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Gary Barnidge pausing search for new team, may visit Jags and Panthers

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Tight end Gary Barnidge visited with the Bills on Wednesday and his next stop will be to see several colts, but he won’t be in Indianapolis.

Barnidge is pausing his search for a new team and going to Louisville for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that once Barnidge is done watching the ponies, he may visit with the Jaguars and Panthers.

The Panthers were Barnidge’s first NFL stop after they drafted him in the fifth round of the 2008 draft and he spent four years in Carolina before moving on to Cleveland. He played in all but one game during his time with the Panthers, but didn’t get much work as a receiver with 18 catches over that span.

He would give Cam Newton another weapon on offense after the arrival of running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel in the draft. Carolina has Greg Olsen at tight end as well, of course, while Jacksonville currently has Marcedes Lewis and Mychal Rivera at the top of their depth chart. Barnidge has shown more as a receiver the last couple of years, which might be appealing as they try to build up a team that can win now.

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10 Responses to “Gary Barnidge pausing search for new team, may visit Jags and Panthers”
  1. jags32250 says: May 3, 2017 6:03 PM

    Get him Caldwell!

  2. swagjag says: May 3, 2017 6:34 PM

    It ain’t just meth that comes out of Middleburg. Come home Gary!

  3. paulus72blog says: May 3, 2017 6:48 PM

    Gary Barnidge is a class act and I hope he lands somewhere that can maximize his talents. I was surprised and disappointed the Browns let him go.

  4. goodtogo28 says: May 3, 2017 7:48 PM

    teams like the giants and cardinals should give him a look as well. both eli and carson can use a big target like barnidge specially in the red zone.

  5. ftrupo says: May 3, 2017 8:51 PM

    He will be a Bill.

  6. wrlegrand says: May 3, 2017 9:36 PM

    The Panthers actually make a lot of sense here. He is a good blocker, and would be another safety valve for Newton. I’m sure he wants a fair deal, so it will be interesting to see who offers the most/best fit.

  7. walker1191 says: May 3, 2017 10:14 PM

    paulus72blog says:
    May 3, 2017 6:48 PM

    I was surprised and disappointed the Browns let him go.
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    Me too. Makes no sense. The guy can play, and you’d think they would want some veteran presence.

  8. imodan says: May 3, 2017 10:19 PM

    ftrupo says:
    May 3, 2017 8:51 PM
    He will be a Bill.
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    Pretty sure he’ll stay a Gary.

  9. 2qswing says: May 4, 2017 10:35 AM

    I was surprised and disappointed the Browns let him go.

    Ditto for me. I guess they figured they drafted a 1st round TE and injuries never happen in the NFL.

  10. jgedgar70 says: May 4, 2017 10:53 AM

    Of the teams mentioned, the Panthers are closer to a championship run, depending on how good this new offense is. A two TE set with Barnidge & Olsen, with McCaffrey in the backfield and Benjamin or Funchess and Samuel at WR would be a lot of fun to watch.

    I’m sure he wants to start, as he’s proven he can. The Jags would make the most sense. He’s much better than their TEs.

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