PANTHERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

The (Vernon) Butler did it! Carolina Panthers snag talented defensive lineman with 30th pick

The Carolina Panthers will still need to find a cornerback to replace Josh Norman, but they made a statement with the 30th pick when they drafted Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler. On film, Butler is a complete animal.  He has a rare physical skill set and teaming him with Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei will give the Panthers a formidable defensive line rotation.  The Panthers...
Via EndZoneScore
20 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Four potential targets for the Carolina Panthers in rounds two and three

The Carolina Panthers selected Vernon Butler out of Louisiana Tech University with their first-round pick Friday night. Butler adds depth to the Panthers already ferocious defensive line while further helping the team with their future cap space by ensuring they’ll have a long-term option at defensive tackle. As we transition into the second and third rounds today, the Panthers...
Via isportsweb.com
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft 2016: Seven teams called Panthers about No. 30 pick

The Carolina Panthers ended up selecting Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler with their first round pick Thursday night. However, it seems like the Panthers might not have been sticking around at No. 30 before actually making the pick. According to Josh Norris of NBC Sports, seven teams called the Panthers about possibly trading into that spot late in the first round. However...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Draft day excitement

That day is upon us once again and the Carolina Panthers are gearing up for the first round. The NFL Draft for college hopefuls is the biggest day of their lives. Who will be first? With the first pick, do you handle offense, defense or special teams on draft day? The Panthers should take a running back in the first round. They should try and trade up to get Derrick Henry who will...
Via cover32
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cam Newton says he let people down with post-SB presser

The press conference Cam Newton conducted following the Carolina Panthers’ loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 generated as much discussion afterward than arguably how he played in the game itself. The quarterback was criticized and castigated for what critics suggested was surly behavior being exhibited by a sore loser. While Newton briefly addressed his behavior during...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers 2016 NFL Draft first round preview and prediction

The 2016 NFL draft is upon us. Beginning tomorrow night, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, you can catch all the action and follow the future stars of the National Football League. The CarolinaPanthers will attempt to add depth at key positions in order to hopefully fuel another run to the Super Bowl. In the previous weeks numerous people, myself included, have speculated on who the...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen to drive pace car at Sprint All-Star Race

NASCAR and the National Football League will cross paths at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.The track announced on Tuesday that Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will be the honorary pace car driver for the Sprint All-Star Race on May 21.The two-time Pro Bowler (2014-15) collected 77 receptions for 1,104 yards and seven touchdown during the 2015 regular season.Olsen also had...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina: Chess pieces being moved before the draft

The Carolina Panthers, along with the 31 other teams in the league are moving chess pieces. The NFL Draft is just two days away. Teams are getting their deals together on who they want and who will be where on their chess board of players. During the draft, the Panthers have six picks. They have one pick in each round 1 through 5. They traded their sixth round pick to the Chicago...
Via cover32
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Olsen: Panthers' focus not on return to Super Bowl right now

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen knows the NFC champion Carolina Panthers are making a huge mistake if they assume they're getting back to the Super Bowl next season. History hasn't been kind to Super Bowl losers. It has been 23 years since the team that fell short in the Super Bowl has returned to play for the championship the following season - the Buffalo Bills...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Norman made last-minute attempt to sign franchise tag

Josh Norman claims he would still be with the Carolina Panthers if he had not been left in the dark by the team and his agent after the franchise tag was placed on him. On Monday, Norman told David Newton of ESPN.com that he made a last-minute effort to sign the franchise tag or work out a one-year deal with the Panthers after the team rescinded the offer. “My agent called them...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers reportedly offered 4 year, $44 million contract to Josh Norman

The past few days have been really crazy for Carolina Panthers fans and for defensive back Josh Norman. It was a total shock to everyone when the Panthers decided to rescind the franchise tag offer from Norman, who would eventually sign with the Washington Redskins. Many wondered if the Panthers even gave Norman an offer before pulling the franchise tag, but it looks like they did...
Via No Guts, No Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers ruined their Super Bowl chances

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has proved to be ingenious, yet ruthless since taking over as the general manager in 2013. From cutting perhaps the greatest Panther of all time, Steve Smith, to displaying a reluctance to convince the greatest offensive lineman in Panthers history, Jordan Gross, to delay his retirement, Gettleman is cut-throat to say the least. However...
Via EndZoneScore
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cam Newton jumps fence at schoolyard to play football with students

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made the day of a bunch of seventh-grade students at Community School of Davidson in North Carolina. According to a report by Anna Starnes of wsoctv.com, Newton was driving by the school and saw one of the kids on the playground wearing his No. 1 football jersey. This is when Newton decided to stop the car and jump the fence at the school...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cam Newton jumps in on a middle school pickup football game

Cam Newton is just a big kid inside, so when he sees a seventh grader in a Cam Newton jersey playing football, well, he just has to join in on the fun. Anna Starnes of WSOC-TV relayed the story of how Newton was driving along Friday past the Community School of Davidson in Davidson, N.C. when he spotted a student wearing his jersey on the playground. The Panthers quarterback stopped...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Josh Norman signs with Washington Redskins

Josh Norman was not a free agent for long, as the former Carolina Panthers cornerback has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins, per Rand Getlin of NFL Network. Ian Rapoport provided these details on the contract: Josh Norman's 5-year, $75M deal with the #Redskins includes $50M in guarantees, source said. Wow. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2016 This will...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers withdraw their franchise tag on Josh Norman

Yesterday, the Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag they placed on Josh Norman that guaranteed him $13.952 million for the 2016 season. The Pro Bowl cornerback received the tag March 1, but had not signed the dotted line so he was not officially part of the team. With the offer withdrawn, Norman becomes an unrestricted free agent. “No doors have been shut. We respect Josh...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers GM explains puzzling decision to part ways with Josh Norman

The Carolina Panthers stunned the football world on Wednesday when they rescinded their franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman, making him an unrestricted free agent.Norman, a first-team All-Pro this past season, was a standout performer on the Panthers' defense during their run to a 15-1 regular-season record and an NFC championship. He had four interceptions (two returned for...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers Hurt Super Bowl Chances in 2016

The Carolina Panthers were the surprise team of 2015, completing a 15-1 season and cruising through the playoffs until they eventually lost to a Denver Broncos team that held Carolina to their lowest scoring total of the season in Super Bowl 50.  The team is full of Pro Bowlers from Cam Newton and Greg Olsen to Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly.  However, a key player in the Panthers’...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Norman has already heard from 8-9 teams since release

Josh Norman has already heard from about a quarter of the NFL since the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag on Wednesday. Norman was franchise-tagged by the Panthers this offseason and could have made nearly $14 million if he signed his tender. However, the top cornerback wanted a long-term deal and was likely to turn into a problem for Carolina if they did not give him...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

CB Norman a free agent, Panthers rescind franchise tag offer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Josh Norman, one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, is now an unrestricted free agent after the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded their non-exclusive franchise tag offer to the All-Pro. Norman did not sign the franchise tag offer from the Panthers which would have paid him $13.9 million in 2016. Now he can sign with any team. Panthers general manager Dave...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

With Josh Norman possibly leaving, should Carolina target Mackensie Alexander in the draft?

The Carolina Panthers made a bold statement to free agent and All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman that they will not be held hostage in negotiations over a long-term deal.  The Panthers rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag they placed on Norman and now is an unrestricted free agent. Newest free agent on the market?@J_No24. https://t.co/huwaOtWTMa — NFL (@NFL) April 20, 2016 ...
Via EndZoneScore
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers drop tag on Josh Norman, stunningly making him a free agent

In a stunning turn of events, the Carolina Panthers have rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on star cornerback Josh Norman on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent. Norman was named to his first Pro Bowl last season, finishing with four interceptions. One of the best cover corners in the league, Norman now hits the open market with clubs in need of help in the secondary.
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Top five players in Carolina Panthers history

In 1995, the NFL introduced two new expansion teams into the league: the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers. In their first two seasons of existence, both teams made  huge roar, advancing to their respective conference championship games and falling just short of having one of the most improbable Super Bowl matchups of all time. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw the most...
Via Campus Sports Net
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cam Newton looks dangerous playing water polo

Marco? Polo? Neither, it’s Cam Newton. Even though he’s off the gridiron, Newton is no “fish out of water.” He looks to be in tip-top shape while playing water polo in Los Alamitos, California. This photo was shared via USA Water Polo on Twitter. You can see that Newton is sporting his No. 1 cap, but what’s capturing people’s attention is the powerful frame he is...
Via Rumors and Rants
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson hopes former Panthers teammate Greg Hardy gets second chance

Greg Hardy’s media rehabilitation tour didn’t get off to a fast start earlier this week in his interview that made both him and Adam Schefter look iffy, but former Carolina Panthers teammate Charles Johnson hopes Hardy gets a second chance in the NFL. The 27-year-old Hardy is still a free agent after completing a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys last season. Prior to that...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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