Panthers Rumors & News

  • Broncos reportedly were interested trading for Christian McCaffrey, Joe Thomas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Denver Broncos reportedly showed interest in a couple of players on draft day. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos were interested in trading up for Christian McCaffrey, and they inquired about Joe Thomas. Unable to move up to select McCaffrey, who went No. 8 overall to the..." April 28

  • 10 best players still available in 2017 NFL Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the players who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell? And just how far will those with question-mark players continue to fall? Each of those are legitimate..." April 28

  • Christian McCaffrey lands with Panthers as Cam Newton's new weapon

    USA Today "Cam Newton has a new weapon. The Carolina Panthers selected former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick of the first round in Thursday's NFL draft. The son of former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, the running back made his own legacy at Stanford by..." April 28

  • Panthers’ interest in McCaffrey ‘likely a smokescreen’

    Yardbarker "There has been a lot of chatter lately that the Carolina Panthers might be extremely interested in Christian McCaffrey. But is it all a smokescreen? That’s what Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk put out there on Thursday before the draft. “A source with knowledge of the dynamics believes..." April 27

  • Selection of Mitchell Trubisky or Deshaun Watson could mean a Panthers draft bonanza

    Charlotte Observer "Draft experts have spent the past couple of months dumping on this year’s crop of quarterbacks. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said he’s not “banging the table” for any of the top quarterbacks, and several recent mocks don’t have a quarterback being drafted until No. 12, by Cleveland. Only once..." April 26

  • Edge rushers who could be Carolina Panthers? They are spread through 2017 NFL draft

    Charlotte Observer "Given his former employer’s propensity to load up on defensive ends every April, many observers figured Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman would begin collecting edge rushers when he arrived in Charlotte in 2013. That hasn’t been the case. During an eight-year stretch when..." April 25

  • 'Bloodbath' in Bristol: ESPN could cut 70 people

    Sporting News "The layoffs at ESPN might turn out worse than predicted, sources tell Sporting News. The Worldwide Leader in Sports could cut around 70 TV/radio anchors, reporters, analysts and online writers over coming days and weeks, sources said. That would be worse than the 40 to 50 on-air talents..." April 25

  • Mexico is not a big fan of Ron Rivera’s Carolina Panthers

    Charlotte Observer "If a relatively new poll by a Mexican NFL website is true, the league doesn’t need to schedule any games for the Carolina Panthers south of the border anytime soon. The website (link opens in Spanish) poll shows the Carolina Panthers 25th among NFL teams in popularity with Mexican fans. But..." April 23

  • DeShone Kizer doubles down on Brady/Newton comparison

    Sportsnaut "DeShone Kizer recently made comments comparing himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton that raised eyebrows throughout the NFL draft community. “I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play,” Kizer said. “Imagine taking Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting..." April 22

  • Panthers finalize preseason schedule, too, and work around PGA Championship to do it

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers have finalized the team’s preseason schedule. Carolina’s preseason home opener against the Houston Texans will be played on Wednesday, Aug. 9, one day before the NFL window for preseason openers. The exception was granted to accommodate the PGA Championship taking place at..." April 21

  • Dave Gettleman sees “half a dozen” every-down running backs in draft

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have spent time with many of the top running backs in this year’s draft class, leading to plenty of speculation that they could take one with the eighth overall pick next week. That would continue a reversal of the trend that saw running backs fail to go in the first round of the..." April 21

  • Cam Newton was trying to be a leader by playing hurt

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seems to understand that he’d be better off this season if he had sat out the end of last season, knowing he’d need surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. But he said he felt an obligation to his teammates during a difficult 2016, which he still takes a..." April 20

  • NFL owners chipped in millions to fund President Trump’s inauguration events

    Sporting News "Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among many high-rolling sports figures to contribute to President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities, including six other NFL owners who donated $1 million, The Washington Post reported, citing a Federal Election Commission filing it obtained. The Republican..." April 20

  • Phil Simms joining CBS’ The NFL Today as studio analyst

    Sportsnaut "CBS announced Wednesday that Phil Simms will be joining the show The NFL Today as a studio analyst. Simms had previously made it clear he wasn’t done working in broadcasting after being bumped for Tony Romo in the live booth next to Jim Nantz. A consummate professional, we expect Simms to..." April 19

  • Panthers GM under intense pressure to find Cam Newton help in NFL Draft

    Sporting News "Pressure falls on all NFL general managers around draft time, as they’re expected to select players who will improve the team for the short and long term. So when a team nose-dives from 15-1 NFC champions to 6-10 with a quarterback who goes from league MVP to his career-worst season, that pressure..." April 19

  • Poll: 87 percent of NFL fans oppose their team drafting player with history of violence against women

    Sportsnaut "According to one poll, the majority of NFL fans aren’t on board with their favorite team drafting a player who has physically abused a woman. “A Marist poll conducted for HBO’s Real Sports found that the vast majority of fans — 87 percent — say that they would oppose their favorite NFL team..." April 19

  • Panthers left guard Andrew Norwell signs his second-round tender

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers threw the big money Kawann Short’s way this morning, but he wasn’t the only one signing. The team announced that restricted free agent left guard Andrew Norwell had signed his tender, along with exclusive rights free agent center Tyler Larsen and punter Michael Palardy on the day..." April 17

  • Kawann Short signs five-year contract "Kawann Short, one of the NFL's most disruptive defensive tackles, has signed a five-year contract to remain with the Panthers through the 2021 season. The Panthers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Short on Feb. 27, a move that gave the team and the potential free agent until July 15..." April 17

  • Why the Carolina Panthers will reclaim their NFC South throne

    iSportsweb "Last season was rough. It can be blamed on a Super Bowl hangover, critical injuries, loss of competitive drive, or even all of the above. I would personally direct it to poor offensive line play, which can be attributed to the devastating losses of All-Pro center Ryan Kalil and a cornerstone left..." April 16

  • Panthers line up a bunch of visits with defensive prospects

    Pro Football Talk "UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley and LSU safety Jamal Adams have visited the Panthers recently and they’re getting plenty of company from other defensive prospects in the team’s visitor log. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Panthers hosted Florida cornerback Teez Tabor and North..." April 14

  • Panthers mock draft begins with tough Howard vs. McCaffrey decision

    ESPN "Let’s say the Carolina Panthers had the choice between Alabama tight end O.J. Howard and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick of the NFL draft. Which one would you pick? That was the first difficult choice to make in this seven-round Panthers mock draft. It could..." April 14

  • NFL players on the trading block: Big names who could get dealt

    ESPN "Of all the potential NFL offseason storylines, "Seahawks trade Richard Sherman" would have ranked among the least believable two or three months ago. Yet, here we are. Sherman and the Seahawks, one of the most beautiful and successful pairings of player and NFL organization in the past..." April 12

  • NFL Relocation Fees Are Revenues The Players Will Never Touch

    Deadspin "NFL owners are poised to rake in a fortune from the recent franchise relocations of the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders. Those owners naturally won’t be sharing a penny from that windfall with the players. As a condition of approving all three franchise moves in the last 15 months, the league..." April 11

  • NFL releases 2017 preseason schedule "The NFL released the entire 2017 preseason schedule Monday. The 65-game slate features eight nationally televised matchups, including a game between the Chargers and Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The 2017 preseason will kick off Thursday, Aug. 3 (NBC, 8 p.m...." April 11

  • NFL Fining Players Who Participated In Vegas Arm Wrestling Event

    CBS Pittsburgh "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is reportedly getting fined by the NFL, but not for what you might think. Over the weekend Harrison and dozens of other current and former NFL players reportedly participated in the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel &..." April 10

  • Have the Panthers found their next Ted Ginn Jr.?

    Charlotte Observer "Former Utah Ute standout Kaelin Clay made national headlines in college in 2014 when, wide open and trotting into the end zone against Oregon, he dropped the ball on the 1-yard line. But Clay has done nothing but prove he’s out for redemption since, and that includes a chance with the Carolina..." April 09

  • If LSU’s Leonard Fournette goes before No. 8, should Panthers still go RB?

    Charlotte Observer "LSU running back Leonard Fournette has been viewed as a good fit for the Carolina Panthers for so long that at times it seems like a fait accompli, which of course doesn’t exist when it comes to the NFL draft. With Fournette set to visit Jacksonville, which has the No. 4 overall pick, on..." April 07

  • Vols running back Alvin Kamara visits Vikings, Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps you’ve heard, the Vikings made a move at running back this offseason. They took a look at a possible replacement yesterday, bringing Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara in for a visit, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Kamara has also been checked out by the Panthers, and could..." April 06

  • Panthers will visit under-the-radar LSU receiver this month

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers fans might only have seen Malachi Dupre if they were watching LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s film, but he is certainly on the radar of Carolina’s staff. Dupre, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound receiver who had 41 catches for 593 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, will be visited..." April 06

  • Panthers host Christian McCaffrey on visit "The Carolina Panthers need a running back, and they got a close look at one of the best the 2017 NFL Draft has to offer last week in Christian McCaffrey. The club hosted the former Stanford star on a pre-draft visit last week, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers hold the No. 8..." April 06

  • Leonard Fournette to visit Panthers next week

    Charlotte Observer "Surprisingly, neither Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera nor general manager Dave Gettleman were present at LSU’s Pro Day on Wednesday to see star running back Leonard Fournette. But no matter – Fournette will be in Charlotte next week for a private visit with the Panthers, a source told..." April 06

  • Amazon Scores With Live-Streaming Rights For NFL 'TNF' Package

    Sports Business Daily "Amazon will replace Twitter in live streaming the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.” The company will livestream the 10 “TNF” games carried by CBS and NBC as part of a one-year deal that the league announced late Tuesday. Amazon paid $50M for the rights, substantially more than the $10M that Twitter..." April 05

  • Cam Newton takes to Instagram to reveal the name of his infant daughter

    CBS Sports "Cam Newton’s rocky 2016 season ended with the Panthers winning just six games and the quarterback undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. But that dark cloud has a bright silver lining: On Sunday, Newton posted photos of the latest addition to his family, daughter Sovereign, who was born in..." April 03

  • Hard Knocks will remain on HBO with new four-year deal

    Awful Announcing "When it comes to sports documentaries, HBO’s Hard Knocks was revolutionary. It may be impossible to believe it now, but Hard Knocks has been around since 2001 when the Baltimore Ravens first took the plunge to allow HBO cameras into their training camp. Since that time the NFL has had a team..." April 03

  • How The Panthers Can Move To No. 2 Overall

    Pro Football Rumors "The latest rumor buzzing around the draft world involves the Panthers considering a trade up to acquire the second overall pick from the 49ers, as Matt Miller of Bleacher Report indicated yesterday. Carolina would reportedly move up with the intention of selecting either Stanford defensive lineman..." April 03

  • Veteran additions bring more than leadership to defense "Ron Rivera spent a lot of time at the recently concluded NFL Annual Meeting discussing how the Panthers plan to improve their offense in 2017, but Rivera knows the defense needs a similar shot in the arm. Only six teams gave up more than the 25.1 points per game the Panthers yielded in 2016...." April 02

  • Panthers’ offseason moves so far show GM Dave Gettleman has gotten the message

    Charlotte Observer "After losing Super Bowl 50, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he hoped his players would find inspiration from the guys celebrating amid the confetti in Santa Clara, Calif. The Denver Broncos had been blown out by Seattle in the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, but made it back to the game..." April 01

  • Ron Rivera defends playing Cam Newton down the stretch last year

    Pro Football Talk "Cam Newton’s sitting at home now, recovering from yesterday’s surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. But in December, he was playing out the string for a 5-8 team, while a high-profile teammate who had been cleared by doctors was a healthy scratch. Panthers..." March 31

  • Chad Pennington: Cam Newton's biggest rehab challenge will be mental

    ESPN "Few outside the medical profession probably understand what Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton faces after undergoing rotator cuff surgery more than Chad Pennington. The former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins quarterback had two rotator cuff surgeries on his throwing shoulder and four..." March 31

  • Bills' acquisitions of former Panthers reinforce McDermott's 'up-tempo' style

    Buffalo News "Ron Rivera knows. There's a pace thing that has been ingrained in the minds of every coach who has ever worked for Andy Reid. You have to do everything fast in practice. Move with urgency in each drill and between drills. No coasting. Ever. Rivera learned that as an assistant coach on Reid's..." March 30

  • Here’s why Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects tackle Michael Oher to play in 2017

    Charlotte Observer "After Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman expressed optimism about offensive tackle Michael Oher last week, head coach Ron Rivera took it a step further Wednesday, saying he expects Oher to play this year. “Talking to Michael and listening to Michael, I believe he’s going to play,” Rivera..." March 30

  • Cam Newton recovering after shoulder surgery "The process of recovery begins now for Cam Newton. The Panthers announced that their star quarterback is on the mend after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder in Charlotte on Thursday. "Head team physician Dr. Pat Connor performed surgery this morning at Carolinas Medical Center to..." March 30

  • Panthers trying to acquire No. 2 pick from 49ers

    Sportsnaut "The Carolina Panthers are rumored to be hot on the trail for the No. 2 overall pick, currently owned by the San Francisco 49ers. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee revealed he’s been hearing a lot of “talk/rumor about Carolina (picking at No. 8) trying to obtain 49ers’ No. 2 pick,” though he..." March 29

  • NFL concussion settlement takes nasty turn

    ESPN "The $1 billion NFL concussion settlement -- nearly six years in the making yet still to deliver a penny to former players and their families for brain injuries stemming from football -- is revealing the underbelly of the legal system to former players and their families. As they finally close..." March 29

  • Ron Rivera: Cam Newton must ‘rebuild his confidence,’ ‘was shook’ in 2016

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera didn’t sugarcoat the misery that was Cam Newton’s 2016 campaign speaking to reporters on Wednesday. “He’s gonna have to rebuild his confidence. I mean he was shook. Let’s be honest. I’m not going to lie about that,” Rivera said at the Annual League..." March 29

  • NFL: Concussions dropped by around 10 percent

    Fanrag Sports "According to the NFL, concussions dropped in 2016, falling by around 10 percent. That would make it appear that the strict concussion protocol has been working. Since the lawsuit, the NFL has been working to cut back on concussions. They originally rose with the new protocol, but the NFL..." March 28

  • 2017 NFL schedule: League reportedly hoping to unveil full schedule in late April

    CBS Sports "The release of the NFL schedule has become much more than an announcement with a long list of football games to be played in the future. It’s become a full-blown spectacle, with a three- or four-hour television program planned around it on multiple networks. This despite everyone already knowing..." March 28

  • Leaping block attempts on field goals, extra points expected to be banned

    ESPN "NFL owners are expected to pass a rule on Tuesday that will prohibit players from leaping over linemen to try to block field goal and extra-point attempts, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sources said the league feels the play is too dangerous and a player could get flipped over and..." March 28

  • NFL Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation Proposal

    NBC New York "NFL owners have given the Oakland Raiders the green light to continue with their current home in the East Bay in favor of Las Vegas. Stay tuned for updates. Monday could be the day many fans of the "Silver and Black" have feared for years. NFL owners stationed in Phoenix could vote as..." March 28

  • The NFL has an odd rule about refs visiting Las Vegas during the regular season

    CBS Sports "If the Raiders want to have an officiating crew at the first game they play in Las Vegas, then the NFL is going to have change one of its weirdest rules, which you probably didn’t even know about: NFL refs aren’t allowed to visit Sin City during the season. Under current league policy, every..." March 27