With the unfortunate injury of outside linebacker Thomas Davis, could the Carolina Panthers be looking west for his replacement?
Leroy Hill has been a staple at the outside linebacking position for the past few seasons. In a very talented group of linebackers, he has stuck out.
Last year after the draft, he received a generous contract to remain at the OLB position for years to come. All that commitment from the team, despite his run-in with the law in January of 2009 which will more than likely end up in a 1-2 game suspension.
After the trial for his marijuana possession charge came in April, where he received a 12 month probation, he was arrested again for domestic violence. When it rains it pours, I guess.
As his new legal problem hangs over his head, his current team and, I'm sure, other teams are sitting on pins and needles.
We should find out very shortly the verdict of his latest domestic violence charge, which will determine the outcome of the probation possibly being revoked.
Should they be positive results then the Seahawks have some serious things to think about.
Last year's defensive standout had to be David Hawthorne at middle linebacker. With Hill's absence, Hawthorne has been moved to the outside.
With all the missed practice, would it benefit the Seahawks more to bring Hill back in for competition or agree to terms with another team who could greatly benefit from Hill's plethora of skills?
In fact, his teammate Lofa Tatupu has recently said that Hill is a versatile linebacker and can do anything that is asked of him.
With some big shoes to fill, this season in Carolina is going to be strenuous until someone steps up and continuity is restored.
With the likely candidate for replacement being Dan Connor, who has been working at backup middle linebacker, the Panthers could suffer a bit with production.
Thomas Davis has been a big standout in the division recently and it would be hard to take someone out of their natural position to play outside in space.
Enter Leroy Hill.
Hill could easily provide a stable presence at the outside linebacking spot while Thomas Davis recovers. He could also help the Seahawks pickup draft picks for next year's draft.
It benefits Leroy Hill as well, as he went to school at Clemson in South Carolina. Being close to his alma mater could allow him to get his act together and provide the Panthers with a hometown hero.
I see this as a win/win situation. Feel free to tell me what you think.