Like most of you, I enjoy Cat Scratch Reader immensely, and find it to be the absolute best source for Panthers news and analysis, bar none. It is my "one stop shop" for Panthers news when I don’t have the time to hunt around for myself, and I appreciate every piece that has been written for our beloved Panthers. Still, when I have the time I can’t keep from chomping at the bit for more Panthers news; so I find myself scouring the web for some scrap of reliable information. As I randomly click around the Internet, searching for some shred of Panthers entertainment, I tend to make a pit stop at Pat Yasinskas’ NFC South blog. He’s as in touch with the Panthers as any of the main stream outlets pretend to be, so it’s a normal stop for me.
Today, I read a little blurb about the Saints. Something about Drew Brees crying again about bounty garbage (gag), and then a quick note on the signing of the Saints first draft pick. That little note caught my eye because, as many of you are well aware, the Panthers signed all of their draft picks 49 days ago. That is not a typo… forty-nine days.
That’s forty-nine days that our rookies have been able to stop worrying about contract issues and focus on football. Forty-nine days of feeling like they belong to this team, and can move forward as a team. Forty-nine days that Marty Hurney has been planning with the coaching staff for using our fairly substantial cap space, either this year or the next. And forty-nine days that every Saints player in an interview has had to answer some question about their little issue.
It’s more than that though.
It’s a subtle representation of just how classy this organization is, and of the type of players that they bring in to don the black and blue. The type of players that want to play football, not squabble over bonuses and contract structure. It’s an organization that doesn’t mind paying more than market value for their veterans, because they want to put the negotiations behind them. While some would say this is a foolish way to run a franchise, I would argue that those same people only see the dollar value of these types of moves and not the added value. If you want to see just a speck of the added value, reread the paragraph above concerning these past forty-nine days.
We talk about the intangibles that a football player brings to the table. Well, Panthers faithful, I see some pretty special intangibles in the Panthers franchise itself. That’s why I’ll be a fan for life, and can’t wait until the Panthers bring home their first championship, and beyond.