Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers assigned the franchise tag to DT Kawann Short.

It's a move the Panthers admitted was all but inevitable earlier this month. Short's non-exclusive tag is worth approximately $14.77 million. One of the league's very best interior linemen, Short would have been the subject of an intense bidding war on the open market. He's rumored to be seeking $17-$19 million per season in long-term talks. Short turned 28 on Feb. 2. With Star Lotulelei's contract up after 2017 and 2016 first-rounder Vernon Butler on the rise, Short could have only one year left in Carolina.
Feb 27 - 1:58 PM

Panthers re-signed DE Wes Horton to a two-year contract.

Horton was waived by the Panthers at final cuts last year, but re-signed with the team in October and supplanted Kony Ealy as an early-down starter in Week 8. Horton managed 15 combined sacks, hits, and hurries on 331 snaps. Ideally, Horton will be part of a rotation and not counted on to start.
Feb 27 - 11:47 AM

Panthers re-signed DE Mario Addison to a three-year, $22.5 million contract.

He got $11.5 million guaranteed. Addison isn't a household name, but he is a big keep for Carolina. The 29-year-old rotational edge rusher led the Panthers in sacks (9.5) last season and has at least six quarterback takedowns in three straight years. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's two biggest offseason priorities were retaining Addison and free agent DT Kawann Short. Short will almost certainly be franchise tagged by Wednesday's deadline.
Feb 26 - 5:04 PM

Darrel Young could replace Mike Tolbert as the Panthers' fullback.

Young wasn't in the league last season after getting cut by the Bears, but he resurfaced on a futures deal with Carolina. Young had success as a lead blocker and short-yardage option during a seven-year stint in Washington. Young is younger and cheaper than Tolbert, whom the Panthers released last week.
Feb 26 - 10:19 AM

Impending free agent LB A.J. Klein told SiriusXM NFL Radio he is looking for a starting job.

The comment all but rules out a return to the Panthers, who are set with Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Shaq Thompson. Klein has played an important role as an injury replacement the last couple seasons, however. Considering Davis' age and Kuechly's concussion history, the Panthers will need to replace Klein. The 25-year-old should be given a chance to compete for a starting job with several linebacker-needy teams in the market.
Feb 23 - 8:44 AM

Panthers signed OG Amini Silatolu to a one-year contract.

Silatolu, 28, spent last season out of the league after failing to make the Bears out of camp. Before Chicago, Silatolu spent four years in Carolina after being a 2012 second-round pick. Health has been his biggest hurdle.
Feb 17 - 10:58 AM

Panthers contract-year RG Trai Turner has signed with Rosenhaus Sports.

Players typically sign with Drew and Jason Rosenhaus' sports agency in anticipation of a big extension. A high-dollar deal is almost certainly in Turner's future after back-to-back Pro Bowl selections. Turner turns 24 in June.
Feb 10 - 1:57 PM

Panthers re-signed LB Ben Jacobs to a two-year contract.

Jacobs is merely a special teams player who was slated to be a restricted free agent. He's been bouncing on and off the roster the past four years.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 10:20 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the offense has to get Jonathan Stewart "rolling."

"The biggest thing, our realization is that our primary runner cannot be our quarterback," Rivera said. "We’ve got to get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling. We’ve got to put it in our backs’ hands and get the ball to our playmakers." There has been speculation the Panthers will move on from Stewart, but Rivera mentioning him by name suggests he remains in Carolina's plans. That said, it will not be a surprise if the Panthers add another running back this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 9:17 AM

Speaking Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed LT Michael Oher remains in the league's concussion protocol.

Rivera said Oher is "progressing," for whatever that's worth. Oher has been sidelined since September. It's a scary situation.
Feb 2 - 3:57 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera concedes the team will probably have to use the franchise tag on impending free agent DT Kawann Short.

The No. 44 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Short has been a beast in the middle of the Panthers' defense. Short is supposedly seeking $17-$19 million per season. The Panthers could be perfectly content to kick the can down the road to 2018, as DT Star Lotulelei's contract is up after next season and 2016 first-rounder Vernon Butler is developing.
Feb 2 - 2:30 PM

The Denver Post suggests the Broncos could make a run at free agent Ted Ginn.

The Broncos want an upgrade on returns, and could also use Ginn as a deep threat to play alongside Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. From a fantasy standpoint, staying in Carolina would still be Ginn's best option. Turning 32 in April, this may be Ginn's final shot at a lucrative contract. Ginn is coming off a 54-752-4 receiving season and remains one of the NFL's fastest players.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 30 - 4:48 PM

Panthers LT Michael Oher has not yet cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.

It's more than a little concerning four months after Oher went down. The Panthers may have to approach the offseason as if anything they get from Oher is a bonus for 2017. "I haven’t spoken to Michael in a little bit," GM Dave Gettleman admitted. "I haven’t texted with him in a little bit. I want to back off and leave him alone. Because we want what’s best for Michael, really and truly."
Jan 29 - 1:31 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said he still doesn't know the status of LT Michael Oher (concussion) for 2017.

Gettleman said he's going to look at tackles in free agency and the draft, sounding like a guy who isn't willing to tie himself to Oher. Oher missed the final 13 games of this past season after suffering a concussion in Week 2. Shoring up the offensive line should be atop Gettleman's offseason to-do list.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 27 - 9:29 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton considers the franchise tag a possibility for impending free agent DT Kawann Short.

There are a lot of directions the Panthers could go at defensive tackle. 2013 first-rounder Star Lotulelei is heading into the final year of his deal and will also be looking for a long-term contract. And 2016 first-rounder Vernon Butler may be ready to step up but could use another year of development. Letting Short walk isn't out of the realm of possibilities for GM Dave Gettleman in a deep draft class. Short is expected to ask for $17-19 million annually on a new contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 10:02 AM


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