Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers signed RG Trai Turner to a four-year, $45 million extension through 2021.

The deal includes $20.5 million guaranteed, and makes Turner a top-three guard in terms of average annual salary. Interim GM Marty Hurney immediately got to work on what had been one of ex-GM Dave Gettleman's goals. The No. 92 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Turner has turned in back-to-back Pro Bowl campaigns, though Pro Football Focus charted him as having a down 2016. He dealt with both knee and ankle injuries last season. Turner turned 24 in June.
Jul 20 - 2:15 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing to teammates in summer workouts in Baltimore.

"Apparently his shoulder is fine," said Rivera. Newton did some light throwing at last month's minicamp, but it sounds like he's ramped it up in the month-plus of off time between then and next week's training camp, where he should come back at or near 100 percent. Newton is much farther along in his rehab than Andrew Luck.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 2:35 PM

Panthers hired Marty Hurney as interim general manager.

As expected. Hurney, who was the overseer of the Panthers from 2002-2012, ran the organization into the ground before being fired in 2012 and succeeded by Dave Gettleman. Now the reverse happens five years later, and Hurney will guide the team through the 2017 season before a permanent GM is hired next offseason. Veterans like Greg Olsen and Thomas Davis are licking their chops as they're sure to get the extensions they've been seeking. Hurney made a habit of handing out bad contracts when he was last at the helm. Luckily for Carolina fans, Hurney isn't expected to be the GM for next year's draft.
Jul 19 - 10:58 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he was "surprised" by the firing of GM Dave Gettleman.

Rivera, though careful not to seem to disagree with owner Jerry Richardson, said he had a good relationship with Gettleman. "No matter how tense things got, we always talked our way through it," Rivera claimed. Rivera added he does not believe his own job is in danger. Rivera is currently signed through 2018.
Jul 18 - 4:54 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Panthers are expected to re-hire ex-general manager Marty Hurney on an "interim" basis.

Per Pelissero, Hurney met with owner Jerry Richardson on Tuesday. Hurney would run the team in 2017 as it "(uses the) coming months to vet full-time candidates." The Panthers' general manager from 2002-12, it has to be assumed there's a chance Hurney reclaims his old job on a permanent basis. Hurney assembled a few solid rosters from 2003-08, but things went off the rails due to poor drafts and even worse salary cap management. The Panthers are taking a gigantic step backward from Dave Gettleman. It's frankly surreal this is the way things are unfolding in Charlotte.
Jul 18 - 3:13 PM

Contract-year WLB Thomas Davis doesn't believe he contributed to ex-GM David Gettleman's firing.

Davis says the sides were having talks, and they were "going well." There's been a perception that vets seeking extensions like Davis and Greg Olsen were the driving force behind Gettleman's firing, something Michael Oher obliquely referenced in a Tuesday social media post. Davis insists that isn't the case. "I think that's an unfair statement," Davis said. Regardless of his role in Gettleman's ouster, Davis' odds of landing his desired extension have greatly increased.
Jul 18 - 2:37 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport believes ex-Panthers GM Marty Hurney could replace Dave Gettleman on an interim basis.

The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person first floated the idea on Twitter, and Rapoport weighed in saying it's "definitely a consideration." If true, it's a ludicrous consideration. Hurney left the Panthers in salary cap hell, tying one hand behind Gettleman's back. Hurney's October 2012 firing was richly deserved. (Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams disagree.) Owner Jerry Richardson would be taking a time machine back to an era of football he needs to forget.
Jul 17 - 2:48 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports fired Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was "not interested" in giving disgruntled TE Greg Olsen an extension.

Per reporter Joseph Person, Gettleman found it unnecessary since Olsen was just given a three-year, $22 million extension in 2015. Olsen has been making noise about a holdout, and owner Jerry Richardson seems to have grown sensitive to the perception that Gettleman was cold-hearted with veteran players. It's true that he was, but it's also true that it's a necessary evil for any winning NFL franchise. Olsen's odds of getting extended are much greater than they were 24 hours ago.
Jul 17 - 1:54 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's "first order of business" is getting an extension done with walk-year LB Thomas Davis.

That is even with Greg Olsen throwing around the idea of a holdout. Davis has said he hopes to get an extension done before training camp, and it sounds like the front office is on the same page. It is somewhat surprising considering Davis turned 34 in March and Gettleman has been willing to let veterans and even franchise cornerstones walk during his tenure, most notably Steve Smith. If the two sides get something done, it should be a short extension with little guaranteed money.
Jul 17 - 9:09 AM

Panthers first-round RB Christian McCaffrey will train with Cam Newton at the Under Armour facilities in Baltimore this week.

Due to an antiquated rule, McCaffrey couldn't join his new team until Stanford's academic calendar ended in June. He was on hand for the team's three-day minicamp last month but still has some catching up to do. This week will mark the first time McCaffrey has caught passes from Newton, who has spent most of the offseason recovering from shoulder surgery and only recently resumed throwing. Carolina's other receivers will also be in an attendance, giving Newton some much-needed reps ahead of next week's training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 9:11 AM

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said a decision hasn’t been made on if Greg Olsen will hold out of training camp.

Players under Rosenhaus rarely skip camp, but Olsen has a strong case as one of the more underpaid tight ends in the league ($6.5M annually). Olsen has a lower salary than Charles Clay, and ranks 12th in guaranteed money. The Panthers don’t have much leverage with Ed Dickson their only proven backup. Olsen would be subject to $40,000 per day in fines if he holds out.
Jul 15 - 9:04 AM

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, coach Ron Rivera told Ross Tucker the Panthers want Cam Newton to run less and get rid of the ball more quickly.

Their offseason tells the same story after Carolina drafted Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, two players who should do most of their receiving damage around the line of scrimmage. That said, Newton has not been effective targeting players near the line, and it could be difficult for him to abandon his running ability, essentially his trump card, in the heat of the moment. Along with his health, Newton's ability to adapt will be an important storyline to monitor in camp.
Jul 10 - 12:20 PM

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, DT Star Lotulelei's future with the Panthers will depend heavily on the play of Vernon Butler.

The Panthers seem content to let Lotulelei play out the final year of his contract while monitoring Butler's development. A 2016 first-rounder, Butler played sparingly as a rookie while battling injuries and ineffectiveness but should push Lotulelei for playing time as a sophomore. Lotulelei excelled early in his career but has earned negative grades from PFF in his last two seasons.
Jul 9 - 12:39 PM

The Panthers are expected to keep third-year WLB Shaq Thompson on the field more this season.

Thompson left the field in sub-packages last year, leaving SLB Thomas Davis as an every-snap player next to Luke Kuechly. Davis is now 34 and Thompson showed well in coverage a year ago. It makes sense to preserve Davis and keep the younger, more athletic Thompson out there for more snaps.
Jul 7 - 9:34 AM

The Panthers' website expects Jonathan Stewart to "see the bulk of the carries" despite the addition of Christian McCaffrey.

Per team writer Max Henson, "everyone from head coach Ron Rivera to running backs coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Stewart's role will not change." While Stewart out-carrying McCaffrey would be a surprise after the Panthers drafted McCaffrey at No. 8 overall, it's true that fantasy drafters have been sleeping on Stewart as a significant threat to McCaffrey's ceiling and floor, particularly in the touchdown-scoring department.
Jul 6 - 11:47 AM


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