One of the first victims to cap management this season was former New York Giants defensive lineman, Chris Canty. He had been with the Giants for three seasons and was caught off guard when he was released in mid-February. As they say though, when one door closes, another one opens, and for Canty the door he would like to see open belongs to the Carolina Panthers.
Canty is from Charlotte and would like nothing more than to play for his home team. He is even willing to make a Panther friendly deal to make it happen. Canty came out and said, point blank, “I would take a hometown discount to be a Panther”
It does not get much clearer than that, and it sounds like it is exactly what Carolina needs right now.
Defensive line is one of the Panthers’ most obvious needs. With Ron Edwards likely getting released, and Dwan Edwards becoming an unrestricted free agent, there are more questions surrounding the future of the line than there are answers.
Money issues also raise questions for the Panthers this season. The salary cap for 2013 was announced on Thursday and Carolina is among the teams that need to scramble and trim fat to get under the cap. They are going to need to look for whatever deals they can if they plan on improving the level of talent surrounding Cam Newton.
Canty was a productive member of a Giants’ defensive line that is as talented as they come. He was limited to just nine games last season and had a combined 26 tackles and three sacks. Bringing him in for a middle range free agent contract would help solve some of the issues the Panthers have at the position, and sounds like it is the perfect situation for both parties.
The Panthers need to be serious with Canty, though. The free agent defensive tackle has gotten interest from several NFL teams and if Carolina doesn’t make a move, another team will.