This week's edition of Keep or Cut focuses on veteran and fan favorite WR Muhsin Muhammad. ‘Moose' as we love to call him has been a solid contributor for the Panthers since being drafted by the Panthers in 1996 (except for a three yr hiatus to Chicago). Yet Father Time catches up to all of us and at 37 Moose is getting long in the tooth. Panther fans have spoken about the need to upgrade the WR position; it is currently the number one need per the recent fan poll on this side.
Here's what Moose delivered last season:
G 14 GS 13 Rec. 53 for 581 yards, Avg of 11.0 with a long of 27yds, TD 1
His salary cap hit was around $1.75M in 2009. Though Moose is now considered a possession receiver he also remains a solid contributor in the Panthers running game. So the big question remaining is whether the Panthers tender him a one-year offer as insurance in case they are unable to obtain a WR to fill the #2 spot or Dwayne Jarrett is still unable to get it done. Moose can still contribute on third downs and is a solid presence in the locker room and as a mentor to the younger guys.
I would be remiss not to mention he holds the Super Bowl record for longest reception at 85 yards (TD) from the Panthers lone SB appearance in 2003. That still stands as one of the greatest single plays in Panther history.
Finally, some of his career stats: 860 receptions for 11,438 yards and 62 TDs. A very nice 2nd round draft pick for the Panthers. Will they work the same 2nd round magic this year?
So what say ye Panthers fans, keep (re-sign) or cut (not re-sign)?