Panthers Rumors & News

  • Thomas Davis: Cam Newton has 'matured' since SB interview "Cam Newton said this offseason he "hasn't peaked" as a football player. That growth must come not only on the field, but in increased maturity off it. The Carolina Panthers quarterback was denounced by many following his handling of a post-Super Bowl interview, in which he seemed to sulk and..." June 22

  • Cam Newton Fires Money Bombs In ATL Strip Club

    TMZ "Cam Newton showed off his arm strength inside an ATL strip club this week -- throwing wads of cash all over the stage ... with impressive velocity!! The Carolina Panthers QB hit up V Live in Atlanta ... and the place was going off! In fact, Cam was having so much fun, he got onstage and started..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Cam Newton: I haven’t peaked or climaxed in football

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton can’t even count the ways he can improve his game in the season after winning the NFL’s most valuable player award. There’s his completion percentage, which could stand to go up. He’s reading defenses better than ever before, Ron Rivera said, but he can..." June 20

  • Free agent CB Charles Tillman wants to rejoin Carolina Panthers after ACL recovery

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Veteran NFL cornerback Charles Tillman has only one team he wants to play for once he is fully recovered from the torn ACL that cost him a chance to play in the Super Bowl last season. "I just want to play for Carolina," Tillman said Saturday as he helped former Chicago Bears teammate Matt..." June 19

  • Kuechly, Benjamin, Benwikere will be ready for camp, Panthers coach Ron Rivera says

    Charlotte Observer "Several of the Carolina Panthers’ key players spent this week working mostly on the side and watching during the three-day minicamp in Charlotte. But Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, No. 1 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and starting cornerback Bené Benwikere are expected to be ready for..." June 18

  • Panthers' GM: Newton can improve if receivers are better

    Black and Blue Review "We've sure come a long way from the seven-second pause. Of course, there was never much substance to a storyline that was part media creation and part paranoid fan base. Three summers ago, when few in the Carolinas knew much about Dave Gettleman, they weren't yet aware the heavily-accented..." June 17

  • Panthers sign OT Michael Oher to 3-year contract extension

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers have signed offensive tackle Michael Oher to a three-year contract extension. The 30-year-old Oher is now under contract through the 2019 season. Financial terms were not announced Friday. Oher, a seven-year NFL veteran, was brought in on a trial basis last season,..." June 17

  • One-year extension puts Panthers’ Ron Rivera among NFL’s highest-paid coaches

    Charlotte Observer "The NFL’s reigning Coach of the Year is now among the league’s highest-paid coaches. Panthers coach Ron Rivera received a one-year contract extension that will pay him more than $6 million a year, a league source said Thursday. Rivera, who led the Panthers to a 17-2 record and a berth in..." June 16

  • Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman: Agents with big demands “can’t scare me”

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman won’t begrudge defensive tackle Kawann Short trying to match the deal Fletcher Cox just got from the Eagles. But Gettleman will expect Short to understand if it has to be from someone else. In an interview with Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review,..." June 15

  • Cam Newton hasn't looked sharp at Panthers' minicamp. Should we be concerned?

    Charlotte Observer "Ron Rivera has been keeping a running countdown of the days and weeks before the season opener at Denver, so the Carolina Panthers’ sixth-year coach can tell you his team has 86 days until its Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos. The Panthers still have a long way to go before diving deep..." June 14

  • Kawann Short shows up for mandatory minicamp

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short hasn’t felt like volunteering for extra work while his contract is being negotiated, but he’s looking to make more money, not give it away. According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Short reported to Bank of America Stadium this morning in advance..." June 13

  • Cam Newton on Super Bowl backlash: ‘I learned from it’

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton currently finds himself as the face of the league. He’s overtaken other young signal callers for this mantle primarily due to his performance a season ago and the divisiveness he brings to the game. Newton knows full well he’s in..." June 11

  • Cam Newton ditches dab, planning new celebration

    Black and Blue Review "This is not the most important news you'll read today. But alas ... The dab is dead. At least, for the guy who helped turn it into a pop culture phenomenon. "I have to put that aside," Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told WFNZ's Chris McClain and Jim Celania in an interview that..." June 09

  • Panthers “really trying to be smart” with Jonathan Stewart’s foot

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart missed a few games at the end of the regular season after spraining his left foot and then aggravated the injury during the Super Bowl 50 loss to the Broncos in February, setting up an offseason that saw the foot remain an issue. Coach Ron Rivera said..." June 07

  • Panthers Working on Contract Extension with Michael Oher

    Cat Scratch Reader "In a move that probably won't blindside anyone, the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers have begun talks on a contract extension with last years biggest free agent acquisition, LT Michael Oher. Oher is currently on the back end of a 2 year, $7m dollar deal, but certainly earned an..." June 07

  • Panthers Sign Mike Scifres

    Pro Football Rumors "Veteran punter Mike Scifres has found a new NFL home, as he’s agreed to a contract with the Panthers, the club announced. Carolina has waived fellow punter Michael Palardy in a corresponding move. Scifres sat on the free agent market for a little over a month before landing a new deal, having..." June 07

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • Josh Norman: I am not a product of Panthers’ pass rush

    Larry Brown Sports "Josh Norman seemingly came out of nowhere last season to emerge as an All-Pro and one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. While the Washington Redskins signed him to a contract worth $15 million per season, some have wondered if Norman’s sudden success was a result of a dominant Carolina Panthers..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Kalil signs contract extension "Five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season. Kalil's previous contract, a five-year extension signed in 2011, was set to expire following the 2016 season. A second-round draft choice out of Southern California in 2007, Kalil has been..." June 06

  • The NFL is still stunned by Josh Norman’s sudden split from the Panthers

    Washington Post "Josh Norman has long since landed on his feet, having signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins in late April after the Carolina Panthers made their Pro Bowl cornerback a free agent by abruptly rescinding the franchise player tag they’d placed on him. The Panthers began..." June 06

  • Panthers' Rivera concerned sideline video will create competitive imbalance

    The Score "As rules currently stand, teams are able to utilize tablets on the sidelines during games to look at still images of plays, but cannot use them to review game film. However, with technology becoming more and more integrated into football, it appears only a matter of time before coaches can use..." June 04

  • Bears Signing OT Nate Chandler

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bears are signing OT Nate Chandler to a contract. The Bears apparently brought in Chandler along with veteran OT Jake Long for workouts on Thursday. However, it appears as though Chandler was the more impressive of the two. Chandler just recently..." June 02

  • Panthers Fan Suing Jerry Jones After Getting Choked Out at Game

    Black Sports Online "Remember the Carolina Panthers fan that was put into a sleeper hold at Cowboys Stadium last season? Well, John Small from Asheville, NC is seeking $25,000 in damages for the incident which sparked conversation about fan behavior at NFL games. ." June 02

  • Are Saints interested in bringing back Roman Harper?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints might consider signing veteran safety Roman Harper, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. Marvez floated the possibility in a tweet Wednesday night. Harper played the first eight years of his career with the Saints and has spent the last two with the Carolina..." June 02

  • Kelvin Benjamin trying “not to baby” knee in return to field

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers had wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on the practice field for the first time in almost a year last week when he joined the team at Thursday’s OTA session. Benjamin was back at it on Tuesday and said after the workout that it feels good to be on the field after such an extended..." May 31

  • Ron Rivera explains why the Panthers had to cut Josh Norman

    Fox Sports "The Panthers dropped Josh Norman out of a moving vehicle in April. No fanfare. No ceremony. Just a bowling ball pitch out the passenger-side door, for reasons that have all but been confirmed to hinge heavily on money. Norman, who's since signed a $75 million contract with the Washington..." May 31

  • Panthers' Tre Boston misses Josh Norman, but 'we've got to move on'

    ESPN "The Carolina Panthers miss cornerback Josh Norman. Nobody debates that. From head coach Ron Rivera to middle linebacker Luke Kuechly to free safety Tre Boston, not having the 2015 Pro Bowl selection around during organized team activities has been an adjustment. To many, it was a surprise..." May 30

  • Panthers' Ginn won't slow down: 'I don't know what 'lose a step' means'

    The Score "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn has always been known as one of the league's fastest receivers, but during his nine-year career, he's rarely been able to translate it into production. However, that changed in 2015. Ginn enjoyed a career year as one of the focal points of Carolina's..." May 28

  • Kelvin Benjamin practices for 1st time since tearing ACL

    The Score "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin practiced Thursday for the first time since tearing his ACL in last year's training camp. Benjamin participated in individual drills, but skipped 11-on-11 work. That's likely because the Panthers want to be extremely cautious in easing their 2014..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Panthers coach confident with trio of rookie cornerbacks

    The Score "After rescinding Josh Norman's franchise tag and releasing Brandon Boykin a month after signing him, the Carolina Panthers are going to be asking a lot of their rookie cornerbacks The Panthers selected three players to help fill the void of their lost veterans. James Bradberry was selected in..." May 23

  • Panthers SLB Shaq Thompson was involved in a car crash Sunday morning in North Carolina

    Black and Blue Review "Former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone is in a Charlotte hospital after a car accident involving Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident occurred Sunday at 7:45 a.m. in Weddington, N.C. Boone and Thompson, who don't know each..." May 23

  • Panthers sign WRs Byrd, Palmer "The Panthers have signed free agents LaRon Byrd and Tobais Palmer, a pair of journeyman wide receivers from ACC schools. To make room on the 90-roster man, Carolina waived rookie tight ends Andrew Bonnet and Jake McGee. Byrd played at the University of Miami and has spent time with six..." May 21

  • Ron Rivera says Cam Newton has ‘an awful lot of room to grow’

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton helped lead his team to 15 regular season wins and a Super Bowl appearance this past season. And while Newton delighted fans all season long by handing out souvenirs and tallying a ridiculous 45 touchdowns, head coach Ron Rivera acknowledged his..." May 19

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • Gas station shooting victim is nephew of Glenville football coach Ted Ginn Sr.

    Fox 8 Cleveland "The victim shot and killed at an East Cleveland gas station Wednesday night has been identified as Diamond Russell, a senior at Ginn Academy. Ted Ginn Sr., Glenville High School's football coach, confirmed to Fox 8's Jack Shea that Russell is his nephew. Russell was a football player set to..." May 19

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • Panthers release Brandon Boykin two months after signing him

    CBS Sports "The Carolina Panthers released Brandon Boykin on Monday, becoming the third team in just over 10 months to cut ties with him. Boykin signed with Carolina in late March after spending the 2015 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was expected to be the Panthers' slot cornerback and to compete..." May 16

  • Cam Newton comes to the rescue after Oprah's boyfriend forgets his shoes

    The Score "Oprah Winfrey found herself in a bit of a jam while in Charlotte on Sunday to speak at a graduation ceremony, so naturally, she called Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, forgot one of his size-15 shoes. Fortunately, Newton was able to lend..." May 16

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16

  • Panthers cut CB Brandon Boykin after signing him in March

    Charlotte Observer "Less than two months after signing him to compete for the nickel cornerback position, the Carolina Panthers cut Brandon Boykin on Monday. The move comes after rookie minicamp when Carolina’s three drafted cornerbacks debuted. Panthers coach Ron Rivera spoke highly of their start, and clearly..." May 16

  • Panthers pleased with rookie cornerbacks, feel no urgency to sign a veteran

    Charlotte Observer "With Jerraud Powers signing with Baltimore, Antonio Cromartie and Leon Hall now head the list of available veteran cornerbacks. But after Carolina drafted three corners last month, the Panthers are not in the market. Coach Ron Rivera left open the possibility the Panthers could add a cornerback..." May 15

  • Panthers sign first-rounder Vernon Butler, wrap up draft class

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers will take the field for their first rookie minicamp later this morning, and when they do, their entire draft class will be signed. The team announced that first-round pick Vernon Butler had signed, wrapping up the last of the deals with their five picks." May 13

  • Josh Norman in D.C.: ‘I Can Have It All Here’

    SI "Thunderclouds dim a sleepy Monday afternoon in the nation’s capital, and with Congress in recess, D.C.’s newest power player roams the Capitol building undisturbed. Josh Norman, the cornerback who commanded a five-year, $75 million contract from the Redskins after a cyclonic few days of free..." May 12