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Coach Ron Rivera said spending last season on the practice squad allowed Stephen Hill to relax and focus on catching the football.

With the Panthers adding only Ted Ginn at receiver so far this offseason, Hill will have a full summer in Carolina's camp to try and earn a roster spot. Rivera pointed out Hill's size and speed on Wednesday as assets that could "help" the team. The Panthers are dying for a speed complement to Kelvin Benjamin. Not yet 24 years old, Hill could be that guy.
Mar 25 - 11:28 AM

The Panthers will exercise ILB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year team option for 2016.

"I'd have to be brain-dead not to," were the words of GM Dave Gettleman. Kuechly's option will cost roughly $9.75 million, and buy the Panthers time in long-term talks. Locking up the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will not be cheap.
Mar 24 - 3:25 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman confirmed Michael Oher will play left tackle.

"We feel very strongly that he can be an answer for us," Gettleman said. "He'll be inserted at left tackle, and we'll go from there." Oh no. We didn't think things could get worse after Byron Bell at left tackle for Carolina, but it appears Gettleman is going to try this. Oher has given up 93 combined pressures across 27 starts the past two seasons as a right tackle. We'd be surprised if Carolina didn't address left tackle in the draft.
Mar 18 - 9:58 AM

Panthers signed S Kurt Coleman, formerly of the Chiefs, to a two-year contract.

The Chiefs signed Coleman off the scrap heap prior to Week 1 last season, and it turned out to be one of their best pickups. Coleman accounted for half the team's interceptions despite playing just 377 snaps. Capable of playing both safety spots, Coleman gives Carolina depth with Thomas DeCoud gone and Roman Harper aging.
Mar 16 - 11:15 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Cam Newton will not sign an extension before the summer.

Reporter Newton believes quarterback Newton will let Russell Wilson set the market first. Entering the final year of his contract, Cam may be in no rush, but the Panthers would be smart to get something finished before the season begins. It is likely to the two sides work something out this summer.
Mar 14 - 9:38 AM

Panthers signed CB Teddy Williams to a two-year, $2.3 million contract.

Williams keeps getting looks around the league, but he's played one non-special teams snap since entering the league in 2010. He didn't play college football. The Panthers described Williams as a "four-phase special teamer," and he should have the inside track on a 53-man roster spot.
Mar 12 - 7:45 PM

Panthers re-signed TE Ed Dickson to a three-year, $7.9 million contract.

Dickson picked up the pieces behind Greg Olsen last season, catching 10 passes for 115 yards. He was not a particularly effective blocker. Dickson has plus athleticism, but it's never translated on an NFL field.
Mar 10 - 2:48 PM

Panthers re-signed DT Dwan Edwards.

Edwards, 34, will return as rotational depth behind starters Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. He received poor marks from PFF across 643 snaps last season.
Mar 10 - 1:09 PM

Panthers re-signed QB/WR Joe Webb to a one-year, $825,000 contract.

Carolina's No. 3 quarterback and a backup receiver, Webb played 28 snaps on offense last season. He'll primarily contribute on special teams if he can keep his spot on the 53-man roster.
Mar 9 - 2:48 PM

Panthers re-signed RB Fozzy Whittaker to a two-year contract.

Whittaker was an exclusive rights free agent. He rushed 32 times for 145 yards with one touchdown last year, adding five catches for 60 yards and another score. Whittaker will be running back depth and a special teams contributor in 2015.
Mar 9 - 11:45 AM

Panthers re-signed WR Brenton Bersin to a one-year contract.

Bersin was an exclusive rights free agent. A 2012 UDFA, he posted a 13-151-1 line while looking shaky as a return man last year. Bersin will compete for a roster spot in camp.
Mar 9 - 10:51 AM

Panthers agreed to terms with KR/WR Ted Ginn on a two-year, $4.2 million deal.

Cut by Arizona last month, Ginn was free to sign immediately. Ginn spent the 2013 season in Carolina, logging 36 catches and a career-high five touchdowns while showing some deep-ball chemistry with Cam Newton. He'll replace Philly Brown as the Panthers' new primary kick returner and will fill a situational deep-threat role. He may even have to serve as Newton's No. 3 wideout.
Mar 9 - 9:17 AM

The Browns have expressed interest in free agent TE Ed Dickson.

Cleveland is desperately in need of pass catchers. Dickson moves well without the ball, but is one of the worst pure pass catchers in the league.
Mar 8 - 11:57 AM

The Charlotte Observer expects SLB Thomas Davis to receive a contract extension this offseason.

With Greg Olsen's contract done, Davis is next in line for an extension. Scheduled to count $9.9 million against the salary cap in the final year of his deal, an extension could lower Davis' cap number and give the nearly 32-year-old linebacker some security. Davis has been stellar the last three seasons after a series of knee injuries limited him to nine appearances from 2009-11.
Mar 7 - 1:56 PM

Panthers signed OT Michael Oher to a two-year contract.

Turning 29 in May, Oher has been a disaster as both a pass and run blocker the past few seasons. The lowly Titans cut him in February, after just one season into a "four-year, $20 million" deal. The Panthers will be in trouble if they end up counting on Oher to make starts. He's best suited as a swing tackle.
Mar 6 - 1:59 PM

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