Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Impending free agent DE Charles Johnson wants to re-sign with the Panthers.

Johnson will turn 31 this summer and will likely be open to taking another bargain one-year deal to return to the team. He played for $3 million this past season, and his play has fallen off in recent years while he's struggled to stay healthy. Johnson has missed 10 games the past two years while recording just five sacks. Defensive end is a major need for GM Dave Gettleman.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 9:57 AM

Panthers QBs coach Ken Dorsey interviewed for the Bills' vacant offensive coordinator position.

Dorsey flamed out in the NFL after a successful college career quarterbacking Miami's juggernauts in the early-2000s, but he has earned a name for himself as a position coach in four seasons with the Panthers. Coach Sean McDermott obviously knows Dorsey from their time together in Carolina, and he seems like the only real candidate for the job at this point. It would not be surprising if he lands it.
Jan 19 - 10:20 AM

Panthers signed DB Dezmen Southward to a reserve/future contract.

A third-round pick by the Falcons in 2014, Southward attempted a switch to corner after his rookie season but was ultimately waived midway through 2015. The Panthers listed him as a safety upon signing, so he may be switching back. Southward will compete for a bottom of the roster spot over the summer.
Jan 14 - 1:08 PM

Panthers K Graham Gano underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his plant foot.

Gano was able to play through the injury the final three weeks, but he indicated after the season he would need surgery. It is unclear how long he will be out, but it would be a surprise if he is sidelined into training camp.
Jan 14 - 11:10 AM


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