't really starter material unless you just expect your TE just to block. Rosario is the guy every year that we keep saying he has a ton of potential but hasn't developed. Maybe it was coaching. Then again maybe it is the fact that he tends to drop the ball when we need him to catch it.

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I get the impression that this means that both King AND Rosario are gone. I wouldn't be surprised to see Shockey/Barnidge/rookie as the TE's.

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I just hope Shockey can stay healthy.

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I personally like King. I think people underestimate his catching ability. Sure he isn't going to get the YAC like true catching TE's. But everything thrown to him is pretty much caught. I followed him back at his days at Tech and was hoping we would draft him since he fitted the mold of a Fox TE. And we did and he hasn't been a let down here.

Like someone else stated here, I think a lot of players view him as a leader type player in the huddle and does what he is told to do without complaining. I'd be kinda upset if we let him go elsewhere but it's a business.

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Panthers have kept 4 TEs before. With Shockey's injury history and the fact that the three existing TEs all have positives associated with their game, don't be too shocked to see the team keep all 4. Will be harder though if Kasay is still the kicker and the Panthers have to keep another kickoff specialist.

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King will is the first to go.

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I've always loved Rosario, so hopefully King gets the boot.

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Also remember that Rosario is the backup FB. He isn't going anywhere.

If Rivera likes athletic TEs, that means King is the man out.

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If we can find one kicker to do two jobs. Why can't we have 4TEs? Especially one with an injury history.

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I actually think the team will take all four to camp and let them fight it out (barring any other pickups).

I'm probably one of the few who thinks King is more likely to stay than Rosario or Barnidge.

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[quote name='Mr. Scot']I actually think the team will take all four to camp and let them fight it out (barring any other pickups).

I'm probably one of the few who thinks King is more likely to stay than Rosario or Barnidge.[/QUOTE]

Yes, they typically do carry 4 up until the 3rd preseason game. The 4th guy is usually an undrafted rookie or equivalent. Interesting to see a real camp battle for that 3rd spot without favoritism from the coach for a change. I don't think it will come to that though, Dante or Jeff will sign elsewhere.

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