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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A fix for Carolina at cornerback?

By Pat Yasinskas

In their Insider Offseason Playbook seriesInsider, Gary Horton and Field Yates propose a solution for Carolina’s problems in the defensive backfield.

They suggest the Panthers go out and sign free-agent cornerback Aqib Talib.

On the surface, that may sound like a big stretch. The Panthers don’t have much salary-cap room and Talib’s checkered past usually isn’t the kind of thing owner Jerry Richardson likes.

But this one is intriguing because it could fill a very big need. Veteran cornerback Chris Gamble is expected to be a salary-cap casualty. That would leave the Panthers very thin at cornerback and there’s no guarantee they can land an impact cornerback in the middle of the first round of the draft.

Despite his off-field issues, there’s no denying Talib is a talent. He might be an instant upgrade over Gamble and he’s way better than any other cornerback the Panthers have. The cap is an issue. But the Panthers should be able to restructure some contracts to create cap room for Talib -- if they really want him.