Trai Turner and Panthers could be at contract impasse, according to report

Streeter Lecka

The Panthers third round pick hasn't signed on the dotted line, now the question is "why?"

Carolina Panthers third round draft pick Trai Turner is important. It's not simply because he was a day two selection who the team believes in, but rather because there's a very real possibility he could start at right guard for the team in 2014. Before he reaches that point Turner needs to begin work in training camp, which is where there could be a problem.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that a deal between Turner and the Panthers "isn't even close," refuting earlier information that he has already signed. It's curious to hear reports of friction between a mid-round pick and a team, particularly after the rookie pay scale went into effect in the league's last CBA.

It's important to realize these are early days and there's plenty of time. A lack of signing could be as complicated as offset language or simply logistics not putting both parties in a place to get ink on paper. Either way there simply isn't enough information to really know what's happening one way or another.

We expect Turner will be signed and ready to compete during the first day of training camp, but this is a situation to monitor to see if anything evolves in the coming days.

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