Just back from a long weekend in DC. It was amazing, the whole time I was there, reading two papers a day, I never once read about the quarterback pouting when his team tried to trade for another one.
-- The Panthers have signed WR Jason Carter back. It's a one-year deal, with a "split" provision that reduces his salary if he is injured. He spent last year on IR after blowing out his knee in training camp. It's going to be tough for him to make the roster since he's not really a returner, but he's a good-enough option on offense that he might stick if they don't add significantly there.
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-- Teams are bunkered down in draft meetings, but there could be a few more similar signings in the next week or so. A lot of agents are starting to get antsy about finding jobs for their guys before the draft, when teams always get more enamored with the younger (i.e.) cheaper alternatives.
-- I keep hearing that even though the Panthers have just five picks now, the chances of them only using five picks on draft weekend is slim.
Just from the chatter out there among other teams, they're looking to add picks, even if they don't or won't move Julius Peppers.