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Report: Panthers have had preliminary talks on Trai Turner extension

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Both of the Panthers’ starting guards are heading into the final year of their contracts and the team has reportedly had some talks about an extension with one of them.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the team has had preliminary conversations with right guard Trai Turner about a new deal. Turner has started every game for Carolina over the last two seasons and has been selected to the Pro Bowl after both of them.

Turner is heading toward free agency at a moment when salaries for guards are on the upswing. Players like Kevin Zeitler, Joel Bitonio, David DeCastro, Kelechi Osemele and Kyle Long have all signed deals averaging at least $10 million a season in the last couple of years, something that Giants guard Justin Pugh said makes him feel good when considering his own impending free agency.

Turner should feel the same way. Those numbers are still well below the franchise tag, which doesn’t separate guards from tackles, so Turner, who doesn’t turn 24 until June 14, is likely looking at a long-term deal with the Panthers or a chance to hit the open market at a prime moment.

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2 Responses to “Report: Panthers have had preliminary talks on Trai Turner extension”
  1. morbidtaint says: Jun 3, 2017 5:08 AM

    I don’t know if there’s a surplus of good guards in the league, but Turner has been a great guard who’s come in and done everything right since day one. I imagine he’ll get paid the max for whatever guards are making and it will be deserved. Keep him in Carolina!!!

  2. jgedgar70 says: Jun 5, 2017 12:44 PM

    Excellent player who is a team guy, filling in admirably last year when we completely ran out of tackles. PAY DA MAN!

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