Panthers MLB Adam Seward made one of the key plays of Saturday's preseason opener, but he admitted Monday there was part of him that was disappointed he's not in New England right now.
A restricted free agent, Seward visited the Patriots this spring, but didn't get an offer sheet. The Panthers would have gotten a fifth-round pick if they'd have chosen not to match a deal, and they'd have likely taken the draft choice.
"It was interesting," Seward said. "Being here for three years and playing hard, it was kind of crazy to see a team like New England, who everybody views as the gurus of scouting, who do such a great job of bringing in late-round picks and free agents and turning them into superstars. So when they came calling, it was a tremendous honor, even though things didn’t work out."
Seward also admitted he thought he was a better fit in a 3-4 defense like New England runs, rather than the Panthers 4-3.
He'll get his chance to pursue a 3-4 team this offseason, since he's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, and it's unlikely the Panthers would get into a bidding war to keep him -- especially after MLB prospect Dan Connor fell in their laps on draft day.
We'll have more on Seward in tomorrow's Herald.