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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Three new Panthers, one of them actually new

Have been sick, sorry for the delay.

Tyler Brayton was brought back Wednesday, sign to a three year deal without contract numbers. Brayton had been a two year starter, becoming a blue collar starter compared to the

Brayton has a higher pedigree than any other player on the Panthers' current DL, being a former first round pick. Julius Peppers (2nd overall) and Damione Lewis (12th overall) are no longer Panthers. He's also the only defender on staff that's above 30 years old. Brayton had teamed with Charles Johnson to fill in the left side of the defensive line, and each had played inside on passing downs at different times. However, the team may see fit to have Johnson start opposite Brayton, with Everette Brown supplanting on passing downs.

The team also announced the signing of Marcus Hudson, a former cornerback and safety for the San Francisco 49ers. An NC State grad, Hudson has been a standout special teamer but isn't an upgrade at cornerback. He most likely fits as a gunner on special teams along with Wallace Wright. Hudson played for four years as a 49er, and amassed 57 special teams tackles; he would've been an unrestricted free agent,

Hudson has a website and bio at:

Rob Petitti, a reserve lineman with the Panthers once Jeff Otah went out on injured reserve, was a Panther for three games at the end of the year. The 6'6, 327 lb right tackle is a good fit for the backup RT job, where they do already have Geoff Schwartz.

It's uncertain whether Schwartz will battle for the open right tackle job, but Petitti gives solid insurance for the new-look RT, in place since drafting Otah and Schwartz in 2008 when they moved Jordan Gross to the left side and put a great deal more power on the strong side.

Petitti, Wright, and Hudson comprise the greater part of the 2010 free agency push for the Panthers, and all three of them were un-tendered free agents. Brayton's re-signing was ideal for the team, but also allowed them to not have to sign a free agent at the position like Marques Douglas. The team won't spend big on free agents, but signing others' free agents at any price changes the compensatory profile for after the season.
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