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Thomas Davis expects the Panthers to address his contract this offseason.

Going into the final year of his deal, Davis will make $7.25 million, and count $10.066 million against the cap. Amazingly, Davis has now appeared in at least 15 games each of the past three years after continual ACL woes limited him to nine total appearances between 2009-11. Not only that, he's played at a high level. With Davis going on 32, a 1-2 year extension could be in order.
Jan 27 - 3:36 PM

Greg Olsen said he hasn't had any substantial contract extension talks with the Panthers yet.

Olsen's deal is not a priority as he's signed through the 2015 season. It would also be silly for the Panthers to "buy high" right now as the tight end is coming off a career-best season at age 29. We wouldn't be surprised if the Panthers make Olsen play out 2015 as a contract-year player, ensuring he's highly motivated as the No. 2 pass-game weapon behind Kelvin Benjamin.
Jan 27 - 10:14 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman reiterated that he sees Cam Newton as his franchise quarterback.

The Panthers will exercise their fifth-year option on Newton, which will pay him $14.667 million in 2015. After that, they have the franchise tag available. But ideally, Gettleman wants to lock up his quarterback with a long-term deal that will obviously eclipse draft-class mates Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick. "[Newton] is a franchise quarterback and the contract will get done when it gets done," Gettleman said.
Jan 22 - 10:38 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton says there's a "strong possibility" DeAngelo Williams will be released this offseason.

It should be a no-brainer for the Panthers to move on from the ineffective Williams and save $2M against the cap by making him a post-June 1 cut. Especially considering they've dedicated $8.3M of their cap on Jonathan Stewart, who found his elite early-career-form in 2014 and needs to push for 20 touches per game next season. Stewart averaged a gaudy 4.62 YPC in 2014, ranked 11th among running backs in yards after contact per attempt and graded out 2nd in PFF's Elusive Rating (behind only Marshawn Lynch).
Jan 20 - 10:40 AM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson carries a $20.02 million cap charge in 2015.

Johnson regressed to 8.5 sacks in 2014, but recorded 60 quarterback hurries and was PFF's No. 11 4-3 end out of 59 qualifiers. At just 28 years old with two years left on his contract, he will be back with Carolina. Expect sharp GM Dave Gettleman to work out some kind of money-shifting restructure with Johnson's camp.
Jan 20 - 10:23 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said it is "hard to imagine" DeAngelo Williams returning to Carolina next season.

This echoes the sentiments of Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, who hinted Williams likely will not be back with the team earlier in the week. Williams was only available for six games in 2014, gaining just 3.5 yards per carry and failing to find the end zone. With Jonathan Stewart healthy and showing his class down the stretch, there is little reason for the Panthers to hang onto Williams.
Jan 17 - 11:31 AM

Panthers signed WR Mike Brown to a futures contract.

Brown spent three years with the Jags from 2012-14, making 39 catches in 18 games and bouncing around the practice squad. At age 26 (in February) and a bit undersized with a limited skill set, he's not an exciting prospect.
Jan 15 - 11:56 AM

Panthers signed WR Stephen Hill to a reserve/future contract.

Hill spent the entire 2014 season on the Panthers' practice squad. Carolina was pondering a promotion for Hill in the playoffs with rookie Philly Brown battling a shoulder injury, but Hill never got the call. He missed out on a golden opportunity this past season in a shallow receiving corps. Hill will turn 24 in April.
Jan 14 - 6:50 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman hinted DeAngelo Williams won't be back with the team in 2015.

"I need to talk to DeAngelo, I really do. He’s a pro’s pro, and he had a tough season," Gettleman said. Williams played in just six games and averaged a disgusting 3.5 YPC with no touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart, healthy for the first time in awhile, ran circles around Williams. The Panthers will likely make Williams a post-June 1 cut and save $2 million against the cap in 2015.
Jan 14 - 9:26 AM

The Jets have canceled their head-coaching interview with Panthers DC Sean McDermott.

This could be taken as a sign the Jets and Cardinals DC Todd Bowles have agreed to terms on a contract to make Bowles the next head coach for Gang Green.
Jan 13 - 9:31 PM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott will interview for the Jets' head coaching vacancy Wednesday.

Seahawks DC Dan Quinn is considered the Jets' top priority. But he's going to be a hot name, so the Jets need to explore other options. McDermott has earned a strong reputation in NFL circles, learning under legendary Eagles DC Jim Johnson before taking over the Panthers' defense in 2011. Carolina has ranked 10th, 2nd, 10th and 28th on defense since McDermott took over.
Jan 12 - 11:27 AM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei underwent foot surgery last Wednesday.

Lotulelei reportedly may have been able to suit up if the Panthers had made it to the Super Bowl. Of course, their season ended Saturday night in Seattle. Lotulelei should be ready for most of the offseason program.
Jan 12 - 10:21 AM

Brenton Bersin caught one pass for 11 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

A 2012 UDFA out of tiny Wofford, Bersin beat out more noted receivers for a roster spot in camp. The former practice squadder ended up appearing in 15 regular season games, going 13-151-1 as a receiver while pitching in as a (shaky) return man. Bersin also has salon quality hair. The bad news is he's slow (4.60 speed), the NFL stage appears too big for him and he will have to fight for a roster spot again in 2015.
Jan 11 - 1:06 AM

Philly Brown caught two passes for 24 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

Despite separating his shoulder in the Wild Card win over the Cardinals, Brown gutted it out. But he could only haul in 2-of-5 targets, failing to use his trademark speed to get on top of the defense. Still, the Panthers found themselves a contributor off the UDFA rookie market as Brown recorded a 21-296-2 line while playing in 13 games this year and also operating as a primary return man. He'll have a good shot at a roster spot in 2015.
Jan 11 - 1:00 AM

Jerricho Cotchery caught three passes for 25 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

Cotchery flukily caught 10 touchdowns for the Steelers in 2013, earning himself an $8M contract from the receiver-needy Panthers in free agency. He predictably busted, catching just 48 balls for 580 yards and one touchdown while playing in 15 regular season games. Now he'll turn 33 in June and is best served as a No. 3 or 4 wideout. The Panthers badly need an upgrade at Kelvin Benjamin's bookend.
Jan 11 - 12:55 AM

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