CHARLOTTE -- As much as they seemed like a natural fit, the Carolina Panthers are apparently out of the running for former Atlanta tight end Alge Crumpler.
The four-time Pro Bowler, who was released last week, went to Indianapolis to meet with a number of teams interested in his services, but the Panthers are apparently no longer in the mix.
Crumpler told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday he was talking to seven teams -- the Panthers, Buffalo, Detroit, Green Bay, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Tennessee. On Friday, SI.com's Bucky Brooks (a former Panthers scout), said six teams had arranged meetings with Crumpler this weekend.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said the Panthers were intrigued by the idea, but weren't about to get into a bidding war for the 30-year-old tight end, who battled knee problems last year. The source confirmed the Panthers didn't have a meeting scheduled.
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Panthers general manager Marty Hurney didn't want to get into the specifics of their position, but said there was one clear aspect to the situation.
"He knows we'd need to get him in for a physical first," Hurney said on Friday.
If Crumpler's looking to strike a deal quickly, that would likely preclude the Panthers getting involved, even though their medical team's already in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine.
Another pass target they won't be looking at is Minnesota wide receiver Troy Williamson.
The former South Carolina standout, the Vikings' first pick in 2005 (seventh overall), has been given permission to seek a trade. A number of teams have inquired, and his agent said eight were showing significant interest. But a source with knowledge of the situation said the Panthers weren't among that group, either.
Williamson has struggled with the Vikings, catching just 18 passes last year and 79 in three seasons.