Player News - Panthers

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Jonathan Stewart thinks it is a "good thing" if the Panthers draft a running back.

"You always want fresh legs. Fresh legs mean a lot, especially in the fourth quarter," Stewart said. "Definitely open arms to get somebody in here that wants to win and understands that." It is a team-first mindset from Stewart, who just signed a one-year extension through 2018. It will be a shock if the Panthers do not draft a running back, but unless that pick comes in the first couple rounds, Stewart should enter training camp as the lead back.
Mar 25 - 1:54 PM

Panthers signed QB Garrett Gilbert to a one-year contract.

Gilbert spent a week on the Raiders' practice squad last season. He'll give the Panthers a camp arm with Cam Newton sidelined from shoulder surgery.
Mar 24 - 4:36 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said Michael Oher remains in the league's concussion protocol.

Oher has been in the protocol for six months but seems to be progressing. He's been active in the weight room, working out at the Panthers' facility five times a week. "His workouts right now are not for the faint of heart," said Gettleman. "He’s down there grunting like everybody else." Oher still has a long road to recovery but at least it looks like he's heading in the right direction.
Mar 24 - 1:49 PM

The Panthers will exercise WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year team option for 2018.

It's a no-brainer. While Benjamin tore his ACL in 2015 and had a down 2016, he's still a big talent in a wide receiver corps that otherwise lacks it. Benjamin turned 26 in February and is under team control through his age-27 year. He should benefit from a healthy offseason and needs Cam Newton to bounce back to his MVP level of play. Benjamin is a fantasy WR3 with big upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 11:52 AM

Panthers signed RB Jonathan Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018.

Stewart turned 30 earlier this week. There was some belief that the Panthers could release Stewart this offseason, saving $6.25 million as a post-June 1 cut, but GM Dave Gettleman apparently thinks there's more in the tank. Stewart averaged a career-low 3.8 YPC (minimum 100 carries) last season, though he did score a seven-year-high nine touchdowns, seeing more goal-line work with the Panthers trying to limit Cam Newton's rushing opportunities. Gettleman has already said he'll draft a running back this year. Leonard Fournette at No. 8 could still be in play.
Mar 24 - 9:24 AM

Panthers WR Damiere Byrd is undergoing surgery for a torn left meniscus.

A 2015 UDFA, Byrd made his NFL debut in Week 17. He's expected to be ready for training camp, where he will compete for one of the team's final 53-man roster spots.
Mar 21 - 3:14 PM

Panthers DE Charles Johnson is undergoing back surgery, and will miss the entire offseason program.

Per the Panthers' official website, Johnson will be ready for training camp. The team can't be too concerned, as it just gave Johnson a new two-year, $9.5 million contract two weeks ago. Going on 31, Johnson has missed 10 combined games with injury over the past two years. He dealt with a hamstring/quad ailment in 2016. This is his first documented back issue.
Mar 21 - 3:09 PM

Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair a "partially torn rotator cuff," and is questionable for the start of training camp.

Newton first suffered the injury in Week 14. The team initially believed he would heal with rest and rehab, but instead he'll go under the knife on March 30. Newton will do no throwing for three months, and won't resume throwing with the team for four months. That's right around the start of camp. Newton could be highly limited in the preseason, and perhaps held out of exhibition action altogether. At least for now, his Week 1 status is not in doubt.
Mar 21 - 3:02 PM

Panthers re-signed CB Teddy Williams.

Williams played 49 defensive snaps last season before landing on I.R. in October due to a knee injury. His main contributions will come on special teams.
Mar 20 - 11:04 AM

Panthers P Andy Lee has agreed to a contract restructure.

His $3.43 million salary for 2017 has been reduced to $1 million, while his $4.13 million salary in 2018 dropped to $1.1 million. Lee is getting some of the money back with bonuses but is still taking a slight pay cut. The restructure saves Carolina $800,000 in cap space this season and almost $2 million in 2018.
Mar 17 - 11:04 AM

Panthers re-signed DT Kyle Love to a two-year contract.

Love played 224 snaps last season and is more of an early-down player used for his run defense. He'll try to keep his job as part of the four-man rotation inside next to Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, and Vernon Butler.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 15 - 10:35 AM

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers are "cautiously optimistic" about Michael Oher (concussion) continuing his career.

Oher has still not cleared the concussion protocol over six months removed from originally suffering the injury, but he has been working out at the stadium, suggesting he plans to make a comeback. If Oher is able to play, he will likely switch to right tackle with new signing Matt Kalil taking over on the left side.
Mar 14 - 10:43 AM

The Black and Blue Review reports the Panthers have received trade interest in S Tre Boston.

Specifically, one team called. For now, at least, the Panthers are holding onto the 2014 fourth-rounder, but that's presumably because they don't want to simply give him away. The proposed offer was likely a conditional day-three draft pick. Right now, Boston is the Panthers' No. 3 safety following the signing of Mike Adams.
Mar 13 - 1:51 PM

Panthers re-signed OG Chris Scott to a one-year contract.

A versatile lineman who can also play tackle in a pinch, Scott has started 12 games for Carolina over the last four seasons. He should make the team in a backup role again this year.
Mar 13 - 10:32 AM

Panthers signed SCB Captain Munnerlyn to a four-year, $21 million contract.

Munnerlyn spent the first five years of his career in Carolina, and it always seemed likely he would come back home after the Vikings let him hit the open market. The Panthers are set on the outside with James Bradberry and Daryl Worley, but Munnerlyn is both a big upgrade in the slot and a solid veteran addition to a young cornerback room.
Mar 10 - 7:51 PM


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