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Old 01-11-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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LB Connor will test market for 2012

By Joseph Person

Posted: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011

Panthers middle linebacker Dan Connor has started 18 games the past two years and ranks third on the team this season with 81 tackles.

But with Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason expected to return from Achilles surgery next season, Connor isn't sure whether he'll be back with the Panthers. Connor, who will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time, plans to see if there is a team interested in him as a full-time starter.

"That would be a different situation. Here, I was behind Jon from Day One," said Connor, a third-round pick in 2008. "It'll be interesting to see how it plays out and maybe getting into a situation where they want me to be the guy. I'm kind of excited about it. It's exciting to see how it shakes out.

"Obviously, I'd love to stay here. I like it here and I think this team's going to be really good next year. It's something I want to be a part of."

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Old 01-11-2012, 09:51 AM   #2
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I'm not saying this guy is necessarily my pick - but what I am saying is that I believe he would be an upgrade at MLB, and John Fox is familiar with the guy and what he can do. I would be surprised if he doesn't get a look this offseason.
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I'd spend a little extra money and get d'qwell jackson.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #4
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I'd spend a little extra money and get d'qwell jackson.
I love that idea, but I have my doubts that we're going to spend that kind of money.
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Yeah. I appreciate what Mays has done, but he really shouldn't be starting. We need a more versatile player.
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A lot of it is going to depend on Irving's development. It would be nice if he grabs the starting MLB spot next season, Mays sticks around as a goaline backer and the team can address other needs via the draft and FA (like RB, DT, CB # 2, SS and WR depth). If not, Connor would be a decent and relatively affordable option.
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I'd spend a little extra money and get d'qwell jackson.
I would LOVE this... Jackson is one bad mofo
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:12 AM   #8
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I would rather have Curtis Lofton
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I would take any upgrade available.

Mays is awful.
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let's see what Iriving can do first...but I would for sure bring in a veteran MLB.
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When we passed on Connor, I might've cried.

This would be stellar.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #14
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Jackson or Conner is an immediate and great upgrade. It would allow us to go DT and RB in first and second. (Or CB if we so choose not going to have a lot of ammo sitting at 32..)
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If he can get on the field and stay there. I'm not sure I'd be sold on him even being on the field, considering he's had 19 starts in 4 years.
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I prefer Connor over Jackson - Connor is a true 4-3 MLB, Jackson is much more of a 3-4 ILB.
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is Connor injury prone?
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is Connor injury prone?

I dont think he is. He plays behind Jon Beason.


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i'd piss my pants if we made that happen, it would be so awesome.
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I'd rather spend the money on Cliff Avril for the DL who's a young terror at DE.
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Isn't Hawthorne from Seattle also a UFA?
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I should have known you'd like this pick... lol
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:18 PM   #23
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If we don't address MLB in the draft, this would be a solid Bunkley-type move to improve a major position of need. We'd go from having a D+ MLB to a C+ MLB, and I could live with that if we draft other positions like CB and RB early.
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Taco, start some draft threads if you really want to run this mojo-angle. Try a "post your 1st round mock" thread.
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I dont think he is. He plays behind Jon Beason.


He's played 4 seasons and been on IR for 2 of them....
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