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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Carolina Auditioning DBs, Waiting on WRs

Carolina's putting interest in the defensive backfield, having signed
Roman Harper at SS as their only real free agent so far, and continue to
talk to others.

There was interest in Ryan Clark and Usama Young, and they talked to
Darian Stewart of the Rams on Monday. Wednesday they're talking to
Giants CB Terrell Thomas. Thomas, who had 3 ACL injuries on the same
knee, was heavily supported by Thomas Davis in the process. Clark would
be somewhat ideal for a one year deal, but Clark himself says that the
interest is primarily from other teams so that doesn't appear to be as
likely to happen here. Stewart had played SS in St. Louis, but that
role appears to be covered with Harper and Robert Lester.

It continues to seem that they'll bargain shop DB, getting experienced
players for low rent, while filling other needs primarily through the
draft. I have no sourcing for this, but I'd be willing to expect
Drayton Florence to return again and help fill out Melvin White's depth,
unless they have more instore for the recently re-signed James Dockery.

WR Jerricho Cotchery, who visited within the week, has reportedly
narrowed down to the Panthers and Steelers. The team might get a
potential target in Earl Bennett, cut by Chicago. Bennett had been the
Bears' slot option but struggled last season in a more limited role
after losing a job to the young Alshon Jeffrey. They lost out on Mario
Manningham, but there wasn't significant interest. Lance Moore would
probably be a better alternative to Bennett. Cotchery would provide a
serviceable #2/#3 for a year while a young player warms up. I'm still
interested in Jason Avant and Miles Austin as steadying influences.
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