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Panthers unlikely to trade top pick

Jerry Richardson, John Fox

The press conference of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was instructive, even if you discount his eye-opening statements on the collective bargaining agreement.  Richardson explained a lot of about the 2010 Panthers, and where they will go in 2011.

On the No. 1 Pick: Richardson said the team was unlikely to trade out of the spot.  “We’re looking for someone that can be a top-flight player and hopefully make us a better team,” Richardson said via the Charlotte Observer.

(Translation: Hi Andrew.  We’re planning to take you.)

On why they made a coaching change: “The facts are in nine years we had three winning seasons and we failed to have two winning seasons back-to-back,” Richardson said.

On John Fox’s final season: Richardson indicated the team didn’t fire him and his staff because they didn’t want to eat $11.4 million.

“You know, we are running a business here,” Richardson said. “And people don’t like to see their ticket prices go up.”

Richardson noted they had one of the highest paid staffs in the league.  Richardson also said the team cut a lot of veterans, so that Fox couldn’t fall back on playing old guys instead of the team’s young talent.

On the next Panthers coach: Richardson confirmed they will go after an NFL assistant coach.   Jim Harbaugh isn’t a candidate.

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33 Responses to “Panthers unlikely to trade top pick”
  1. profootballwalk says: Jan 4, 2011 3:27 PM

    Andrew Luck has 50 million reasons to come out in this draft.

  2. Davo says: Jan 4, 2011 3:29 PM

    Don’t worry, I’m sure the Patriots will give your 2nd round pick (#33) a good auction in the overnight after the 1st round.

  3. kellyb9 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:34 PM

    Unless you’re taking a QB, the first pick is more of a curse than a benefit. They are also out a second round pick. I would almost always trade out of this pick and give myself some more picks later on down the road.

  4. dilberry says: Jan 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    If someone offers them enough picks, they’ll listen. However no one will offer them that many for a unproven rookie, even though he is close to a sure thing.

  5. dirksimmons says: Jan 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    I think it would be interesting if they got Jim Harbaugh and then drafted Andrew Luck. Think those two would go well together?

  6. jlawless87 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:42 PM

    @kellyb9 – i would totally agree with the trade down strategy here IF the Panthers hadn’t wasted last years second round pick on JC (and no that does not stand for the son of Mary and Joseph). The Panthers need to obtain more draft picks true, but not by giving up Andrew Luck. IF Luck does not enter the draft then i would absolutely trade the number one pick for more later picks.

  7. pastabelly says: Jan 4, 2011 3:43 PM

    Andrew Luck should just come out and say that he is returning to school unless Carolina trades this pick. What a horrible franchise.

  8. gazivicious says: Jan 4, 2011 3:54 PM

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    kellyb9 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:34 PM

    Unless you’re taking a QB, the first pick is more of a curse than a benefit. They are also out a second round pick. I would almost always trade out of this pick and give myself some more picks later on down the road.

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    No one cares what you would do with your Madden franchise mode.

  9. cappa662 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:55 PM

    Panthers season ticket holders should sue. They gave up on the season before it ever began. That’s disgusting.

  10. halftermguv says: Jan 4, 2011 3:55 PM

    A trade for more picks went out the window after Andrew Luck destroyed VT last night. Shell out some money for Bill Cowher and you’ll get the fans back with sellouts. Still a good core of players just poor prep by the coaching staff.

  11. herokravon says: Jan 4, 2011 3:58 PM

    Panthers will be the worst team again next season so Andy Luck you may as well say buh-bye to Palo Alto now.

  12. skoobyfl says: Jan 4, 2011 3:59 PM

    I call BS & think they will not take Luck, so why not field offers for him?

  13. 1historian says: Jan 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    my pats have 7 picks in the 1st 4 rounds – 3 of the 1st 33 picks, 22 1st and 2nd year players on this year’s 53 man squad, the best record in the NFL, home field all the way to the SB, 2 rookie TE starters, 2 rookie LBs, a rookie in the defensive backfield with a ton of picks, and I know this ain’t gonna last forever so I just wanna crow a little bit about it now.

    Kraft is a GREAT owner but his habit of hosting donald trump leaves me a little cold. Of course if he were to summon the cojones to tweak donald’s rug and make it fall off ON NATIONAL TV that would go a LONG way toward redemption.

  14. zack18257 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:14 PM

    clausen looked terrible in the 2 games i watched him play (against falcons). i wonder what they will do with him if they draft luck.

  15. kidder95 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:16 PM

    Rumor is that Richardson is in talks with groups in LA. The thought is to sell by 2012.

    Just a rumor, probably wrong, but I would not be surprised.

    God might have told him to fire John Fox for all we know.

  16. kellyb9 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:23 PM

    @gazivicious – My Madden franchise mode would take the Panthers to a winning season… even on all-madden

  17. patmcrotch says: Jan 4, 2011 4:29 PM

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    pastabelly says: Jan 4, 2011 3:43 PM

    Andrew Luck should just come out and say that he is returning to school unless Carolina trades this pick. What a horrible franchise.

    1 really bad season in 9 years does not make a horrible franchise. If this is the case, then you should also call them one of the greatest franchises since they made it to the Super Bowl once.

    I would consider myself lucky (not intended to be funny) if I had the option to be a first round pick and it happened to be a middle of the road team holding the first pick. The Panthers aren’t a team that has a top 5 pick every year. They had a fluke bad season.

  18. jackofnotrades says: Jan 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    hard to believe this team was in the ’03 superbowl..wtf happened?!

  19. huskersrock1 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:48 PM

    Until Luck has declared they should make it clear they plan on drafting him and paying him.

    Once he has declared and hired an agent they will be free to offer the pick to the highest bidder or take him if they so choose.

  20. gazivicious says: Jan 4, 2011 4:51 PM

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    jackofnotrades says: Jan 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    hard to believe this team was in the ’03 superbowl..wtf happened?!

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    They did not draft a QB worth a damn. That’s what happened. Now it’s time to correct those mistakes.

  21. gazivicious says: Jan 4, 2011 4:52 PM

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    kellyb9 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:23 PM

    @gazivicious – My Madden franchise mode would take the Panthers to a winning season… even on all-madden

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    Good. I’m gonna go get laid now

  22. thenewwisewoo says: Jan 4, 2011 4:53 PM

    @halftermguv

    Panthers still sold out every game this season, regardless of the coach – and they have sold out every game since the 2002 Season. Cowher isn’t necessary for that.

  23. crackills says: Jan 4, 2011 4:53 PM

    If Luck does not come out(he’d be dumb not too), no one will want Panthers #1 pic.

  24. borisbulldog says: Jan 4, 2011 5:22 PM

    Wher’s those low IQ Plainther fans that said Richardson isn’t cheap?

    Read this quote and see why he’s the tightest owner next to Mike Brown-

    “Richardson has presided over cost-cutting in the past year with the Panthers. He oversaw the purge of numerous veterans with few experienced players brought in to replace them. He acknowledged Tuesday he didn’t let coach John Fox go after last season in part because he and his staff made a combined $11.4 million this season”

  25. enkinan says: Jan 4, 2011 5:27 PM

    “And people don’t like to see their ticket prices go up.”

    Yeah, but if you keep having two win seasons nobody is going to care anyway, they will just stop coming to games.

    This guy seems like a real turd. I’m a Falcons fan that loves to hate Carolina, but I just feel bad for them now. I can’t help but wonder now if he is just running it into the ground to move the franchise to LA.

  26. lowleadman says: Jan 4, 2011 5:32 PM

    The Redskins trade McNabb, Haynesworth and their #1 (10) to move up to Carolina’s spot and take Luck. The Panthers get a proven qb, a potential force in the middle of their defense and the 10th pick. They suck and will need more than one player to turn it around. Ratface gets his qb.

    Too bad Carolina traded their 2nd rd pick to, ha ha, New England. That’s pick #33, or the first pick of day 2. The rich get richer. The dumb get dumber.

  27. randolph32 says: Jan 4, 2011 6:30 PM

    Ron Rivera will be the new Head Coach, book it…

  28. catman72 says: Jan 4, 2011 6:32 PM

    borisbulldog says:
    Jan 4, 2011 5:22 PM
    Wher’s those low IQ Plainther fans that said Richardson isn’t cheap?

    That’s easy to say when it isn’t your 11 million dollars… that’s not being cheap, it’s being fiscally responsible. I’m betting your a Cowboys or Skins fan?

  29. nfl4ever says: Jan 4, 2011 6:57 PM

    lowleadman says:
    Jan 4, 2011 5:32 PM
    The Redskins trade McNabb, Haynesworth and their #1 (10) to move up to Carolina’s spot and take Luck. The Panthers get a proven qb, a potential force in the middle of their defense and the 10th pick. They suck and will need more than one player to turn it around. Ratface gets his qb
    ———————————————————
    To move from #10 to #1 is a big jump, 1700 points according to the draft value chart. To make your deal work the Redskins would have to throw in#1 next year and their #2 this year. McNabb and Haynesworth do not have a lot of trade value.

    http://www.draftcountdown.com/features/Value-Chart.php

    If I’m Denver I offer the 2nd overall pick and Tebow to Carolina for the #1 and 3rd round pick, that’s a win-win!

  30. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 4, 2011 6:58 PM

    @ jackofnotrades

    They went to the SB 7 years ago. That’s an eternity in this era. We have teams like the Dolphins and nearly the Rams winning their divisions following 1-15 seasons. We have teams like the Cardinals, Cowboys, and Bengals going from division winners to picking in the top ten the next year. Things fluctuate year-to-year, let alone over 7 years… unless you are Indy or NE.

    @gazivicious

    It’s much more than just drafting a QB. That team stinks top to bottom. Just two years ago Delhomme led them to a 12-4 record. There was no reason to believe that they even needed a QB until Delhomme lost it last season. And they did draft the best QB available (or so everyone thought) in the draft last year.

    And yes, all you NE fans… that trade last year by Carolina (this years 2nd rounder for last years 3rd rounder) was pretty retarded. Especially considering they took Armanti “QB/WR/RB/DE/K/Whatever the hell he is” Edwards

  31. fightinmad35 says: Jan 4, 2011 7:10 PM

    Carolina has a lot of needs. Clausen looked bad as a rookie but who was he throwing to? Steve Smith missed alot of games, both stud running backs missed extensive time, Dwayne Jarrett?? really??. Can’t blame Clausen alone for these struggles. Luck looks like a stud but Carolina has massive needs, especially at the skill positions. I’d trade the pick for hopefully multiple high round picks and upgrade the overall talent on the team.

  32. hammerhead9 says: Jan 4, 2011 7:37 PM

    It’s so funny listening to all the haters come out when it appears you’re going to get something they covet. The Panthers won’t trade this pick because as Jerry Richardson said in the press conference they need a “face of the franchise.” If Luck comes out they will draft him and not trade him for any of the Madden type trades anyone on here is suggesting. Put the controller down and step into the real world. As for anyone who says this franchise is a disaster. When is the last time your team was in the Super Bowl? Carolina was in the Super Bowl in the 2003-2004 season and was a kickoff out of bounds from winning it.

  33. kevinfromphilly says: Jan 5, 2011 8:36 AM

    Hey, if the rookie wage scale comes to pass, they’d be nuts to trade the pick.

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