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Panthers sign a pair of linebackers

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The Carolina Panthers continue to spend the money they won’t have to spend on first overall pick Cam Newton.

And then some.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the team has agreed to terms with linebackers Thomas Davis and James Anderson (pictured) on five-year deals.

Anderson, a five-year veteran, was a full-time starter for the first time in 2010.  A six-year veteran, Davis tore an ACL midway through the 2009 season.  He tore it again during offseason workouts last June.  Per Person, G.M. Marty Hurney said that the team believes Davis is in great physical condition.

As to the rash of new deals, Hurney explained that the team’s decision to dump contracts during the 2010 uncapped year has helped them obtain the cap space to splurge.

Next for the Panthers?  According to Person, it will be linebacker Jon Beason and center Ryan Kalil.

“Our philosophy has been and will be core players,” Hurney said.

Based on all these deals, they’ve got plenty of core players.  The next question is whether the core players can produce more than two wins.

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23 Responses to “Panthers sign a pair of linebackers”
  1. offsideburns says: Jul 27, 2011 5:06 PM

    Good for the Panthers.

  2. phillychzstk2012 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:07 PM

    dang. i was hoping the Eagles would land James Anderson

  3. brintfatre says: Jul 27, 2011 5:07 PM

    They are waiting for Manning to sign his deal so they can make Newton the highest paid player…

  4. hines86for6 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:08 PM

    I must say, I like seeing a small market team really going out there and spending the cheese on their own good players.

  5. panther17 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:08 PM

    I hope Thomas Davis contract is full of incentives. Great LB. Back to back ACL tears is scary though.

  6. onebadace says: Jul 27, 2011 5:09 PM

    Why not go after Sidney Rice?

  7. brewdogg says: Jul 27, 2011 5:13 PM

    Wow…. Commitment to defense, I guess. You’d think they’d be looking for toys for Newton to play with, but I like letting take his lumps without them and building the D up.

  8. britishraven says: Jul 27, 2011 5:17 PM

    Has anyone outside of Charlotte heard of those two LB’s?

  9. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jul 27, 2011 5:19 PM

    Panthers spending money like the government.

  10. baous says: Jul 27, 2011 5:25 PM

    I like what the Panthers are doing, using money they’re saving from Cam to keep their players, but shelling out 42 mill for the oft-injured DeAngelo, and 12 mill for a kicker is a bit redonkulous..

  11. green18blue52 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:33 PM


    “Redonkulous” should be reserved for referring to an extremely attractive female for example…

    “Kate Upton is just effin redonkulous”

  12. CKL says: Jul 27, 2011 5:33 PM

    And they haven’t signed one guy on the downside of their careers.
    Anderson is a nice player, really came on strong the past two years.
    Davis before he was hurt was really ballin’. He took awhile to find a position but he’s been great @ OLB.
    Beason and Kalil are very good and I am sure they will get done also.

  13. detruthhurts says: Jul 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    These are the same players who finished 2-14 last year, right………Really?

  14. whatswiththehate says: Jul 27, 2011 6:16 PM

    I wonder if Blaine Gabbert was QB first pick would you PFT folks be all gleeful..Something tells me NOT..

  15. jdd428 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:35 PM

    Yeah, they went 2-14 with a rash of injuries, a coach who was mailing it in because he knew he was leaving and a Jimmy Clausen at QB. So last year’s record is irrelevant to wanting to bring back the core players. That said, they need to spend on upgrading at WR.

  16. rodgerthat says: Jul 27, 2011 6:48 PM

    Hey green18blue52 thanks for the Kate tip….Wow never heard of her before but wow! That is the best PFT piost all year!

  17. alanboy395 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:54 PM

    detruthhurts says: Jul 27, 2011 5:55 PM
    These are the same players who finished 2-14 last year, right………Really?

    The same players who were the strongest part of the Panthers last year. Everything else didn’t play up to par but the LBs played absolutely solid. Thomas Davis I’m uneasy about but if he can be near the player he was becoming before blowing the ACLs that is a good signing.

    One really bad season and people want to compare the Panthers to the Raiders and Redskins? Whatever.

  18. bucks4ever13 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:56 PM

    Just wait… if they can get anything close to solid out of the QB position and hopefully upgrade with a receiver and corner, they will be much better than the 2-14 record of a year ago. jdd428 has it right. Happy to see that Double Trouble is going to stick together.

  19. bucfevernva says: Jul 27, 2011 7:07 PM


  20. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 27, 2011 7:15 PM

    A pair of linebackers to go with your pair of wins

  21. madenatewell says: Jul 27, 2011 7:31 PM

    What people aren’t sayingvis a lot of these players were banged up because the defense was on the field so long…I think the panthers are wayy better than a 2-14 team…also when you’re playing fir a coach who has it out for management, it just doesn’t work.

  22. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 27, 2011 7:57 PM

    Im a raiders fan and even I’m not as delusional as these panther fans. You were an awful team. 2 wins? 2 wins? JaMarcus Russell lead raiders won 5 games in a season! Your in a tough divison (atl, tampa, NO) your have zero chance of playoffs or wildcard in NFC. This year is to install your new offense and defense and let jimmy and cam duke it out. I will be nice= 6 wins.

  23. pantherguy344 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:22 PM

    “Your have zero chance of playoffs or wild card in nfc”? Is Al Davis giving grammar classes to Raiders fans now? Does he even know he owns a team anymore?

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