Wrapping up some of the odd thoughts at the end of the day:
-- Saw the blog on NFL.com about Alfonso Boone. It's premature by days at best, and maybe misleading.
Talked to someone tonight who would know, who said the deal's still possible, but not imminent after the Panthers' Tuesday trade for Louis Leonard.
Keep an eye on Boone, however. He's a solid vet, who's played DT in a few Tampa 2 systems (Lovie Smith's Chicago and Herm Edwards' Kansas City).
Like Leonard, he's probably a better fit in a 4-3 than the 3-4 he was in previously. He'd be a little more expensive, and it would make sense to sign him in Week 2 if they needed him, since his salary wouldn't be fully guaranteed as it would if he was here for the opener (like they did with TE Christian Fauria in 2007).
It also makes it clear GM Marty Hurney was looking at the fringes when he scouted Cleveland-Green Bay and Minnesota-Kansas City in the preseason, rather than scoping out big names.
-- Speaking of Leonard, I've been asked many times why they'd make a deal now instead of waiting until after cuts. It has everything to do with going 12-4 last year. Waiver order's based on last year's record. So Detroit can have its pick of the culls, while the Panthers are 28th in order.
They're not the only team looking for young line help, so the bin would be picked over pretty good by the time they got around to claiming someone off waivers.
Vets aren't subject to the waiver process, but the Panthers would prefer young, cheap and good to old, expensive and just as good.
-- Call in the Twitter Whisperer. The latest missive from LB Jon Beason has him seeming optimistic.
@jonbeason They said it couldn't been done, they said it wasn't enough time.... Ha we'll see in due time.
We'll see. Sept. 13 is 22 days out from his MCL sprain, and on the most optimistic side of his recovery window.
-- New team president Danny Morrison's going to be a nice fit here.
Think of him as a polished Hurney (which might be a paradox). Morrison's old co-workers at Wofford describe him as a grinder, and he told me this afternoon that his first order of business was to "listen, learn and roll up my sleeves and get to work."