Trgovac leaving Panthers after all

January, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Carolina's strange offseason is getting more strange. Just two days after the team and defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac said he's staying with the team, he's not.

General manager Marty Hurney said this morning that Trgovac, who's contract had expired, has said he's leaving the Panthers to pursue other options. The team had made a contract offer to Trgovac and he said Tuesday he planned to sign it in the coming days.

But that all changed and it's just the latest strange thing to happen to Carolina's defense. All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers came out last week and said he wants out of Carolina. Then, defensive line coach Sal Sunseri abruptly left to coach linebackers at the University of Alabama.

The Panthers also lost linebackers coach Ken Flajole, but there's nothing strange about that one. He took a promotion to defensive coordinator in St. Louis.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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