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Friday, March 2, 2007

Two potential visits?

Various outlets on the internet are reporting that S Ken Hamlin and LB Kawika Mitchell are visiting.

The sources, all apparently stemming from one mention, are suggesting that the team "sent a jet" to get them.

Going on assumptions that the rumors are true, Hamlin is as good a safety as is available. A natural fit at strong safety, Hamlin is the best option available for the Panthers' scheme, assuming the team wants to keep incumbent safety Mike Minter at FS.

The Charlotte.com rumor going around is that the team is consulting with Minter over available safeties to "see who he'd like to play with."

Mitchell is only an option at inside linebacker, but does well in the role. A squatty, stout defender, Mitchell excels at playing the run and has occasionally shown promise in other areas. Starting 50 of 64 games, and a streak running from November 04 on, Mitchell is a curious choice for Carolina to possibly pursue.

With Na'il Diggs on board, the team already has a stocky player outside, and while Dan Morgan's inconsistent and relatively unlikely to make a half season's worth of games, Mitchell is a genuine starter and might not be looking to play second-fiddle to Morgan while waiting for the other shoe to drop.
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