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Carolina Panthers Top 3 Offseason Priorities

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number 3 is super important we have to find a back that we like as much as Stewart so we can limit his touches. I would love to find a Matt Jones type of back. 

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Can't just assume Ealy is the same guy we saw Sunday moving forward. Olivier Vernon will cost too much, I'm curious to see the market for JPP. He's someone I hope they keep an eye on. We need pass rushers. 

As someone who has preached offense I want us to go heavy D in FA. Id love another corner opposite of Josh (who is getting tagged). Tillman's done and Bene is nothing more than a slot corner. 

Travis Benjamin and Jermaine Kearse are two WR's I like but WR's always tend to get overpaid and I believe it's smarter to draft WR's early to save money which will allow us to "keep our core". Tyler Boyd would be a nice add for the slot. We have no idea how Benji will bounce back and Funchess isn't ready to be the number 2 yet so WR is a must early in the draft. We aren't signing Alshon. 

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I agree about Josh... offer him like a 3 year deal, good money but if he won't sign it, then franchise tag him. There have been a lot of corner backs in history who had magical seasons and teams locked them up long term, only to get burned down the line. Thinking back on our own history, Doug Evans came to mind. We signed him in 1998 (I believe) to a 5 year, $23 million dollar contract which at the time made him one of the highest paid corner backs in the NFL.  Anyway, Doug had just come off the Super Bowl win with the Packers, hopes were high about his future, and well, the rest is history. Sorry, I'm not ready to give Josh an 8-year+ deal, especially at his age, and because I think we're putting a lot on just this year's performance alone. Keep him, yes, but just franchise tag him and move onto other needs unless you can work out a fair deal that doesn't kill us.

I just hope we make a lot of smart decisions because I don't take our future for granted.

The way I look at Cam, he is awesome because he can do so much physically no other QB can do. The issue is, how long can he keep this up? History shows us that a physical quarterbacks doesn't stay physical forever. I realize that the coaching staff trusts their 6'5" 245lb quarterback and they give him the OK to run into defenders, but right now the guy is 26 years of age and he feels invincible. Can you honestly see him flipping over people at 30? Maybe he will still be SuperCam, but I think his window of opportunity to play at such a level is limited to just a few more seasons.

I'd like to see us make an effort to win and win now. The truth is we need to do some work to get us over the hump, especially next year when we will be favorite to win a lot of games and the challenge will be much different than it was as underdogs.

I just get nervous with Cam because it seems like every time he gets sacked or hit, the guy has this look on his face like he just burst an appendix! I don't know if it's simply drama on his part like MJ in the NBA Finals against the Jazz, saying he was struggling with the flu as he knocked down 3's! BUT i seriously think Cam is in agony a lot because he plays so physical, so again, let's do what we need to this off season to take advantage of the Cam we have now.

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39 minutes ago, Kevin Greene said:

With the FT I would be very concerned of Norman pulling a Julius Peppers and refusing to sign it. Who blinks first, could be a huge problem with our offseason moves in limbo.

After the JPP thing last year, I don't think that you will see that very much anymore.

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1 hour ago, Jeremy Igo said:

Everything I have heard from sources indicate they won't. 

Like, won't even try? What's the rationale there? 

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30 minutes ago, propagandamachine said:

Dave says Josh is worth $7 mill a year... Hes worth $7 mill a year. 

Dave said Josh was worth $7mil a year BEFORE this season.  He's obviously worth a lot more now.

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1 hour ago, Adb6368 said:

It would be a little disappointing if Wegher never turns out to be more than a backup considering we wasted a spot on the roster every single game for him.

The thing is, the roster spot wasn't wasted. Like other marginal active guys who saw little playing time at their position, Wegher and others did have value on special teams. And what players on some team's practice squad would you have put on the roster in place of Wegher, or other bottom roster guys, that WOULD have seen significant playing time? Don't forget we weren't yet out of the salary cap hole that had been dug, and Gman's philosophy is to build a team that can sustain, vs. throwing all your money at this season or next season. It's a good bet that our overall talent level on the 53 will improve for next season though.

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3 hours ago, Jeremy Igo said:

Now that the Carolina Panthers offseason has begun, it is time to look ahead to the team's priorities. 

 

1. Josh Norman will receive the franchise tag paying him 14 million. Dave Gettleman won't sign Norman long term, although it could be easily argued Norman has earned it. Instead, he will be franchised for at least one more season. This is not ideal for either party, Norman or the team itself. But, this is sometimes a necessary evil in today's NFL. Yes, Josh Norman gets a nice pay check for a year. The problem for him is he is coming up on 28 years of age and could risk being injured this season. That would mean an unlikely top paying long term contract in 2017. There is a risk here for Norman to lose tens of millions of dollars overall in his career. Keep an eye on this. It is possible Norman could demand a sign and trade to a team that can afford his services long term, like the Oakland Raiders for instance. 

2. Shore up the pass rush. Dave Gettleman told us this in so many words at his press conference yesterday. Kony Ealy showed tremendous promise in the Superbowl with a performance on par with the Superbowl MVP Von Miller. Ealy is just now coming into his own, and like Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, could break out in his third year in the league. Charles Johnson will either be released or will be extended at a very cap friendly deal. Normally I would say Johnson would be released for sure, but his relationship with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has me second guessing it. There isn't a stronger mutual player/owner respect in the league. Look for the Panthers to make a strong push in free agency for an up and coming player or spend one of their top 2 draft picks on a defensive end. Remember, free agency sets up the draft. 

3. Find your future runner. Gettleman told us one of his three pillars of a winning philosophy is running the ball. Jonathan Stewart will likely be retained for one more season, but after that the Panthers currently do not know who their future feature back is. Cameron Artis-Payne saw mixed results during the season, showing an issue holding on to the ball. Brandon Wegher they like, but the fact that he was only active for one game tells me they see him as a long term backup. Does this mean that both have no shot at being a feature back? Of course not, but it does mean that the Panthers will look to minimize the possibility of not having a true feature back in 2017 and even 2016 if Stewart is injured. I can easily see the Panthers signing a quality free agent runner or spending a top 3 pick on a running back. 

 

 

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Some mock drafts have us selecting Elliot from Ohio state or Derrick Henry from Alabama. Tho think Safety from Boise state or Emmanuel ogabah de from Oklahoma state or Eli Apple a Cb or the Cb from Vtech

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11 minutes ago, crushcard1976 said:

Some mock drafts have us selecting Elliot from Ohio state or Derrick Henry from Alabama. Tho think Safety from Boise state or Emmanuel ogabah de from Oklahoma state or Eli Apple a Cb or the Cb from Vtech

I would love to pick Derrick Henry.  Just think he will be a hall of fame RB in the NFL

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34 minutes ago, Randolph Panther said:

I would love to pick Derrick Henry.  Just think he will be a hall of fame RB in the NFL

Was just coming here to post that it wouldn't surprise me to see him drafted at 30, not my style, but wouldn't surprise me.

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48 minutes ago, crushcard1976 said:

Some mock drafts have us selecting Elliot from Ohio state or Derrick Henry from Alabama. Tho think Safety from Boise state or Emmanuel ogabah de from Oklahoma state or Eli Apple a Cb or the Cb from Vtech

Darian Thompson would be the biggest waste of a 1st round pick 

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