Under the tutelage of quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr., Pat White is looking to return to the NFL, and will work out for teams at West Virginia's pro day. It's unlikely any team will be willing to have him compete as a starter, making Carolina and White perfect bedfellows.
The Carolina Panthers need another quarterback. With Derek Anderson almost assured to be leaving for Cleveland, it leaves the team in a lurch. Do they lean on a poor schematic match in Jimmy Clausen, or do they roll the dice on a late-round quarterback in the draft? The Panthers are doomed if Cam Newton goes down, make no mistake, but given the options they could do a lot worse that Pat White. Without the money to spend, or draft picks to spare -- a minimum contract could not only give the team a quarterback who fits their offensive sensibilities, but one who could add an interesting wrinkle to the offense.
There are plenty of prospects for the Panthers to take long looks at WVU's pro day. Headlined by wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, it offers a built-in opportunity to scout White while in town. The George Whitfield link is there, the read-option link is there, the mobile quarterback is there -- perhaps other teams will be able to offer White more promises of playing time, but no organization can give him a better chance to showcase his skills preseason than the Carolina Panthers.
It's easy to forget that Pat White was Cam Newton before the world was ready for Cam Newton. He didn't have the arm strength, or the raw physical prowess that Newton has -- but despite only being an average passer, he more than made up for it with his legs; running for over 4,000 yards during his college career, he was one of the most effective dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation.
The money, and the fit make sense. This is a no-brainer for the Panthers to give White a cheap, two-year deal and groom him in this offense, either as a long-term backup, or future trade bait.