Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports is reporting that the Panthers will likely sign Charger/Cardinal Antoine Cason in the next few days. After alternating between RCB and NB for three years for the San Diego Chargers, Cason was virtually invisible last season with the Cardinals, aside from a splashy INT return for a TD.
The six year vet has prototypical cornerback size (6-1, 195), long arms, plus he offers as much in the return game as any other CB on the market. Cason has the tools, but he's struggled to find consistency since being picked in the first round in the 2008 draft. Right now Cason looks to be a shoe in at LCB -- which is usually the #1 guy -- unless another veteran is signed or a high draft pick is spent on the position.
The Panthers are also rumored to be looking at other veteran CBs. According to profootballtalk.com, (via Mike Garafolo) the Panthers brought in CB Terrell Thomas for a visit Tuesday. The 29 year-old corner played fairly well last season for the Giants, registering 67 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and he returned his lone interception 65 yards.
Much like our own Thomas Davis, Terrell Thomas has struggled with ACL injuries (three of them, in fact), missing all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He appears to be healthy now, having played in all 16 games last season. The 6-foot 200lbs veteran left Charlotte without a deal, and is reportedly visiting the Oakland Raiders today -- who need to sign more players just to reach the cap floor.
With the smattering of free agents general manager David Gettleman has brought in so far, it's clear he is open to filling positions with the best possible 'fit.' Obviously there is not a regimented plan in place to only draft receivers, for example, or to only sign veteran offensive lineman.
The Panthers' offseason 'plan' is still very much a mystery, but it looks like Gettleman and company are trying their best to open themselves up to every possibility, which in turn affords them the ability to pick the best available players in the draft.