PLAYERS TO WATCH IN TRAINING CAMP
--Quarterback Matt Moore: Moore takes over as the starting quarterback for Jake Delhomme. He's won six of his previous eight starts, but none have been with the Panthers in serious playoff contention. Moore got a one-year deal worth more than $3 million per year and will be pushed by second-round draft pick Jimmy Clausen.
--Running back DeAngelo Williams: Williams was having a great season but missed the final three games with an ankle injury and wound up losing the team rushing title to buddy Jonathan Stewart. Williams will still be the No. 1 running back this year and could have a huge season, although he will split carries with Stewart again this year.
--Linebacker Jon Beason: Beason has been to two Pro Bowls but could wind up moving to weak side linebacker with Thomas Davis out for the season. Or, the Panthers may decide that Beason is too valuable to move from the inside linebacker spot. Tough call for the Panthers because the weak side linebacker spot is one of the most important in the Tampa 2 defense.
Hot seat: Coach John Fox enters the final year of his contract without an extension. Fox is in a rare lame-duck situation with the Panthers electing not to extend his contact after the team went 8-8 last season and failed to make the playoffs.
--The Panthers have agreed to terms on a four-year, $4.25 million contract with third-round draft selection Armanti Edwards from Appalachian State.
With Edwards in the fold, the Panthers will have just two draft picks to sign -- quarterback Jimmy Clausen and third-round pick Brandon LaFell. Edwards' deal will include a signing bonus of slightly more than $710,000, according to sources. He'll make league minimum base salaries of $320,000 (2010), $405,000 (2011), $490,000 (2012) and $575,000 (2013).
The Panthers have big expectations for Edwards.
They traded away a second-round pick in next year's draft to get him with the 89th pick overall. The Panthers made that controversial move despite the fact Edwards has never played wide receiver or returner at the college level -- two things the Panthers hope he can excel at in the NFL. However, so far he's looked the part of an NFL player, showing great skills during the team's rookie minicamp and OTAs.
Edwards played quarterback at Appalachian State and led the Mountaineers to two national titles and twice won the Walter Payton Award given to the nation's top player at that level.
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