Ken Hamlin is a slightly-above-average safety, nothing more. "Throwing money" at him would be kinda dumb, dude. Sorry. We'd be better off trading up to get Laron Landry or trading down to get Michael Griffin if you believe that is our number #1 priority.
Patrick Ramsey has been a bust wherever he has gone. Weinke and Ramsey are basically a toss up and it would be like replacing Weinke with himself. John Fox is going to go down with Jake Delhomme so we need to take this time to find an eventual replacement than a stopgap backup. Someone like a Trent Edwards would be an ideal fit. Let him sit for two years then take over.
Due to the reasons you just mentioned, Thurman will NEVER come to Charlotte. Jerry Richardson will cut you if you get a speeding ticket, no way he's going to pay dime one for this guy.
Hey, something we agree on! It's been waaaaayyy to long since the Panthers have had a legitimate TE receiving threat. Smith deep, Williams out of the backfield, and Johnson and Olsen across the middle sounds pretty good.
I hate to admit it, but shine has worn off the Mary Hurney and John Fox draft process. (Bruce Nelson instead of Anquan Boldin, Deshaun Foster over Clinton Portis, Thomas Davis over Derrick Johnson, etc.) They need to hit a homerun with the #14 pick to keep this team going. OT, S, TE, and LB are all viable options at #14. I would love to see either Levi Brown, Laron Landry, Greg Olsen, or Patrick Willis in a Panther uniform, but if I had to pick it would be Brown or Olsen. We had a top 5 defense last year but finished 8-8. It's obvious where our deficiencies lie. Also, drafting Ted Ginn, Jr. would make sense as well. Instant field position and third receiver.