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  • Panthers use non-exclusive franchise tag on DT Kawaan Short

    ESPN "The Carolina Panthers on Monday used the "non-exclusive" franchise tag on defensive tackle Kawann Short. With the non-exclusive designation, Short can sign an offer sheet with another team and, if the Panthers decide not to match, they would receive two first-round picks as compensation. The..." February 27

  • Panthers re-sign team sack leader Mario Addison to 3-year deal

    ESPN "The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a new three-year deal with defensive end Mario Addison. "Mario has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract," general manager Dave Gettleman told the team website. "He consistently affects the quarterback,..." February 27

  • Panthers release Mike Tolbert "The Panthers have parted ways with veteran fullback Mike Tolbert. Tolbert, who had one year remaining on his contract, spent the last five seasons in Carolina, functioning primarily as a short-yardage back and receiving option out of the backfield in addition to his responsibilities as a..." February 21

  • Panthers release veteran defensive tackle Paul Soliai

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers like to keep themselves deep on the defensive line, but carved into that depth Tuesday. According to a tweet from his agent, the Panthers are releasing veteran defensive tackle Paul Soliai. The Panthers gave Soliai a two-year, $7 million contract last year, and there were times..." February 21

  • Victor Cruz visiting Panthers

    Pro Football Rumors "The Giants released wide receiver Victor Cruz last Monday, but it didn’t take long for the 30-year-old to garner serious interest on the open market. Cruz is visiting the Panthers today, according to Mike Garafolo of and Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer (Twitter links). Bill Voth of..." February 20

  • If tagged by the Panthers, will Kawann Short sign it?

    Pro Football Talk "With the franchise tag window open and an apple pie still slowly cooling on the ledge, the question becomes whether any of the players who ultimately receive the one-year payday that goes along with being blocked from the open market will view it as a turd sandwich. Guys like Kirk Cousins..." February 18

  • Panthers re-sign Amini Silatolu

    Charlotte Observer "With the addition of guard Amini Silatolu, the Panthers have begun its offseason re-stocking of the offensive line as free agency unfolds. Silatolu signed a one-year deal, the Panthers announced Friday. The team website reported that the 6-foot-4, 320-pound lineman was signed after Carolina saw..." February 17

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • Panthers president Morrison resigns

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers president Danny Morrison has resigned his post to pursue interests at the college level, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Morrison, the former athletics director at TCU and Wofford and one-time Southern Conference commissioner, joined the Panthers in 2009 as owner Jerry..." February 10

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Report: Panthers interested in Christian McCaffrey in first round

    Fanrag Sports "The Panthers’ long relationship with Jonathan Stewart is in its twilight years, and they look to be ready to bring in a potential successor. However, the timing could be interesting. Carolina has interest in Stanford multipurpose dynamo Christian McCaffrey, Cecil Lammey of Bleacher Report..." February 07

  • Jonathan Stewart appears to be in Panthers' plans for 2017

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart appears safe from being released – at least for now. Coach Ron Rivera mentioned Stewart by name last week on ESPN’s NFL Insiders when talking about ways to take the running load off quarterback Cam Newton during the 2017 season. “The biggest..." February 07

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Greg Olsen addresses why players avoid talking politics

    Pro Football Talk "When Friday’s PFT Live ended, the work was far from over. Plenty of players and coaches were making their way through Radio Row, so we kept the microphones on and the cameras rolling for as long as we could. One of our favorite guests — Panthers tight end Greg Olsen — was among the many who..." February 03

  • Ron Rivera says Panthers will 'probably have to tag' Kawann Short "The Carolina Panthers aren't about to let Kawann Short hit the open market. Coach Ron Rivera told ESPN on Thursday the Panthers will "probably have to tag" the free agent to be. \ The decision to tag Short won't come as a surprise. The 2015 All-Pro is reportedly seeking $17-19 million..." February 03

  • Cam Jordan likes to make Cam Newton complain to officials

    Pro Football Talk "Thursday’s PFT Live included a visit from Saints defensive end Cam Jordan. Cam Jordan talked about plenty of things, including the quarterback he most likes to sack. Coincidentally, his favorite target goes by the same first name. “I like to keep it in our division,” Jordan said. “I like..." February 02

  • Panthers fill out coaching staff with WR coach hire

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers filled out their coaching staff Thursday, hiring former Stanford running backs coach Lance Taylor to coach their wide receivers. He replaces Ricky Proehl, who resigned this year so he could spend more time watching his sons play college football." February 02

  • President Trump on Roger Goodell: ‘The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy’

    Sportsnaut "President Donald Trump isn’t one afraid to ruffle some feathers. It’s his outspoken attitude and ability to go away from the norm that caught the attention of those who voted him into office. As divisive as Trump himself might be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is an equally divisive figure..." February 01

  • Roger Goodell indicates NFL looking into cutting commercials during broadcasts

    Sportsnaut "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the public in a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. He covered many issues including the possibility of the league reducing the number of commercials during a game. The task at hand would be to shorten the time it takes to watch an entire NFL..." February 01

  • Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

    CBS Sports ""Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay. To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football." "They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning'

    USA Today "The NFL has fined multiple players this season for criticizing individual officials, and the head of the NFL Referees Association doesn’t want to see such incidents become a trend. Scott Green, the former NFL referee and recently appointed NFLRA executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on..." February 01

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • Is Panthers OT Michael Oher going to play in 2017?

    Charlotte Observer "Four months after entering the NFL’s concussion protocol, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher still has not been cleared from it, according to a source with knowledge of Oher’s situation. Oher has progressed to the point where he is working out and Panthers coach Ron Rivera..." January 29

  • Sold-out Pro Bowl means it surely will continue

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time, the NFL huffs and puffs about the quality of the Pro Bowl. But the Pro Bowl’s house isn’t going to be blown down any time soon. (Even though it should be.) This year, the NFL has offered standing-room only tickets at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, site of this year’s..." January 29

  • Will Julius Peppers return to Carolina Panthers in 2017?

    Charlotte Observer "While researching my column about the Carolina Panthers’ Hall of Honor and who is likely to gain entrance into it in the next decade or so, I came across these three items that rank somewhere between “absolute truth” and “informed rumor.” Let the speculation begin. 1. A Peppers return? I think..." January 28

  • NFL and medical marijuana: A Q&A with former Eagles OL Todd Herremans

    ESPN "The conversation about marijuana's place in the NFL is heating up. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the NFL Players Association is working on a proposal that would amend the current drug policy to take a "less punitive" approach to recreational marijuana use among players, and the..." January 28

  • The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth: Is it the crisis it's cracked up to be?

    SI "Oh, man, we’re about to get robbed. That was Ryan Murphy’s thought when the two sedans ominously pulled up on either side of the car he was sitting in. From the front passenger’s seat of the Ford Fusion parked at a gas station, he breathed a sigh of resignation and reached for his wallet...." January 28

  • Thomas Davis: McDermott will greatly improve Bills' D "After a down season in Carolina, veteran linebacker Thomas Davis watched the team lose another one of their best weapons. This time, it was defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who was hired as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills. "I hated to see him go," Davis said Thursday after NFC team..." January 26

  • Dave Gettleman: I won’t reach to take a tackle

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers offensive line was a problem for the team all season, leading coach Ron Rivera to refer to the unit as a “catastrophe” after a November loss to the Raiders. One of the factors in the team’s dismal play up front was the absence of left tackle Michael Oher for 13 games after a..." January 26

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • Ric Flair’s fair-weather fandom irks Panthers defensive end

    Charlotte Observer "Look, if you’re going to make someone mad, it probably shouldn’t be a 280-pound defensive lineman. But former “WWE Legend” Ric Flair, the “Nature Boy” who is billed from Charlotte, has directed his fandom toward the Carolina Panthers’ NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons, as he demonstrated in a..." January 22

  • Bills interview Panthers QBs coach Ken Dorsey for OC job

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers have lost one assistant coach to Buffalo this offseason, and now have another coach talking to the Bills. Carolina quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey interviewed Wednesday with former Panthers defensive coordinator and new Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott for the Bills'..." January 19

  • Carolina Panthers hold workout for former Georgia QB Aaron Murray

    Charlotte Observer "Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is working out for the Carolina Panthers today, according to two league sources. Murray, the SEC’s all-time leader in passing yards, completions and touchdowns, spent last season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad. But Murray was the only player..." January 18

  • Bo Jackson voices concern for Cam Newton, says hits to QB's head scare 'the hell out of me'

    ESPN "The ties between Bo Jackson and Cam Newton have gone beyond being Heisman Trophy-winning Auburn stars to concerns over concussions. Jackson told USA Today Sports that "it scares the hell out of me" every time he sees the Carolina Panthers quarterback take a hit to the head. Jackson, the 1985..." January 17

  • Graham Gano had surgery on his plant foot

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers kicker Graham Gano broke a bone in his left heel late in the regular season, which led to an amusing moment with coach Ron Rivera calling it a “ballerina” injury because the injury to his plant foot is similar to one commonly suffered by dancers. Gano tweeted a picture of himself with..." January 14

  • Panthers name Steve Wilks defensive coordinator "Head coach Ron Rivera’s right-hand man has been handed the responsibility of leading the Panthers’ defense. Steve Wilks, the Panthers’ assistant head coach the past two seasons, has been named defensive coordinator. The position had been held the past six seasons by Sean McDermott, who left to..." January 13

  • McDermott could make Panthers LB coach Bills defensive coordinator

    Buffalo News "With the news that Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will become the Bills' head coach, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that McDermott is likely to bring Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb to Buffalo to be his defensive coordinator. McDermott and Holcomb have worked together for..." January 12

  • Bills hire Panthers’ Sean McDermott as next head coach

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday afternoon report from Dan Graziano of ESPN, the Buffalo Bills have settled on a head coach so it appears. While ultimately electing to pass on interim head coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, the Bills will hire Carolina Panthers’ defensive coordinator Sean..." January 12

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Bills “Zeroing In” On Panthers DC Sean McDermott As Next Head Coach

    NFL Trade Rumors "Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports that the Bills are “zeroed in” on Panthers DC Sean McDermott to be their next head coach and could have something finalized in the next day or so. At the start of the Bills’ head-coaching search, many seemed to think it was a foregone conclusion that the..." January 11

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