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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Jenkins Trade Unlikely; Moorehead re-signed

ESPN's John Clayton reports that the team will keep Kris Jenkins available, but it's more and more likely that the star DT stays with the Panthers. After receiving interest from the Chiefs and Rams, interest has waned. The team will likely listen to offers until the draft.

After shopping him, the rumor likely came out as interest wanted on one side or the other. Chances are, any potential dealings would've come before the rumor even leaked, and the team is now faced with having some of its internal business aired against their wishes. Expected to want a second round pick, it's uncertain the team would receive that for Jenkins, and it's not likely that he'll go for less. Whether there's any motivational aspect to the rumor is unlikely, but it may help put a fire under Jenkins anyway.

Kindal Moorehead was re-signed Thursday, giving the Panthers their entire DT rotation from 2006. The signing is a one year deal expected to be near the minimum. Moorehead, a 2003 5th round pick out of Alabama, has only played for Carolina, has no major injuries, and is the only draft pick besides 8th overall pick Jordan Gross that remains on the roster.

With Moorehead on-board, the team retains almost every defensive player it started the 2006 season with. Exceptions? The team only retains one safety (Mike Minter) it started the season with, cut Al Wallace, and lost Chris Draft in free agency.
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