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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Brayton In; Vincent In, Other Visits

Carolina signed DE Tyler Brayton (6'6, 280), a former first round pick, and G Keydrick Vincent (6'5, 325), to short term veteran deals this week, adding depth to two areas the team needs to improve upon.

Brayton, at times a 3-4 OLB, sometimes an end, sometimes a 4-3 end, was a late first round pick for the Raiders, where he had 6 sacks and an INT in his first three years, tailing off to nothing for the last two. A situational end, he'll probably play the run while the young ends (and assuming another pick) play the pass.

His three most memorable situations weren't positive plays on the field:
  • He was drafted with the pick received for Jon Gruden from the Buccaneers
  • He kneed Jerramy Stevens in the nuts on national television during a game
  • He openly questioned Randy Moss' heart during a game, prompting Moss to utter the phrases "I play when I want to" and "Randy Moss don't go over the middle".

Vincent, a 49 game starter in his career, played for Arizona last year. A 12 game starter for the Ravens in 2006, he was cut in preseason and was behind the curve for AZ all year; he played in 16 games due to injury for Pittsburgh, having been a Steeler from 2001-04. A widebody guard, Vincent has veteran experience and could step up and start at guard if needed; since he was a Cardinal last year, he draws comparisons to Jeremy Bridges, but without reason. Both are former guards who spent time in AZ, and that's about it. All signs point to Vincent being a solid guard at a great price; Bridges is an unfocused lineman who may be a better tackle but not good enough to start. As of right now, the smart money appears that Vincent will start the year at right guard and would face competition from Justin Hartwig for first string.

OT Barry Sims, another former Raider, was in town this week, being wooed by the Panthers. They were offering a one year deal, and Sims expects a 3 year. A former starter, Sims may be looking for a similar role; the Panthers are likely looking for a mentor to a young draft pick.

DT Ian Scott, former Bear and Eagle lineman, was in town this week as well; Scott (6'3, 300) is a rotation player who can play the run in a one-gap system. He would likely pair with a young pass-rusher from the draft as the Panthers' depth at DT.

Vincent was issued #68; Colclough wears 22; the other players haven't been issued numbers yet. Muhsin Muhammad, as has been reported, regains #87; Jeff King currently wears #47 (last worn by Thomas Davis when he was a safety) despite there being openings at #s 82-85.

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