CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers signed two more draft picks Monday, giving them the majority of their draft class under control.
Third-round safety Charles Godfrey and seventh-round tackle Geoff Schwartz each got four-year deals, paying the minimum base salaries ($295,000, $385,000, $470,000 and $555,000) each year. Godfrey got a $854,000 signing bonus, while Schwartz got $42,000 up front.
That gives them seven of their nine picks taken care of, and leaves just first-rounders Jonathan Stewart and Jeff Otah to handle before the team reports to training camp Friday.
Getting them in is a priority for obvious reasons, since both are expected to have significant roles this year. But the Panthers are eager to get them inked to avoid last year's difficulty, when first-round pick Jon Beason missed the first eight days of camp.
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That one was the first holdout under general manager Marty Hurney, and the previous unblemished streak was something the team had taken great pride in.
"I don't think you let one year affect another," Hurney said. "The whole goal is to have those guys in by Friday, and when you're dealing with these things, ideally what you do is reach a win-win."
Hurney said there was "good communication" between the team and the agents for Stewart and Otah. One problem this early in the week is that only six first-rounders league-wide had signed by the end of business Monday, and four of those were the top four picks.
To make room for Godfrey and Schwartz on the 80-man roster, the Panthers released tight end Chad Upshaw, who spent time on practice squads in Charlotte and with the New York Giants last season.
They'll still have to cut two more players when they sign Stewart and Otah.