Ajirotutu, yeah... he's big. Good luck getting #89 though young fella. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Carolina Panthers ensured today that my life as a writer wouldn't be easy in 2011 as they claimed WR Seyi Ajirotutu off waivers from San Diego. The 6'3", 211 lb receiver was an undrafted free agent in 2010, and seemed to be a lock to make the roster this year in the bay based on his special team skill alone where he showed an aptitude for being a gunner. In 2010 Seyi caught 13 passes for 262 yards and 2 TD, so like David Clowney he is a deep threat, big play WR who can help more on special teams.
I mention Clowney because he was one of the five cuts this afternoon, joining Everette Brown, Kevin Payne, Thomas Keiser and Bryant Browning as players who failed to make the final cut. The Panthers have already been linked to DE Alex Brown, which would explain the two DE cuts, I have a feeling Thomas Keiser will make the practice squad along with DB Kendric Burney who seemed to indicate he'll be on the PS via twitter.
The release of guard Bryant Browning should foreshadow a move about to be made at the position, leaving the Panthers with just three guards currently on the roster, Travelle Wharton, Mackenzy Bernardeau and Byron Bell.
The signing of Marcus Harrison won't really move the needle much, nor should it. It's extremely unlikely the Panthers will start Harrison in any capacity, and it's more likely they view him as an upgrade over Nick Hayden or Corvey Irvin who were cut yesterday, and he is. I think we'll need to wait a few more days for the veteran signings to get a sense which direction they're headed there.
UPDATE: It appears Josh Vaughan is also returning to the practice squad as he tweeted:
Back to Carolina on practice squad. The mission is still on!!!
Tip of the hat to 'jamiedk' for bringing this to my attention