Rookie Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen will be at training camp in time to see and hear everything -- our Darin Gantt reports that Clausen and the Panthers have agreed to a deal just in time.
This serves as Clausen's first big completion of the preseason. There was no sense in holding out for a few more thousand dollars (the money is pretty modest for an NFL QB -- Clausen's big money won't come until his second contract, if he proves himself over the next four years). Clausen wasn't going to get enormous money anyway at pick No.48, but if the former Notre Dame QB held out, there was going to be a chance that he fell far behind on the QB depth chart.
So this is a smart move by Clausen and his agent, Gary Wichard. Get the guy in camp. Let him get every rep and go to every meeting, and let's see what he can do.
I was just asked on a morning radio show how I thought the Panthers' QB situation the early part of this year. I'd be stunned if Matt Moore wasn't the opening-day starter and held that job at least through September -- John Fox likes his veterans, even those with only 8 career starts -- but I don't think anything is guaranteed after that. Now Clausen has given himself a chance to be in that conversation.