Earlier this week the Pittsburg Steelers released long time linebacker James Farrior. Farrior is a 15-year veteran and has been one of the best players at his position for the majority of his career. In the last nine seasons he has recorded 100 or more tackles in a season six times.
With the Panthers having so many issues at linebacker last year I think that it would be in their best interest to consider signing Farrior. Yes, a lot of their linebacker issues will be solved with the return of Jon Beason, but there is still a big hole left by the uncertainty of Thomas Davis being able to play. Davis is coming off three seasons in which he tore his ACL three times. That is going to make it extremely difficult for him to get back on the field and perform at the level that we saw from him when he was healthy. This is where James Farrior’s services could prove to be most beneficial.
If Davis is not able to return to form or gets injured again, then the Panthers will have a reliable guy they can count on to provide production. A linebacking corps consisting of James Anderson, Jon Beason, and James Farrior sounds pretty good to me. That would instantly make it one of the best in the NFC. You definitely don’t want to head into the season on the hope of Davis being healthy all year and have no other alternative. As of right now if Davis were to be unable to play then either Jordan Senn or Thomas Williams would be forced to start and I don’t think that’s a reality that the Panthers are going to want to face. Farrior also served as Pittsburg defensive captain for the last nine years, so he could bring over his intensity and vocal presence to help strengthen a Panthers defense that lacks vocal leaders. This should definitely be an idea that the Panthers should be contemplating and maybe by September we’ll be seeing James Farrior in a Panther jersey.