I promise I won’t play this card too often. But having covered the Panthers for a year or two (OK, 14), let me clear this one up.
The Panthers are not interested in Burress.
Not for the league minimum. Not to compete for a job in camp. Not at all.
That’s not new or according to a source with knowledge of the situation, or anything like that. Just a fact. (Although I may have a source or two there, and they’re usually fairly incredulous every time this comes up).
The answer is no.
There are several things at work here, not the least of which is they have a young receiver they really like in Brandon LaFell.
Somehow, the Panthers have become a bit of a clearinghouse for vets looking for work to float as a possibility. Maybe it’s because in the old days, they’d throw money around a bit more than they do now (Keyshawn Johnson and the $6 million in parting gifts). Maybe it’s because Charlotte’s a fairly righteous place to live (Former Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner called it “The Married Man’s Paradise” and I kind of agree).
And before anyone asks, they’re not interested in trading for Percy Harvin, or any other such receiver-related transaction. Back in my old job, I had to swat this one away a dozen times, whether it was Randy Moss or T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
But today, it’s Burress. And the answer’s still no.