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Steussie To Sign with Panthers
By Viking Update Staff
VU learned Wednesday night that, while Denver and Cincinnati were preparing final pitches to sign former Viking Todd Steussie, the Carolina Panthers stepped up with the organization and the money that Steussie seeks and he'll sign today.
Since Todd Steussie was released by the Vikings, there were two schools of thought on where he would land -- one had him taking a one-year deal with AFC contender Denver for about $3.5 million, while another had him signing a long-term deal with woeful Cincinnati, which could offer him about $4.5 million a season.
Instead, he found a happy medium -- a team with the chance to be a contender and a long-term deal. VU learned from a source inside the Panthers organization that Steussie will likely be announced today as a new member of the Carolina franchise -- filling a huge hole in the Panthers offense and giving Steussie the job security he sought.
From what the source told VU, the contract is "very similar to the one he had with the Vikings" -- which was a five-year, $22 million deal. Steussie had expressed regret about leaving the Vikings, but felt he had at least five more years in him and now it looks like he'll be heading to Carolina to play those years out.
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