Carolina Panthers

Sims cooling on Panthers

CHARLOTTE -- The Panthers pursuit of free agent tackle Barry Sims appears to have hit a dead end, after the two sides negotiated Wednesday.

Sims flew to Boise, Idaho, on Monday to meet with coach John Fox and line coach Dave Magazu, and his experience and their need seemed to make it a good fit. As is usually the case in these matters, the sticking point seems to be money.

"It doesn't look like anything's going to happen," Sims' agent, Ken Vierra, said Wednesday night. "They were looking at a one-year situation, and not knowing whether they're going to draft a guy or not, that's not a good situation for a veteran like Barry."

Sims has started 119 games in nine years with Oakland, 108 of them at left tackle. The Panthers are looking for bodies there, and are expected to use a high pick on one since their goal is to move Travelle Wharton inside to left guard.

What the Panthers aren't prepared to do, it seems, is exceed to low-end deals they've been handing out.

They've signed or agreed with wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, cornerback Ricardo Colclough, guard Keydrick Vincent and defensive end Tyler Brayton on deals of $2 million per year or less.

• SEWARD HEADING NORTH: Restricted free agent linebacker Adam Seward will visit New England today, hoping for a chance to get on the field after bad timing and better players blocked him here for three seasons.

If the Patriots sign him to an offer sheet, the Panthers would have seven days to match. If they didn't, they'd get a fifth-round pick as compensation, since they tendered Seward at the lowest level ($927,000).

Seward has been a valuable backup middle linebacker and a good special teams player here, but never capitalized on his few chances to play. They tried to start him in 2006 after Dan Morgan went down, but they quickly replaced him with veteran Chris Draft. Last year, when Morgan went down again, they'd have likely gone to him again, but a calf injury kept him from seizing the job. Instead, they moved rookie Jon Beason to the middle, and all he's done since is become an institution.

The Panthers have been down this road before. In 2006, Chicago signed cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. to a five-year, $21 million offer sheet. When he got arrested the following weekend, the Panthers declined to match (though they wouldn't have anyway). They got the 88th overall pick in return, and chose linebacker James Anderson.

• EXTRA POINTS: Even though they've interviewed him twice before (in 2002 and 2007), don't expect the Panthers to make another play for quarterback Joey Harrington.

They talked to him prior to the 2002 draft, and again last year when he was released by Miami. They chose to go with Julius Peppers the first time and David Carr the second.

Even though Carr was a disaster last year and was released, they're not likely to make a run at Harrington again. The organization seems comfortable with Jake Delhomme, Matt Moore and Brett Basanez at quarterback.