With plenty of cash to spend many Panthers fans are eager to see management make some aggressive moves to replace the key losses when most veterans were purged from the roster earlier this year. Some speculate Jerry Richardson is getting ready for the lockout that will result if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached. For what ever reaason the cuts have been made. The panthers could easily afford to sign two big time free agents with the space made available by the release of Peppers.
The biggest name on the market at the moment is T.O.. By the numbers this guy is Hall of Famer no question, but does his skill set fit in with the needs of the Panthers. In short no. Any team in the NFL has Steve Smith as the number 1 over Owens. So that means he would most likely fill the role of recently retired Muhammad. Moose was very a unselfish possesion receiver. While having the longest receiving TD in Super Bowl history, he never was guy who stretched the field. The skill set that kept him in the league so long was probably his ability to help block in the run game and make the over the middle sacrifice. TO has not shown the ability to do either of these things consistently in his very impressive career. The panthers spent three draft picks on WR this year. Brandon Lafell from LSU was drafted with these physical tools in mind. It is clear the Panthers plan to address this issue with the youth movement. With this strategyy already in place why would you go out and get an over the hill over priced player like TO. With the comitment to the run game and the blocking that would be requested,the unstable QB position, why would he want to come here? This would be a even less of fit than Buffalo was last year. If the move was made it would send a clear signal to Panther Nation that Fox and Hurney are desperate to save their jobs, and mix signals to the locker room that is already dealing with loss of most of their leaders. I don't buy the arguement Owens is too much of a distraction. Most WR are premadonnas in this league. His style of play simply does not fit our needs. But Panther fans should take comfort that this cap room we now possess will give us room to resign the plethora of young talent we are beginning to hord. I think most realize that the Panthers are rebuilding and are happy to see us commit to the future and not just the right now. Good luck to Owens, I am sure someone will go down before the season starts, but he is not coming to Carolina as long as Jerry Richardson is running things.