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New deal for Taylor Moton gives the Panthers options


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Moton is also exceptional at his job on the right side, and if they find a suitable left tackle, he can stay there and be excellent. If not, he's taken enough snaps on the left that he's at least an alternative there if the others aren't working out.

Yes, it is an option, arguably more of one now that the money issue is out of the way.

Matt Rhule was asked under what conditions Moton would start at left tackle. His simple (and sensible) answer was that it would happen if he was the best player at that spot.

It's not all that hard to imagine that he will be.

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Of course he's an option on the left . . . now. 

Had they even HINTED at such prior to getting the deal done it would have given Moton and his agent additional leverage to push for more.  By keeping those cards close to the vest, they were able to secure him to a contract that pays him like one of the best RT's in the league - which he probably is - but can now acknowledge that he may move left if it becomes obvious they are out of alternatives.

It's a good move on their part.  Smart business.

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3 minutes ago, BrianS said:

Of course he's an option on the left . . . now. 

Had they even HINTED at such prior to getting the deal done it would have given Moton and his agent additional leverage to push for more.  By keeping those cards close to the vest, they were able to secure him to a contract that pays him like one of the best RT's in the league - which he probably is - but can now acknowledge that he may move left if it becomes obvious they are out of alternatives.

It's a good move on their part.  Smart business.

Moton didn't need Rhule talking to the press about the option to know its an option. He's not stupid and actually extremely smart. If it's obvious to fans it's been thought of by those involved 

He's the one who is the factor in moving left. If he wanted to he would and he would have negotiated as such

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I think it's a question (regarding Moton on the left) of if we're better with a good/very good LT in Moton and an adequate RT (in whomever) or if we're better with an excellent RT and (hopefully) a serviceable rotation @ LT.

Scheme will matter too, of course. If we're consistently helping out the LT when called for, we may be better off leaving Moton on the right.

It will surely be interesting to see how the OL develops. Other than Darnold, it may be the area I'm most interested in seeing how it unfolds.

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I had hoped they could work something out. Seeing the news that they actually had worked something out for the long term brought more joy and optimism to me than I had expected. Good, sane, strong contract that benefits both parties now and over the long term, what more could we have asked for?

Here's to hoping Moton retires after an entire 12- year career is spent here and here alone and he gets his name up in the Ring of Honor. Darn, this news just makes me happy!

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45 minutes ago, TrevorLaurenceTime22 said:

Honestly it would probably be Wharton. Not a super high bar.

Honestly, if you're going to comment about our o-line while slamming them the very least you could do is get players' positions correct. Then you wouldn't be laughed at.

Wharton played Guard. Left Guard. Next to ..........

Jordan Gross, our top OT. Left Tackle. The "first best" in the reference.

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16 minutes ago, GRWatcher said:

Honestly, if you're going to comment about our o-line while slamming them the very least you could do is get players' positions correct. Then you wouldn't be laughed at.

Wharton played Guard. Left Guard. Next to ..........

Jordan Gross, our top OT. Left Tackle. The "first best" in the reference.

Wharton did start out his career in 2004 as a Guard but then played T from 2005-2007 before moving back to guard for the 2008 season.  He wasn’t a bad tackle, he was just a better guard and the switch was possible after they drafted Jeff Otah to play on the right and were able to move Gross to the left side, and move Wharton from LT inside to Guard. 

So the guy you’re saying is being laughed at, turns out to actually be correct with his statement, that Wharton played T.  Whether he’s the second best, that’s up for debate. 

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Meant to say career started in 2004, not 2006.
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