The Carolina Panthers have signed two players currently on injured reserve to contract extensions. The Panthers made the moves in late November, but never officially announced that offensive lineman Garry Williams was signed to a two-year extension and tight end Gary Barnidge was signed to a one-year extension.
Williams was given a $400,000 signing bonus. He’s scheduled to make $550,000, plus a $100,000 workout bonus in 2012. In 2013, his salary will rise to $900,000 with a $100,000 workout bonus.
Barnidge was given a $50,000 signing bonus. He’s scheduled to make $615,000 next season and also can collect a $25,000 workout bonus.
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With Gary Williams locked up, what does this mean for the future of Carolina's OL if Anything
A. Panthers view him a potential Starter at ROT or LOT down the road, either as an upgrade over Bryon Bell or understudy for Jordan Gross. He might have a future as a starter, at LOT and has a chance to be eased into if Gross can keep play for several more years.
B. Panthers believe his can switch in side to be a future at either RG or Lg. I don't think this is possible given his size, (6-3, 296)
C. He is just depth/insurance on Bryon Bell not progressing and Otah never healing.
Impact on the Future: He might be the answer for depth at LOT, meaning the panthers can focus on either resigning Geoff Schwartz or Geoff Hangartner...or drafting a RG or LG. While many people think the panthers should draft defense (DT) defense (LB) defense (DB), with good reason, I think it might be time to invest a third or even first rounder on our o-line considering they protect the most important player and the age on the left side (31 and 32) and injury on the right (Otah and Schwartz).
A. Our replecement for J. Shockey. Possible as the panthers could go with Hartsock and Oslen with Gary at the number two
B. Will be welcomed back in as the third TE in the rotation after panthers resign Shockey
I think the panthers let shockey go somewhere else, unless that can keep him here cheaply, when considering the whole on the OL and Defense
What are you thoughts??
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