It was only a few days ago when we wrote about the difficulty in finding qualfied DTs (and don't forget to read part two).
But all of a sudden, the Carolina Panthers, a team which recently was threadbare at the position, now seem well-stocked for the future, if not quite completely for the present.
You can break the Panthers down into the old and young, when you look at what they'll field for 2010 and beyond.
For starters, they'll bring back the still-productive Damione Lewis, which is a good thing even if he's playing more snaps now than he needs to. He's a fine addition to a rotation, but has struggled at times when he has to play 70 percent of the snaps.
Less certain is the future of Maake Kemoeatu, who's beginning to rehab his torn Achilles, and trying to keep weight off in the process. Hollis Thomas, 35, will be a free agent, and frankly they're just hoping he gets them through this year.
Then you look at the next wave, and things get interesting
Louis Leonard, who broke his ankle in Atlanta, was showing indications he could play. Tank Tyler, acquired in a Monday night trade, offers them another live body inside. And don't forget about redshirt Corvey Irvin, who already looks stronger in the upper body, and was showing signs of being a pass-rusher before landing on IR with a less-than-life-threatening knee injury.
Couple them with under-contract DEs Charles Johnson, Everette Brown and Hilee Taylor, and they're young up front in 2010, something they weren't coming into 2009.
As for the picks they've given up to get that way, it's almost two different questions. The 2010 first for Everette Brown (and Mike Goodson as a throw-in) will be the subject of debate for years.
But giving up a fifth and a sixth for Tyler and Leonard (somewhat proven commodities, which late-round picks aren't) shouldn't worry folks at all.
And to think, this entire discussion took place without mention of Julius Peppers and his $1 million per game.
It's almost as if they've got something in mind there.
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