Panthers assure Brown will be ready for camp

July, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Nice move by Carolina general manager Marty Hurney, getting top draft pick Everette Brown signed more than a week before the Panthers report to camp.

John Clayton reports over on our news side that Brown has agreed to a four-year deal worth $4.3 million, including about $2.7 in guarantees.

This one had the potential to be a little tricky. Brown was drafted in the second round, but the Panthers were on the record saying he was a first-round talent. That point surely was brought up in the negotiations, but it didn't weigh them down too much.

Getting Brown into camp from the very first day is hugely important for the Panthers. At the moment they view Brown as a situational pass rusher in their rotation of defensive ends. There's a strong belief Brown can develop into an every-down player over time.

That process could speed up because every practice session Brown gets in camp will put him a step closer to being the complete player the Panthers want.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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