Panthers Rumors & News

  • Isaac Rochell drawing interest from Cowboys, Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "A day after the Notre Dame Pro Day workout, former Irish defensive lineman Isaac Rochell paid a visit to PFT Live to discuss his pre-draft experiences. As to the issue that always slides to the top of the stack in the weeks before the selection process, Rochell said he has attracted the most..." March 25

  • Jonathan Stewart open to Panthers drafting a new running back "There has been a lot of discussion about the Panthers offense this offseason. Head coach Ron Rivera has been open about his desire to do things differently in 2017 in an effort to take pressure off quarterback Cam Newton and field a more productive unit. And as far as the draft is concerned,..." March 25

  • Panthers bring in athletic, pass-catching TE for visit – but not the one you think

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers have an athletic, pass-catching tight end at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday – not named Greg Olsen. But former Miami tight end David Njoku, who indicated on the Rich Eisen Show he was visiting the Panthers on Thursday, has ties to Olsen. Both starred for the..." March 24

  • Panthers sign quarterback Garrett Gilbert

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers needed another arm for OTAs, since Cam Newton’s isn’t available. And boy they found one. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Panthers signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert was most recently on the Raiders’ practice squad, and has also spent time with the Lions,..." March 24

  • Panthers GM Gettleman: Moving up eight spots is 'gold'

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says he was willing to give up defensive end Kony Ealy for draft currency – in this case eight spots in next month’s draft. Carolina dealt the disappointing Ealy and a third-round pick (72nd overall) to New England two weeks ago for the Patriots’..." March 24

  • Panthers' Matt Kalil: Fans drove me off Twitter, 'I was harassed left and right'

    CBS Sports "Matt Kalil does not suffer fools gladly, either in person or online. The former Vikings’ first-round pick confronted a fan who heckled him in 2014, and on Wednesday, the offensive tackle, who signed a five-year, $55.5 million deal with the Panthers earlier this month, admitted that fans drove him..." March 24

  • Still in Concussion Protocol, Michael Oher is ‘Doing NFL Workouts’

    Black and Blue Review "Nearly six months since entering the NFL’s concussion protocol, Michael Oher is still in it. But the Carolina Panthers are still hoping he can return to play right tackle in 2017. According to general manager Dave Gettleman, Oher “has been working his fanny off” this offseason. “He’s doing..." March 24

  • Panthers to pick up Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year option "The Carolina Panthers will pick of the fifth-year option on wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, general manager Dave Gettleman told reporters Friday, per Max Henson of the team's official website. The no-brainer move will cost the Panthers about $8 million in 2018. It's a nice boost in pay for the..." March 24

  • Jonathan Stewart signs extension with Carolina Panthers "The Carolina Panthers want running back Jonathan Stewart around beyond 2017. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Carolina extended Stewart's contract one year, meaning he's signed through 2018. The 30-year-old running back was slated to count $8.5 million against the..." March 24

  • ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

    Awful Announcing "Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo..." March 23

  • ESPN medical analyst takes more pessimistic view of Cam Newton recovery timetable

    Charlotte Observer "On Tuesday, news broke that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton would need shoulder surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. The team said it expected Newton to be ready to play by the start of training camp. On Wednesday, ESPN medical analyst Dr. Mark Adickes doubted that..." March 23

  • Do the Panthers even like Cam Newton?

    Sporting News "Yes, the timeline you’ve seen for this is correct. In Week 13, the Panthers benched Cam Newton for not wearing a tie on a road trip. In Week 14, Newton injured his shoulder against the Chargers, but the Panthers claimed his MRI showed no problems. He started the final three games. And on..." March 22

  • Panthers’ failure of Cam Newton comes home to roost

    Sportsnaut "There’s one job an NFL front office has that’s paramount. It stands above the rest. Protect your franchise quarterback. Once you have been given the ability to actually feature a top-tier signal caller out there on a weekly basis, it’s your job to make sure he has everything at his disposal to..." March 22

  • How much salary cap space do the Panthers have left, and what will they do with it?

    Charlotte Observer "After a very productive opening to free agency, the Panthers still have a little cash to spend. According to the latest NFLPA public cap projections, Carolina has about $11.6 million in salary cap space. This includes the approximate $13.5 million franchise tag that defensive end Kawann..." March 21

  • Charles Johnson to miss OTAs after back surgery

    Pro Football Talk "The big headline around the Panthers on Tuesday is that quarterback Cam Newton will miss the team’s offseason program while recovering from shoulder surgery, but he’s not the only player who will be sidelined in the coming months. The team announced that defensive end Charles Johnson had back..." March 21

  • Lingering pain led to Cam Newton decision to have surgery

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers were hoping to avoid surgery on their MVP quarterback. But as weeks of rehab passed and Cam Newton was still having pain after his Week 14 shoulder injury, they decided they couldn’t wait any longer. Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion told the team’s official website..." March 21

  • Cam Newton to have surgery on throwing shoulder "Carolina's star quarterback is going under the knife. Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30, the Panthers announced Tuesday. "It is well-documented and well-researched that overhead throwing athletes commonly have wear..." March 21

  • Dave Gettleman has already solidified Panthers secondary, and he’s probably not done

    Charlotte Observer "One thing has been clear since the end of the 2016 season: Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman is going to make sure he doesn’t find himself in the same situation he was in at draft time last year. At this time in 2016 (give or take a few weeks), the entire third tier of the..." March 20

  • Tackle prospect Cam Robinson sets up some visits

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s draft class isn’t seen as being a particularly strong one for offensive tackles, but the needs at the position around the league mean that those at the top of the list are still likely to come off the board early in the draft process. One of those tackles is Alabama’s Cam Robinson,..." March 20

  • Panthers re-sign Teddy Williams

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers hope to get better play in the secondary in 2017 than they enjoyed during the 2016 season and they’re bringing cornerback Teddy Williams back to help in that effort. Williams became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month, but the Panthers announced on Monday that he has..." March 20

  • Panthers have 5 of their top-10 all-time players on 2017 roster

    USA Today "Last week’s signing of defensive end Julius Peppers may have sent many Carolina Panthers fans on a walk down memory lane. But nostalgia wasn’t the only gift that was brought back as a result of the one-year deal. With Peppers now in the Carolina black and blue once again, the Panthers presently..." March 19

  • Slim pickings remain in free agency

    Pro Football Talk "There aren’t many big moves left to make in free agency. Sure, there’s still the question of whether our No. 1 free agent, Le’Veon Bell, will sign a long-term deal in Pittsburgh or play this season on the franchise tag. And there are big names out there like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and..." March 18

  • Kony Ealy didn’t expect to be traded

    Pro Football Talk "Kony Ealy became a household name in NFL circles during Super Bowl 50. He then ended up in the Carolina outhouse a year later. Now traded to the Patriots, Ealy spoke with reporters on Thursday and addressed whether he thought he’d be traded. “No, but you know, this a business, so you’ve got..." March 16

  • Panthers re-sign Kyle Love

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have held onto another member of their defensive line. The team announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed defensive tackle Kyle Love. The team used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Kawann Short and re-signed defensive ends Charles Johnson, Mario Addison and Wes Horton in..." March 15

  • Panthers bring back Chris Scott for another year, again

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have been among the busiest teams in the NFL this offseason, and they’re filling in the blanks with some of their own guys in addition to the big deals. Today, they brought back journeyman offensive lineman Chris Scott on a one-year deal. In fact, it’s the fifth year in a row..." March 13

  • Panthers Safety Tre Boston Drawing Trade Interest

    Black and Blue Review "After already giving up on their second-round pick of the 2014 draft, the Carolina Panthers could be tempted to do the same with their fourth. According to multiple sources, at least one team has recently called looking to acquire safety Tre Boston. To be clear, the Panthers aren’t shopping..." March 13

  • Back with Panthers, Captain Munnerlyn said trash talk was “out of fun”

    Black and Blue Review "Captain Munnerlyn knew the questions were coming. The chatty cornerback met with the media Saturday moments after signing a four-year deal to rejoin the Panthers. And while his return to Carolina after a three-year stay in Minnesota is a nice story, the elephant in the room was what he said in..." March 13

  • Bills Sign WR Corey Brown

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Buffalo Bills announced that they’ve signed have signed WR Corey Brown to a contract on Sunday. Ian Rapoport reports that Brown receives a one-year contract from the Bills. Brown previously visited with the Detroit Lions since free agency opened, but it appears as though the Bills were..." March 12

  • Report: Panthers sign CB Captain Munnerlyn

    Fanrag Sports "The Carolina Panthers and free agent cornerback Captain Munnerlyn have agreed to terms to bring the NFL veteran back to the team he made his NFL debut with, according to Ian Rapoport. Munnerlyn spent the 2016 season as a member of the Minnesota Vikings secondary, appearing in 15 games, missing..." March 11

  • Panthers pursuing Russell Shepard

    Pro Football Talk "The Carolina Panthers are pursuing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Shepard, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Shepard had his best season as a receiver in 2016 for the Buccaneers after being primarily a special teams contributor in his first three seasons in Tampa..." March 10

  • Remmers schedules visits with Vikings, Texans

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent offensive tackle Mike Remmers is visiting the Vikings today and the Texans tomorrow. Agent Brett Tessler tells PFT that Remmers should know his destination shortly. “Several teams have reached out over the last few days and we’re close to making a decision,” Tessler said." March 10

  • Lions bringing in Philly Brown for a visit

    Pro Football Talk "Could we have Motown Philly back again? Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that wide receiver Philly Brown will be visiting the Lions on Friday. Brown was not tendered by the Panthers as a restricted free agent, leaving him free to sign with any team without giving Carolina a chance to..." March 10

  • Three years, $15 million for A.J. Klein in New Orleans

    Pro Football Talk "Linebacker A.J. Klein has stayed in the NFC South, but he has moved from the Carolina to New Orleans. He’ll be getting paid pretty well to do it. Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Klein will make $15 million over three years in New Orleans. Technically a four-year, $24 million..." March 10

  • Mike Adams joins the Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "On the day the Panthers brought an aging defensive end home to North Carolina, they also added a slightly younger defensive back to the mix. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Panthers have agreed to terms with safety Mike Adams on a two-year deal. Adams entered the league in..." March 10

  • Vikings sign former Panthers right tackle Mike Remmers

    Pro Football Talk "The money’s probably not comparable, but the Panthers and Vikings have effectively swapped left tackles. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Vikings will reach a deal with former Panthers tackle Mike Remmers. He was going to visit Houston if a deal didn’t get done in..." March 10

  • Patriots Acquire Kony Ealy Via Trade With Panthers

    CBS Boston "Bill Belichick remains busy. The Patriots on Friday afternoon reportedly acquired defensive end Kony Ealy from Carolina, according to Adam Schefter. The Patriots will send their second-round pick to Carolina, while the Panthers will also send their third-round pick to New England. The..." March 10

  • Julius Peppers returning home to Carolina Panthers

    Charlotte Observer "Former Carolina Panthers defensive end and future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers is returning to where it all started. The former two-sport star at UNC and North Carolina native has agreed to terms with the Panthers. His agent, Carl Carey, tweeted a picture of Peppers Friday taken the night the..." March 10

  • Kalil's deal with Panthers worth $55.5M over 5 years

    Charlotte Observer "Signs and reports (as well as Observer intel) point toward former Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil being signed by the Carolina Panthers when he becomes a free agent on Thursday at 4 p.m. But a new report from USA Today national NFL reporter Tom Pelissaro outlines just how much Carolina..." March 09

  • Panthers expected to sign OT Matt Kalil when free agency opens at 4 p.m.

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers look like they’ll have a new left tackle – and a second Kalil brother, too. Vikings free agent tackle Matt Kalil is expected to sign with the Panthers – barring any 11th-hour complications – when the new league opens at 4 p.m. Thursday, a league source confirmed. ESPN’s..." March 09

  • Charles Johnson re-signs with Panthers, wants Julius Peppers to return to Carolina

    ESPN "After defensive end Charles Johnson on Tuesday re-signed on a two-year deal worth $9.5 million with the Carolina Panthers, he's ready to help recruit free-agent defensive end Julius Peppers. Johnson would like himself and Peppers, 37, to retire with the team that drafted them. Peppers, who..." March 08

  • Panthers To Tender RFA OL Andrew Norwell

    Pro Football Rumors "The Panthers will use a second-round tender on restricted free agent offensive lineman Andrew Norwell, according to David Newton of That tender will be worth $2.746MM. Carolina has now created a significant impediment to other clubs poaching Norwell, as rival teams would have to..." March 07

  • Report: Panthers re-sign running back Fozzy Whittaker

    247 Sports "The Carolina Panthers have brought back another one of their impending free agents. After re-signing safety Colin Jones and wide receiver Brenton Bersin early Tuesday, the Panthers have completed a trifecta of sorts, re-signing free-agent-to-be running back Fozzy Whittaker to a two-year deal,..." March 07

  • Charles Johnson will likely end his career as a Panther after signing extension

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers re-signed defensive end Charles Johnson to a 2-year deal on Tuesday. The extension means that Johnson, 30, will likely finish his career as a member of the Carolina Panthers since 2007. A league source confirmed the deal is worth $9.5 million. " March 07

  • Ryan Kalil does not seem to want Russell Okung to join Panthers

    Sportsnaut "Some members of the Carolina Panthers may want to see Russell Okung join the team in free agency. One man — Ryan Kalil — does not. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeted on Monday that different Panthers were “actively recruiting” Okung to join the team. Kalil responded, informing Rapoport..." March 06

  • Kawann Short likely to sign franchise tender in next few days

    Pro Football Talk "Last year, Panthers cornerback Josh Norman didn’t sign the franchise tender — and the team eventually rescinded it. This year, Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short appears to be prepared to avoid a similar outcome. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Short likely will be signing the..." March 06

  • With hip reportedly ‘100 percent healthy,’ Matt Kalil expected to interest Panthers

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said last week center Ryan Kalil is progressing following a season-ending surgery. Another Kalil brother also is reportedly doing well after his own season-ending surgery – a development that could interest the Panthers, if true. Minnesota Vikings left..." March 06

  • NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith says he wants weed treated as health issue, like concussions

    USA Today "The NFL Players Association plans to propose updates to the collectively bargained substance abuse policy that repositions marijuana use as a player health and safety issue, along the same lines as revisions to concussion protocol in recent years. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told..." March 02

  • John Fox: 'Never watched' Jimmy Clausen before Panthers drafted him

    CBS Sports "Back in 2010, the Panthers were in desperate need of a quarterback, and like most desperate teams are wont to do, they drafted a quarterback way too early. Specifically, Carolina drafted Jimmy Clausen with the 48th pick. He was the third passer off the board after Sam Bradford (first overall) and..." March 02

  • Panthers G.M. not a fan of talk of offensive “evolution”

    Pro Football Talk "Maybe when Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman was looking for a birthday gift for coach Ron Rivera, a nice thesaurus would have been a good choice. Because as Rivera has often referred to the Panthers “evolving” on offense next season, Gettleman admitted he’s uncomfortable with the word..." March 02

  • Competition Committee discussing centralizing review system "The NFL's Competition Committee is discussing two proposals that would significantly alter officiating -- whether to make referees full-time employees and how to centralize the replay review system. According to one league official familiar with the committee's conversations during its meetings..." March 01