Carolina Panthers Need a Wide Receiver, Terry Glenn Needs a Team

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2008

At first I was shocked to see that wide receiver Terry Glenn had been cut by the Dallas Cowboys, and for good reason. 

They have Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton, Isaiah Stanback, Austin Miles, and Sam Hurd.  They're trying to build for the future with more of a focus on youth.  Glenn doesn't fit that bill.

It's great that the Cowboys released him because the Carolina Panthers, my favorite team, need another receiver.

Right now we only have four real receivers—Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad, DJ Hackett, and Dwayne Jarrett.  And for our first two games we won't have Smith due to a suspension for a training camp fight. 

Jason Carter, who would have been our fifth receiver, suffered a season-ending injury in late August.  Ryne Robinson hasn't proven anything except the fact that he doesn't belong in the return game, and Mark Jones has never caught a pass in his pro career.

Glenn would be the fifth receiver.  He may not want to step down that low, but he last played as a No. 2 or No. 3 option two years ago.  He's not going to be able to get anything better.  Plus, I bet the fact that the Cowboys' release of him had a powerful humbling effect on him.  So the possibility that he could be a fifth receiver is there.

Glenn's age (34) could be an issue, but the Panthers could probably squeeze another year out of his career this season.  Then in the 2009 Draft they could take a receiver in a later round.  

Glenn only played in one game in 2007, but in '06 he had 70 receptions for 1,047 yards, and six touchdowns.

Glenn needs a team—he probably isn't through playing yet—and we need a receiver.

Terry Glenn, meet the Panthers.  Panthers, meet Terry Glenn.