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The NFL will not receive court documents from free agent DE Greg Hardy's trial for domestic violence.

The NFL filed a motion to unseal evidence from Hardy's July 2014 conviction on two counts of domestic violence. Hardy's conviction was dismissed on appeal, but the NFL is attempting to be thorough in its investigation after bungling the Ray Rice situation last offseason. Following Adrian Peterson's successful appeal, Hardy hopes to be reinstated before free agency begins on March 10.
Feb 28 - 10:21 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports free agent Greg Hardy is seeking "immediate reinstatement" following Thursday's ruling in the Adrian Peterson case.

Independent arbiter David Doty has ruled the league's new domestic-violence policy can't be applied retroactively, leaving Hardy's placement on the commissioner's exempt list in violation of the CBA. It's still up to the league to actually reinstate Hardy, however, while it might continue its quixotic legal quest. Hopefully there is clarity by this time next week.
Feb 26 - 2:23 PM

Thursday's reversal of Adrian Peterson's suspension is expected to affect the Greg Hardy case.

Neutral arbiter David Doty ruled the league's new domestic-violence policy could not be applied retroactively, so it's all but certain Hardy's ban will be thrown out the window sometime in the next 48 hours. Hardy was seeking resolution of his status before March 5. This being the NFL, there could always be complications, but Hardy's case is finally near an end.
Feb 26 - 1:33 PM

The Associated Press confirms that the Panthers have informed free agent LT Byron Bell that he will not be re-signed.

Bell himself alluded to the news on social media Monday. Thrust into left-tackle duties last season following the retirement of Jordan Gross, Bell struggled mightily. He'll search for work as a right or swing tackle. Bell has dabbled at guard in the past, but always struggled on the inside.
Feb 24 - 3:15 PM

Free agent LT Byron Bell announced on his Instagram that he will not be back with the Panthers in 2015.

The caption reads, "It's been real in Carolina now time to see where the Lord takes me next." The fact Carolina wouldn't even consider Bell for a backup role shows just how poorly he played in 2014. Look for the Panthers to add a tackle early on draft day.
Feb 23 - 6:02 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner suggests free agent Greg Hardy could be a fit for the Bengals.

Aside from all the off-field baggage, Hardy is a dominant pass rusher and would fill a huge need on the Bengals' talent-starved defensive line. It wouldn't be the first time the Bengals took a chance on a player with a checkered past. (Pacman Jones' name comes to mind). With a suspension looming, 26-year-old Hardy is sure to come at a reduced rate.
Feb 22 - 9:18 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers have opened extension talks with Cam Newton.

The Panthers met with Newton's agent at the Combine, but there isn't any rush to get a deal done. Newton is expected to let Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck reset the market for quarterbacks before his next contract. Carolina has Newton signed through 2015 after exercising his fifth-year option.
Feb 21 - 8:03 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said at the Combine that he recently met with Cam Newton, and he's "as healthy as he's been for a long time."

The list of injuries Cam dealt with in 2014 is almost too long to document, but his health should be of little or no concern for 2015. A top-five fantasy quarterback in each of his first three NFL seasons, Newton dipped to 17th last year, but did rank eighth in per-game scoring. He could be a value pick in 2015 fantasy drafts. Newton turns 26 years old this May.
Feb 19 - 2:53 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman says he hasn't spoken with free agent Greg Hardy since his suspension, and that he's had "minimal" contact with his player rep.

In other words, Hardy won't be returning to Carolina. Gettleman went so far as to call Hardy a "ticking time bomb." Bleacher Report's Jason Cole has reported Hardy is still facing another suspension in 2015. That will greatly complicate his free agency, especially if his status remains unresolved on March 10.
Feb 19 - 2:48 PM

According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the "feeling is" the league is going to do "everything it can" to ensure free agent Greg Hardy serves "some kind of suspension."

Domestic-violence charges against Hardy were dropped after the alleged victim failed to show up in court, but the league apparently wants to make an example of Hardy following last year's Ray Rice fiasco. Hardy has already served a 15-game ban, sitting out the final 16 weeks of 2014. Cole reports Hardy would like to have his status resolved by March 5 so he can talk to teams during the legal tampering period.
Feb 17 - 6:43 PM

The NFL has filed a petition to have the protective order lifted off free agent DE Greg Hardy's domestic violence trial.

The case against Hardy was dismissed on appeal, but the league is interested in seeing the evidence that led to his conviction on two counts of domestic violence last July. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported it is "extremely unlikely" Hardy faces any further punishment, but this action by the league suggests they are at least looking into it. Hardy is still on the commissioner's exempt list.
Source: USA Today
Feb 14 - 9:35 AM

Panthers re-signed OL Chris Scott.

It's a one-year deal. Scott appeared in just eight games last year. He gives the Panthers some versatility with the ability to play both guard and tackle. Scott will compete for one of the Panthers' final roster spots.
Feb 13 - 8:49 PM

Jonathan Stewart played 46.4 percent of snaps in 2014, easily the most of any Panthers running back.

That percentage improved to 68.6 over Carolina's last six games. The Panthers went 5-1 during that stretch with J-Stew averaging a robust 99 rushing yards per contest. Stewart was a bright spot in an otherwise ordinary Panthers offense and seemed to get better as the season went on. Assuming the Panthers cut ties with DeAngelo Williams, Stewart should be close to an every down back in 2015.
Feb 13 - 3:49 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports it's "extremely unlikely" that free agent DE Greg Hardy faces "any kind of further punishment" from the league.

Per Cole, the league could go digging into Hardy's reported settlement with the victim of his summer assault, but it's unlikely the shield could get something it could use. Barring any unforeseen developments, Hardy should soon come off the commissioner's exempt list, and hit free agency as scheduled on March 10.
Feb 9 - 1:24 PM

The state has dismissed both domestic abuse charges against free agent DE Greg Hardy.

Hardy was convicted by a judge last summer of assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend. He appealed the ruling and was scheduled to begin a jury trial Monday. But the state could not locate accuser Nicole Holder since November despite "extraordinary" efforts to find her, efforts that included surveillance. Hardy could still face punishment from the NFL even though he spent 15 games (plus the playoffs) on the commissioner's exempt list, but getting the charges dismissed takes some of the stink off. Hardy is our No. 4 edge defender available in free agency, behind only Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes and Jason Pierre-Paul. Avoiding criminal conviction will help get the 26-year-old paid in a big way even though the Panthers are not expected to be among the bidders.
Feb 9 - 10:15 AM

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