Wednesday produced a few more cap casualties as other teams looked to save some bucks. Here’s a list of the cap cuts to date. I’ve already blogged an opinion of two players the Panthers may pursue:TE Alge Crumpler & WR Muhsin Muhammad. Let’s examine a few other players that may be of interest to the Panthers:
John Welbourn - Guard - Chiefs
The Chiefs line sucked this year so Welbourn could very well have been a victim of the overall play of the Chiefs line. The Panthers need depth at guard and who knows whether the Panthers plan to keep Jeremy Bridges. Welbourn may just need a fresh start.
Trent Green – QB – Dolphins
If the Panthers decide to part ways with David Carr, which many people expect, then they may not be comfortable having so little experience behind Jake. I like Matt Moore as much as anybody, but Trent Green may still have a few capable games left in him. If Jake should not recover in time for the opener the Panthers FO may prefer a veteran to fill the gap instead of continuing the tempering of Moore.
Rod Coleman – DT – Falcons
If the Panthers trade Kris Jenkins they may want to bring in a veteran tackle to back-up the younger players. Coleman did battle injuries last season but is only two years removed from a 10.5 sack season. It was not that long ago Coleman was considered one of the better tackles in the league. At 31 one he may still have a season or two in him.
Dwight Smith – FS – Vikings
You may remember Smith from the Bucs Super Bowl run in 2002. He brings 5 years of starters experience and at 29 certainly has a few good years left. After Mike Minter retired and Nate Salley went on IR in the preseason the Panthers had no real answer for the free safety position. Deke Cooper filled in fairly well but it’s obvious the Panthers need an upgrade at the position. If they don’t address it early in the draft Smith just may be the answer.