Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Panthers mull options at cornerback

About the Author

Dan Parr
Associate editor

Recent posts by Dan Parr

Kuechly wins PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:06 p.m.

Are White-Jones NFL's best WR tandem?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Related Stories

SS Moore is staying with the Falcons

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m.

Panthers release CB Gamble

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 12:49 p.m.

Carolina Panthers: 2013 team needs

Posted March 05, 2013 @ 11:27 a.m.

Panthers cut DT Edwards

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m.

Gettleman: Panthers could keep Williams, Stewart

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 1:08 p.m.

Panthers to begin renovation after 2013 season

Posted Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:33 p.m.

Panthers add DT Cole

Posted Feb. 08, 2013 @ 12:34 p.m.

Ranking the NFL divisions for 2013

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m.

Panthers promote Shula to offensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 18, 2013 @ 4:38 p.m.

Panthers must tackle big defensive need inside

Posted Jan. 17, 2013 @ 6:39 p.m.
Posted March 31, 2012 @ 3:31 p.m. ET
By Dan Parr

With a healthy season from key players returning from injury like MLB Jon Beason, OLB Thomas Davis and DT Ron Edwards, the Panthers believe they can begin closing the gap between their explosive offense and porous defense in 2012.

They have not shown interest in throwing a whole bunch of money at the problem this offseason — Carolina’s plan for upgrading on defense has yet to include any flashy personnel acquisitions. While some Panthers fans were hoping the team would sign a proven veteran starter in free agency to pair with Chris Gamble at cornerback, the team has not yet made any additions at the position.

If the Panthers make a marquee addition on defense this offseason, it’s expected to come through the draft, where the Panthers hold the ninth overall pick.

The Panthers also have needs on the defensive line, though, and GM Marty Hurney has not spent a pick earlier than a fourth-rounder on a player he envisioned using as a corner since 2006, when he selected Richard Marshall in the second round. Some in Carolina would like to see the Panthers land one of the top corners available in April’s draft, but if LSU’s Morris Claiborne doesn’t make an unexpected fall and end up being there for the taking when the Panthers pick, there won’t be a corner available that warrants such an early selection.

It’s part of the reason sources say they wouldn't be surprised if the Panthers poke around the thinning free-agent market at corner to see what kind of bargains are available.

Follow Dan Parr on Twitter

Comments ()