Panther Paw Prints: Buyer's Market Edition

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Here's the latest Panther related links from around the interwebs, in no particular order

I think my dream of Star Lotulelei falling to us is dead with his Pro Day performance and cleared medical evaluation. His former DC has nothing but praise for him:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Star Lotulelei's talent, work ethic make him stand out
"If you watch the USC game, he wanted to match up with C Khaled Holmes and focus on him one-on-one," Sitake said. "There are times when you feel like you are comfortable with Star lining up at zero (technique, lined up directly over the center) and you put him there. There is tons of film of him playing at zero up the nose and there’s a lot of film of him playing at the DE position. "Will he make a lot of plays at end? Probably not. His job was to collapse the pocket and take blocks to help the other guys get open."

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Utes football notebook: Kalani Sitake has plenty of praise for Star Lotulelei | Deseret News
"He’s going to be a real good NFL player. There’s a reason why guys can’t write him off," Sitake said. "All you have to do is watch the film. He’s a dominant force and when he wants to be, he’ll be the best player on the field." Although an abnormal echocardiogram prevented Lotulelei from participating in drills at last month’s NFL scouting combine, the 6-foot-3, 314-pound defensive tackle has been re-tested at University Hospital and was cleared to show what he can do for the 30 scouts and coaches who made the trip to see him in Utah. Rockmonster unplugged: Location, location, location Lotulelei didn’t disappoint. The potential No. 1 overall draft pick had 38 reps on the bench press, a vertical jump of 30 inches, as well reported times of 5.31 in the 40, 4.65 in the short shuttle and 7.76 in the three-cone drill.

I think trading DeAngelo for a late round pick should be one of those trades we don't pull the trigger on:

NFL Trade Rumors – DeAngelo Williams to the... | Gather
CBS Sports has reported that head coach Ron Rivera is looking to move one of their running backs and DeAngelo Williams is tops on that list. The 29-year-old is set to make over $8 million next season and with the Panthers struggling to find cap space, moving the veteran is in the best interest of the franchise. Several teams around the league could use a running back that has over 5,700 career rushing yards and 49 touchdowns, but few teams have the money to make such a deal. One franchise that has the need and money is Green Bay and Williams would make a great fit in a Packers uniform.

I'd rather have the player.

Panthers doing community service:

Carolina Panthers player to attend car show to benefit cancer victim - Local - Gaston Gazette

Why go? In addition to seeing the classic cars, performance vehicles, trucks and imports, meet Jordan Gross of the Carolina Panthers and participate in a silent auction, games and drawings for cash prizes. A barbecue lunch will also be available.

Seems like Gross' kind of occasion.

Chud speaks about his former QB, and keeps it humble:

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton will eventually shed ‘running QB’ label, Rob Chudzinski says | CharlotteObserver.com
"The thing it came down to with Cam was just knowing, here’s a guy like a lot of college guys are now in a spread system that run some of these things and haven’t been in pro-style systems," Chudzinski said. "If you wanted to get them on the field to get experience, you would need to transition them to be able to be a standard, pro-style quarterback. So there was a need to blend these offenses together so that you could transition them. It hadn’t been done really before." Chudzinski met with Gus Malzahn, then Auburn’s offensive coordinator and now the Tigers’ head coach. A couple of the Panthers’ assistant coaches had experience with running packages for quarterbacks, although not as extensive as the read option. "Some of those things were going on in the Wildcat," Chudzinski said. "I didn’t invent any of that stuff."

"The bottom line is it’s a buyer’s market." - Dave Gettleman

Dave Gettleman: Carolina Panthers will be ‘thoughtful, methodical’ in free agency | CharlotteObserver.com
"The bottom line is it’s a buyer’s market. We get that. But at the same time we want to be respectful and you don’t want anybody in your building that’s upset over getting a low number," Gettleman said. "We’re just trying to be thoughtful and a little bit – maybe for some, too methodical. But we’re going to be thoughtful and methodical about how we operate."

The Panthers made offers to two defensive starters – cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards – the players viewed as unsatisfactory. Munnerlyn, who started 25 games over the past two seasons, was offered a 3-year deal worth about $5 million, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Munnerlyn became a bigger priority with the release of Gamble, the nine-year veteran who retired three days after being cut. Munnerlyn’s agent was scheduled to talk with the Panthers again Monday night, the source said.

Gettleman said he thought the Panthers had a "puncher’s chance," to re-sign Edwards and Munnerlyn. Gettleman would not discuss the contract status of veteran left tackle Jordan Gross, who was asked to take a pay cut to help the Panthers’ cap situation. Gettleman said it was awkward cutting Anderson and Gamble because he did not know either player.

By cutting Anderson, the Panthers are putting their faith in veteran linebacker Jon Beason, who has been limited to five games due to injuries since signing a five-year, $51.5 million contract extension two years ago. Gettleman said he is confident Beason, who is coming off knee and shoulder surgeries, will hold up for a season. "We’re pleased with his progress. He’s working extremely hard. He’s a professional, and he wants to play," Gettleman said. "At the end of the day Jon Beason’s a football player. That’s what he wants. He’s working very hard at his rehab and we’re very confident that he’ll be fine."

Signing Florence gives the Panthers a 10-year veteran to mentor young corners Josh Thomas and Josh Norman. Florence, who has 99 career starts, was a starter for the Lions last season before breaking his arm against San Francisco in Week 2 and missing the next seven games. Gettleman said the addition of Florence helps prevent a "position disaster," a phrase he learned from former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi.

"This is not to disparage the ability of Josh Thomas and Josh Norman, it’s just Drayton Florence is a veteran who knows how to play the game," Gettleman said. "He’s a big corner. He can play the nickel. He can still run. He’s tough. Last year he played a game, broke his arm and came back and finished the game."

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