The Carolina Panthers have finally decided to stop being so frugal and spend some money this offseason.
This was a calculated move, plotted out by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson back in 2008 when the owners opted out of the labor agreement in place at the time. He decided that it was better to save money and protect the franchise.
During that time it has been a rough couple of years for Panthers fans. We suffered the Delhomme debacle in the 2009 playoffs, followed by a replay at the beginning of the 2009-2010 NFL season.
The Panthers have been at or near the bottom of the division the past two years.
We watched Julius Peppers hightail it to the Chicago Bears and suffered through a year of John Fox mailing it in as a head coach.
We have even had questionable draft picks over the past few years. But apparently Richardson’s goal was to make big changes once there was a new labor agreement in place. Since the end of last season their has been an abundance of change, including new head coach Ron Rivera, No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton and the signing of free agents Olindo Mare, TEs Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen and QB Derek Anderson.
For all of that change, one thing remains the same…we still don’t have a viable receiver outside of Steve Smith.
There are some decent receivers still on the market. Even though none of them may be franchise guys, the Panthers could do like the Philadelphia Eagles and give someone a trial one-year contract to see how things play out after this season.