Adam Seward is expected to visit the New England Patriots this weekend. The restricted free agent has the option of signing an offer sheet with the Pats, and the Panthers would have seven days to match. If they didn't, the Patriots would owe the Panthers a 5th round pick. Seward has been an excellent special teamer and backup LB, but has battled injuries in his three years with Carolina.
Possibly anticipating the move, the Panthers brought in LB Landon Johnson, a Bengal that's certainly more than a backup. A former 3rd round pick from Purdue. As a Bengal, he started 53 of 64 games; he led the Bengals in tackles three out of four years totaling no less than 86 tackles and finishing with 142 in 2007.
A 6'3, 232 lb linebacker, Johnson has played weakside and middle linebacker, and would likely supplant Na'il Diggs or compete with him for the start. A market high on beef, the LB market has been mediocre and a good value for the buying team; the Panthers may see a player who can play inside like Beason but can play outside; Johnson is a better range player than Diggs.
Panthers Sign Across The League
Dan Morgan signed with the Saints; Kindal Moorehead is expected to sign with the Falcons. Keary Colbert, earlier in the week, signed with the Broncos for 3 years, $7.2 million.