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Panthers SLB Thomas Davis confirms he and the team are working on a contract extension.

Davis' contract is set to expire after this season. He's currently scheduled to count $9.9 million against the cap. Davis, 32, has already said he'll only play for the Panthers after they stuck by him through his thrice-torn ACL. He's rebounded well, grading out as PFF's No. 5-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker in 2014.
Apr 17 - 9:36 AM

The Charlotte Observer expects Charles Tillman to start opposite Josh Norman.

Tillman is expected to play the outside in base sets, with Bene Benwikere moving to the slot. Entering his age-34 season, Tillman should improve the Panthers' secondary if he can stay healthy. Injuries have limited Tillman to 10 games over the last two seasons.
Apr 11 - 5:17 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with CB Peanut Tillman, formerly of the Bears, on a one-year contract.

The 34-year-old is reuniting with ex-Bears DC Ron Rivera. Tillman played for Rivera three of his first four years in the league. Tillman was one of the league's very best corners in 2012, but biceps injuries have limited him to just 10 combined appearances over the past two seasons. Snaps will be there for the taking in Carolina's malleable secondary, but Tillman will have to stay healthy before anything else. His age and injury history mean his spot on the 53-man roster is not assured. All 156 of Tillman's NFL games have come in a Bears uniform.
Apr 9 - 3:55 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports free agent CB Peanut Tillman is expected to sign with the Panthers following Thursday's visit.

Tillman would be reuniting his old Bears defensive boss in Ron Rivera. Now 34 and coming off two injury-ruined seasons, Tillman would be little more than a flier for the value-conscious Panthers.
Apr 9 - 3:31 PM

The Panthers will host free agent Charles Tillman on Thursday.

"Peanut" is tight with Ron Rivera from their Bears days together, and suits GM Dave Gettleman's profile as a reclamation project who will likely take a cheap, one-year deal. Beset by triceps injuries, Tillman has played in just 10 games the past two seasons. He turned 34 years old this past February.
Apr 8 - 10:05 PM

Panthers signed LB Jason Trusnik, formerly of the Dolphins, to a one-year contract.

An eight-year veteran, Trusnik played both inside and out for the Dolphins last season, logging 397 snaps. He appeared in all 16 games, making six starts. He'll be a run-stopping specialist and special teamer in Carolina.
Mar 31 - 3:20 PM

Panthers signed RB Jordan Todman, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year contract.

Todman didn't get a restricted free agent tender from the Jags even though they only have Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart atop their depth chart. So Todman will fight for a roster spot in Carolina, where they'll continue to add backs behind Jonathan Stewart. Todman, a bit undersized at 5-10/198, does bring some added value as a solid primary kick return candidate.
Mar 30 - 12:31 PM

Mike Remmers is expected to open training camp as the Panthers' right tackle.

Remmers made seven starts (including playoffs) last year, grading out as a top-30 pass blocker by PFF. He should face competition from Nate Chandler and Jonathan Martin. Michael Oher is the current favorite to start at left tackle.
Mar 28 - 5:21 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said at the NFL owners' meetings that the Panthers would like to limit Jonathan Stewart to around 15 carries a game in 2015.

It makes sense based on Stewart's injury history. Rivera insisted Carolina wants to maintain a two-back system with Stewart handling 15 runs a game and the No. 2 runner handling 8-10. "Running back has definitely been proven that you’ve got to have a good two-back tandem," said Rivera. "And that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for that complement to Jonathan." The Panthers have been linked to Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman during the pre-draft phrase.
Mar 28 - 9:19 AM

Panthers claimed OT Jonathan Martin off waivers from the 49ers.

The 42nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, Martin's name has long been bigger than his game. He's struggled mightily in stints with the Dolphins and 49ers, and generated negative publicity for "outing" Richie Incognito as a "bully" during the 2013 BullyGate Scandal in Miami. The Panthers are searching at tackle, claiming Martin and signing Michael Oher to a cheap two-year deal. They'll continue to add talent in the draft.
Mar 27 - 4:22 PM

Panthers signed WR Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract.

Boykin, 25, lost the third receiver role to Davante Adams in Green Bay last season after posting a 49-681-3 receiving line in 2013. Boykin stands 6-foot-2, 217 with 4.74 speed, so he's essentially a younger version of Jerricho Cotchery at this point. Boykin is viable offseason depth, but Carolina needs to keep searching for a No. 2 wideout upgrade opposite Kelvin Benjamin.
Mar 27 - 1:52 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are "very excited" to see Stephen Hill in OTAs and minicamp.

"With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do," Rivera continued. "He might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us." Hill spent all of last season on Carolina's practice squad. He'll have a good chance to make the team this summer.
Mar 27 - 10:35 AM

49ers waived OT Jonathan Martin.

The "Bullygate" victim lasted only one season in San Francisco. Reunited with his college coach Jim Harbaugh, Martin played 661 snaps across 15 appearances (nine starts), but was among the least-effective tackles in the league. With his mentor in Harbaugh now gone, the 49ers apparently didn't see the point in keeping Martin around. Martin is still only 26 (in August), but has never been an effective NFLer.
Mar 26 - 4:38 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said spending last season on the practice squad allowed Stephen Hill to relax and focus on catching the football.

With the Panthers adding only Ted Ginn at receiver so far this offseason, Hill will have a full summer in Carolina's camp to try and earn a roster spot. Rivera pointed out Hill's size and speed on Wednesday as assets that could "help" the team. The Panthers are dying for a speed complement to Kelvin Benjamin. Not yet 24 years old, Hill could be that guy.
Mar 25 - 11:28 AM

Free agent LB Jason Trusnik is visiting the Jets.

Trusnik logged 397 snaps last season, mostly playing at inside linebacker. A non-existent pass rusher who struggles in coverage, Trusnik's main focus is run-stopping. Defending the run was one of the few things New York did well last season. Trusnik would merely be a depth signing behind starters David Harris and Demario Davis.
Mar 25 - 8:51 AM

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