Panthers Rumors & News

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • Ric Flair’s fair-weather fandom irks Panthers defensive end

    Charlotte Observer "Look, if you’re going to make someone mad, it probably shouldn’t be a 280-pound defensive lineman. But former “WWE Legend” Ric Flair, the “Nature Boy” who is billed from Charlotte, has directed his fandom toward the Carolina Panthers’ NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons, as he demonstrated in a..." January 22

  • Bills interview Panthers QBs coach Ken Dorsey for OC job

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers have lost one assistant coach to Buffalo this offseason, and now have another coach talking to the Bills. Carolina quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey interviewed Wednesday with former Panthers defensive coordinator and new Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott for the Bills'..." January 19

  • Carolina Panthers hold workout for former Georgia QB Aaron Murray

    Charlotte Observer "Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is working out for the Carolina Panthers today, according to two league sources. Murray, the SEC’s all-time leader in passing yards, completions and touchdowns, spent last season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad. But Murray was the only player..." January 18

  • Bo Jackson voices concern for Cam Newton, says hits to QB's head scare 'the hell out of me'

    ESPN "The ties between Bo Jackson and Cam Newton have gone beyond being Heisman Trophy-winning Auburn stars to concerns over concussions. Jackson told USA Today Sports that "it scares the hell out of me" every time he sees the Carolina Panthers quarterback take a hit to the head. Jackson, the 1985..." January 17

  • Graham Gano had surgery on his plant foot

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers kicker Graham Gano broke a bone in his left heel late in the regular season, which led to an amusing moment with coach Ron Rivera calling it a “ballerina” injury because the injury to his plant foot is similar to one commonly suffered by dancers. Gano tweeted a picture of himself with..." January 14

  • Panthers name Steve Wilks defensive coordinator "Head coach Ron Rivera’s right-hand man has been handed the responsibility of leading the Panthers’ defense. Steve Wilks, the Panthers’ assistant head coach the past two seasons, has been named defensive coordinator. The position had been held the past six seasons by Sean McDermott, who left to..." January 13

  • McDermott could make Panthers LB coach Bills defensive coordinator

    Buffalo News "With the news that Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will become the Bills' head coach, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that McDermott is likely to bring Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb to Buffalo to be his defensive coordinator. McDermott and Holcomb have worked together for..." January 12

  • Bills hire Panthers’ Sean McDermott as next head coach

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday afternoon report from Dan Graziano of ESPN, the Buffalo Bills have settled on a head coach so it appears. While ultimately electing to pass on interim head coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, the Bills will hire Carolina Panthers’ defensive coordinator Sean..." January 12

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Bills “Zeroing In” On Panthers DC Sean McDermott As Next Head Coach

    NFL Trade Rumors "Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports that the Bills are “zeroed in” on Panthers DC Sean McDermott to be their next head coach and could have something finalized in the next day or so. At the start of the Bills’ head-coaching search, many seemed to think it was a foregone conclusion that the..." January 11

  • Randall Cobb, Damarious Randall active for Packers on Sunday afternoon

    Pro Football Talk "The Packers had eight players listed as questionable for Sunday’s home playoff game against the Giants and all but one of them are active for the final game of the Wild Card round. Wide receiver Randall Cobb makes his return to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury. His return..." January 08

  • Thomas Davis: Odell Beckham Jr. ‘a cancer’ when emotions get best of him "Odell Beckham Jr. is the key to the New York Giants' offense. Without the superstar receiver, Big Blue would be sitting at home instead of facing the Packers in Green Bay Sunday afternoon. No one player can guard OBJ. The best a defense can do is get in his face early and hope to throw Beckham..." January 08

  • Redskins to interview Panthers' Steve Wilks for DC job

    Pro Football Talk "Unless it’s for a head coaching opportunity, teams don’t have to give under-contract assistants permission to interview for other jobs, even if it’s a promotion. But the Panthers aren’t going to limit Steve Wilks’ chances. Via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Washington asked for permission..." January 06

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Bills interviewing Sean McDermott on Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "The Bills are interviewing their first outside candidate to replace Rex Ryan on Wednesday. Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is the first one up to bat. McDermott has also drawn interest from the Chargers in the early days of their coaching search, but this is his initial interview..." January 04

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • Kawann Short says he won’t pull a Josh Norman

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers blew a hole in their payroll — and their secondary — when they rescinded the franchise tag from cornerback Josh Norman last offseason. This year’s expected recipient of that tag says that won’t happen to him. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Panthers defensive tackle..." January 02

  • Bills request interview with Panthers' McDermott

    Pro Football Rumors "Many have assumed that interim head coach Anthony Lynn is a shoe-in for the Bills job. However, Lynn is drawing interest from other teams with openings and the Bills are insistent that they are going to explore multiple options before reaching a decision. Today, we have another name to add to the..." January 02

  • Graham Gano questions Bucs’ video-board tactics during his kicks

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano has had some weird games at Raymond James Stadium. In a game here two years ago, Gano pushed a trombone player out of his way when the Bethune-Cookman band kept marching around him while he was taking his halftime kicks. Gano didn’t have any run-ins with..." January 02

  • Steve Smith's cleats for final game pay tribute to Panthers, teammates

    CBS Sports "In what will likely be the final game of his career, Ravens wideout Steve Smith plans to give thanks to his former teammates and former team. Smith, according to a photo he posted on Twitter, will honor the Carolina Panthers and former teammates of his with his cleats in week 17. " January 01

  • Winston's late TD pass pushes Bucs over Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 3:13 to play and Cam Newton missed on a two-point conversion attempt with 17 seconds left as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 17-16 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Newton..." January 01

  • Ron Rivera not planning on staff changes, as long as it’s his call

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers coach Ron Rivera recently admitted his team needed to “evolve,” next season, after a disastrous drop-off from their run to the Super Bowl. But that won’t include staff changes, at least ones that are Rivera’s decision. The Panthers coach said he had no plans to make staff changes..." December 31

  • All-Pro Davis not planning retirement: 'I still have a passion for this game'

    Charlotte Observer "A few weeks ago, at a holiday charity event, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis fielded his toughest question yet – and it wasn’t from a media member. No, it came from his 6-year-old daughter, who wanted to know why her father wasn’t home more often. It sparked speculation about..." December 31

  • Unlike Cowboys, Panthers won’t use veteran backup QB this week

    Pro Football Talk "At a time when other teams are being coy about their backup quarterbacks, the Panthers went ahead and declared theirs out. Of course, Derek Anderson isn’t going to command the same kind of interest as Tony Romo, but it does mean it’s less likely that the Panthers are going to pull Cam Newton..." December 30

  • Five most likely landing spots for Adrian Peterson

    Sportsnaut "Once the standard to which every running back in the league was compared, Minnesota Vikings ball carrier Adrian Peterson is now on the downside of his career, facing the end of his tenure with the team that drafted him in 2007 out of Oklahoma. A once-ballyhooed recruit from Texas, one who some..." December 30

  • Michael Oher’s teammate indicates he’ll play in 2017

    Charlotte Observer "LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST REDDIT PRINT ORDER REPRINT OF THIS STORY Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher’s future has been a question since the veteran of “The Blind Side” fame was lost for the season with a concussion. But Panthers offensive lineman Trai Turner said Oher plans to..." December 29

  • Reigning MVP Cam Newton reveals who he would pick as MVP this season

    CBS Sports "In 2015, Cam Newton came out of nowhere to win the MVP -- no one picked him before the season -- despite playing behind a questionable offensive line and throwing to a rag-tag assortment of weapons. He won't win the award this season and certainly won't get any votes either. But he can voice..." December 29

  • Panthers special teams advisor Bruce DeHaven dies of cancer

    Fanrag Sports "Longtime special teams coach Bruce DeHaven died on Tuesday night from cancer. He was 68 years old. DeHaven coached special teams in the NFL for 29 years uninterrupted until he stepped away from his responsibilities with the Panthers this summer due to prostate cancer treatments. Prior to doing..." December 28

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Luke Kuechly will remain sidelined for Panthers’ season finale

    Sportsnaut "The Carolina Panthers aren’t taking any chances with the long-term health of All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly, who will once again remain on the sidelines for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Head coach Ron Rivera made this decision public speaking with Pat Kirwan of “Movin’ the..." December 28

  • Panthers put Ryan Delaire on IR for second time this season

    Pro Football Talk "Ryan Delaire had two sacks in his first NFL game, and just pulled off another double that may be even more impressive. The Panthers defensive end was placed on injured reserve for the second time this season, after being designated for return from his first stint three weeks ago. He was..." December 27

  • Ron Rivera: Panthers ‘Have to Evolve’

    Black and Blue Review "Ron Rivera wants to get through Carolina’s season finale at Tampa Bay on New Year’s Day before he reflects on what went wrong in 2016. But the Panthers coach on Monday did drop a couple of hints that changes will be coming in 2017. “You have to evolve. Things are going to change after six..." December 26

  • Broncos, Panthers miss playoffs after Super Bowl 50 "It's never easy to find your way back into a Super Bowl. But for both the Broncos and Panthers, they won't even get the chance after both were eliminated from contention in Week 16. Denver had an outside chance at making the playoffs entering Sunday, but their hopes were dashed by a crushing..." December 26

  • Cam Newton Suggests The Panthers Go on a Sabbatical

    Black Sports Online "Not like the Panthers have a choice, their season is over next week. But, here is what Cameron had to say. Quarterback Cam Newton was asked after the loss what it’s like to miss the playoffs after so many consecutive appearances. “We had a long run,” Newton said. “It’s time for..." December 25

  • Jonathan Stewart on facemask-breaking hit: 'Looked like I had a motorcycle helmet on'

    CBS Sports "Jonathan Stewart played a big part in the Panthers' 26-15 dismantling of the Redskins on Monday night, but the lasting memory from the game won't be his 25-carry, 132-yard performance, but what happened at the end of an eight-yard run in the second quarter: Stewart got hit so hard his facemask..." December 24

  • Luke Kuechly not playing vs. Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won’t play Saturday vs. the Falcons. Kuechly cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol last weekend but didn’t play last Monday night at Washington and likely won’t play in next week’s season finale. Kuechly suffered a concussion in Week 11. " December 24

  • Greg Olsen becomes first TE to record 3 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons

    ABC News "Three-time Pro Bowl selection Greg Olsen on Saturday became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Olsen set the record on a 17-yard catch from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the second quarter of an NFC South game against the..." December 24

  • Ryan throws two TDs as Falcons rout Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons are finding rewards for a strong season coming all at once. With a chance to be NFC South Division champions, they didn't miss a beat in a 33-16 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium. "We wanted to the..." December 24

  • Ron Rivera’s agent: There’s been no contact with Rams

    Pro Football Talk "The Rams are in need of a new head coach and one route they could take to getting one in a trade for the current coach of another team. Saint coach Sean Payton’s name has come up on that front and Saturday brought a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that Panthers coach Ron Rivera is a “name..." December 24

  • Cam Newton, Trent Murphy not fined for taunt or hit

    Pro Football Talk "One of the most controversial calls of Week 15 in the NFL came when Washington’s Trent Murphy hit Carolina’s Cam Newton in the head as Newton was sliding. Murphy didn’t draw a penalty flag, but Newton did — for tossing the ball in Murphy’s direction afterward. The league office has reviewed the..." December 23

  • Greg Olsen on the verge of tight end receiving yards milestone

    Black and Blue Review "Thursday turned into Greg Olsen Tribute Day at Bank of America Stadium. It felt that way, at least. The irony was it came on a rare day when the Carolina Panthers tight end didn't practice. Olsen, who was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl this week, is dealing with an elbow injury he..." December 23

  • New Spring League isn’t an NFL production

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, there’s a new spring football league coming. No, it’s not an NFL production. A series of tweets from SiriusXM NFL Radio declares that “[t]he NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.” Per a source with..." December 22