The Carolina Panthers are next in our series of team-by-team mailbags.
Nicholas in San Marcos writes: If I could ask you to do me and other Panther fans a favor, please ask Jerry Richardson why he gave up on us and why he hasn't told us what he is doing with his franchise? I've been a believer through thick and thin, but he hasn't given us any hope. It’s 2001 all over again I just wish he would say why.
Pat Yasinskas: Nicholas, I think it’s past the time for Richardson to come out and address his fans. He has a standing offer to talk to me on the record anytime he wants. He knows it and his media relations people know it, so here’s another reminder for them. Richardson agreed to talk with me on the record at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando back in the spring, but he had some scheduling conflicts and it didn’t happen. Any time he wants to talk, my recorder is ready.
Pat Yasinskas: Yes, I think you’ll see Edwards for the first time. That said, I wouldn’t expect too much. This is a guy they’re bringing along slowly as he learns to play wide receiver. You might see him involved in certain packages, but I think fellow rookies Brandon LaFell and David Gettis will be the starters.
Will in Raleigh writes: I wish the Panthers were the ones to make a move for Randy Moss. I understand they're in a youth movement, and Richardson doesn't like the dramatic type. But imagine Smith and Moss combined with that run game. I think there's a time and place to break a little from a philosophy and that may have been it.
Pat Yasinskas: Well, Moss certainly would not have fit with the youth movement and he probably would have required a big contact going forward, something the Panthers aren’t doing right now. Besides, putting Smith and Moss on the field together might seem like a nice idea, but do you really want to see those two in the same locker room?
John in Charlotte writes: What do you think of the decision by the Panthers to waive Dwayne Jarrett. I think Richardson is a great owner & man, and this is a decision that I love. To be honest here in the Charlotte area, we have been tired with Dwayne's lack of production.
Pat Yasinskas: I think it was a move that had to be done. I’m not sure why Jarrett was still on the roster coming out of the preseason. I respect Richardson and the front office for pulling the plug when Jarrett was arrested. They’ve done that several times when players have gotten into trouble.
Buck in Havasu, Arizona writes: With the Panthers not having a second round pick next year, this being a rebuild year, a new coach next year, and Steve Smith wanting to be a winner, doesn't it make sense to trade him while we can get something for him? I think with a 1st and 3rd round pick (for him) plus our first round pick we have, that maybe we could get a guy or two like a Crabtree or a Bryant. The picks would really help out the new coach and let's be honest... Smith hasn't had a stellar year in quite a while. I love the guy but for the greater good???
Pat Yasinskas: I hear you, but you’re not going to get anything for Smith right now while he’s injured and the trade deadline is coming up later this month. So I don’t think anything’s going to happen. Besides, say what you want about Smith and a lot of people are speculating he wants to go to a winner. That may be true, but Smith has never even hinted that he wants to be traded.