But most signs from those around the team, including some of his teammates, indicate Gross is done, with an official retirement announcement coming as soon as this week. So unless the three-time Pro Bowler has a sudden change of heart, and gains back the weight he’s already lost since the playoff loss to the 49ers, the Panthers will go into a season without Gross as one of their starting tackles for the first time since John Fox’s inaugural year in Carolina.
I'm really tired of the discussion about his height. If he can play and make PLAYS, then who the hell cares how tall he is!? And Marty Hurney usually drafted tall WR's in the early rounds. Dwayne Jarrett was 6'4, and Lafell is 6'2.
He's to small! We need our version of AJ Green or Megatron, he's a complimentary second receiver in the draft if he ever fell down the lists but I'm locked in in a 6'3 minimum receiver for cam to throw high too.
The Panthers have signed several former Philadelphia defensive players over the past three seasons with ties to defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who formerly held the same role with the Eagles.
The list includes linebacker Omar Gaither, safety Sean Considine and, most recently, strong safety Quintin Mikell.
And while the Panthers have several holes to fill in the secondary, it's unlikely they would bring in veteran cornerback Asante Samuel, the former Eagles Pro-Bowler released Wednesday by Atlanta (link is to Atlanta Journal-Constitution story).
Samuel played for McDermott in Philly, and some members of the Panthers organization were intrigued in 2011 when the Eagles looked ready to trade Samuel after they acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb deal and signed free agent corner Nnamdi Asomugha.
But that was three years ago.
Samuel, who turned 33 last month, had a solid 2012 season for the Falcons with five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. But he lost his starting spot in 2013 as the Falcons went with young corners Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant.
The Panthers could lose two of their top three corners from last season. They're not expected to re-sign 33-year-old Drayton Florence, and will have to pay Captain Munnerlyn more than the $1.1 million he made last year.
The Panthers like the way undrafted rookie Melvin White developed, and are at fish-or-cut-bait point with Josh Norman and Josh Thomas.
It seems more likely the Panthers will try to re-sign Munnerlyn and go after a free agent younger than Samuel, who is probably an emergency fall-back option at best.