Panthers Rumors & News

  • Report: NFL thinking about eliminating the preseason

    Sportsnaut "The NFL preseason isn’t for everyone. The casual fan really isn’t interested in watching training camp bodies play in a meaningless game. Though, it’s still a cash cow. Interest is there. Stadiums sell out. The cost of television rights remain relatively high. In reality, it makes very..." August 28

  • Brady makes appearance in Patriots preseason win vs. Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "Tom Brady led a couple of scoring drives in a relief role as the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 19-17 in Friday night's preseason game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Patriots made it miserable for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who completed..." August 27

  • Cam Newton after rough night for offense: “It’s preseason”

    Pro Football Talk "Cam Newton took to the podium for his postgame press conference wearing a Sergio Leone-inspired hat, which was good. It was his play, however, that covered the bad and the ugly. After a pretty nightmarish night against the Patriots, the reigning MVP summed it up in the two most appropriate..." August 27

  • Panthers to work out Stevie Brown

    Pro Football Rumors "Donte Whitner isn’t the only safety the Panthers are working out. Stevie Brown, who was released by the Chiefs earlier this week, will join him, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). " August 26

  • Donte Whitner visiting Carolina Panthers on Friday "The Carolina Panthers are toying with the idea of adding experience to their greenhorn secondary. Free agent safety Donte Whitner is flying to Charlotte for a Friday workout, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source informed of the visit. The 31-year-old was cut by the Browns' new regime..." August 26

  • Josh Norman: Panthers wanted it about Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly

    Pro Football Talk "Pulling a franchise tag from a player you wanted to keep around on a long-term deal is a pretty extreme move. But the farther you get from Carolina’s decision to part ways with cornerback Josh Norman this spring, the clearer it becomes that a divorce was probably inevitable. In the ESPN the..." August 23

  • NFL drops “probable” from injury report, redefines “questionable” and “doubtful”

    Pro Football Talk "It’s definite that “probable” no longer will be part of the NFL injury lexicon. As first noted (as best we can tell) by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald and as the league office confirms, the widely-misconstrued P-word has been dumped from the injury reporting procedures. “The ‘Probable’..." August 21

  • This just in: The Panthers are really good at playing offense

    Pro Football Talk "Texas A&M junior linebacker Josh Walker has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest Friday in a domestic incident. Walker, 20, was arrested and charged with assault with bodily injury to a family member and interfering with an emergency request for assistance, according to the Brazos..." August 20

  • Newton has strong quarter as Panthers defeat Titans

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 162 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday as the Carolina Panthers dumped the Tennessee Titans 26-16 in an NFL exhibition game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Newton hooked up with Ted Ginn, Jr. for a 61-yard scoring strike just 2:12 into..." August 20

  • Kelvin Benjamin to play without brace on surgically-repaired knee; could translate into fantasy goodness

    SB Nation "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will play without a brace on his surgically-repaired left knee, according to analyst Jeffri Chadiha. Benjamin tore the ACL in his knee during training camp in 2015. Though he has been brought along slowly this preseason, his apparent..." August 18

  • Snoop Dogg Rips NFL for Allowing Players to Own Guns But Preventing Them From Smoking Weed

    Complex "Deep down, the NFL is probably not OK with its players owning guns. In the past, there have been quite a few players who have gotten themselves into trouble as a result of carrying guns, so if the league had its way, it would likely force all players to stop purchasing guns. They can’t legally..." August 18

  • NFLPA exec says NFL has 'zero credible evidence' for interview demands

    Sporting News "The NFL has threatened to suspend players mentioned in an Al Jazeera America report that alleges steroid use if they don't submit to an interview. The union isn't about to give in so easily. NFL Players' Association executive George Atallah told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday the..." August 18

  • Will Beatty to work out for Carolina Panthers

    Newsday "Will Beatty’s free agency journey takes him to Carolina on Wednesday where he will work out for the Panthers, according to a source. Beatty, a former Giants offensive tackle who was released this offseason, has already worked out for and has been offered a contract by the Jaguars. The Eagles..." August 17

  • Cam Newton feeds homeless man, teammate says it’s nothing new

    Sportsnaut "Cam Newton may be the NFL’s best player. His MVP trophy certainly helps his argument in that case. And with so many bad off the field stories constantly circulating about the NFL and its players, the MVP has been stepping up. In an interview with GQ Magazine, he made it clear that any criticism..." August 16

  • Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers look forward to health and 'a lot of touchdowns'

    Sporting News "It wasn’t the first step, and it wasn’t the last step, either. But the five-yard catch — on a little comeback route on first down on the ninth play of the Panthers’ first preseason game — meant the world to Kelvin Benjamin. "I mean, it brings back old memories," Benjamin said in the crowded..." August 15

  • NFL considers early week ’18 opener in China

    Sports Business Daily "The NFL could open the 2018 season on a Tuesday or Wednesday in China, with its traditional Thursday night season-opening game following later that same week, according to the league’s top international executive planning the proposed game. Intent on staging a game in China despit... " August 15

  • Cam Newton on Those Versace Pants, Race in America, and Whether He Would Let His Kid Play Football

    GQ "He isn’t going to stop being great at football—15-1 last season, near unanimous MVP, a scorched-earth run to the Super Bowl—and he isn’t going to stop reveling in his own greatness at football. He isn’t going to stop celebrating after touchdowns and wins, or walking off podiums in angry silence..." August 15

  • Panthers concerned over Kelvin Benjamin’s conditioning

    Sportsnaut "The Carolina Panthers are hoping to get former first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin back to full speed by the start of the regular season. Benjamin missed his entire sophomore campaign after blowing out his knee last summer, forcing Cam Newton to go to battle without his top receiver. However,..." August 15

  • Panthers assistant Bruce DeHaven to step back as he continues cancer fight

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers assistant coach Bruce DeHaven will relinquish his role as special teams coordinator and step into an advisory position as he continues his battle with cancer. DeHaven, 67, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the spring of 2015 and learned a short time later it had spread to..." August 14

  • Panthers, Short reach impasse in contract negotiations

    The Score "The Carolina Panthers and defensive tackle Kawann Short reached an impasse in contract negotiations, and it's unlikely both sides will reach a new deal before the 2016 season, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Short was named a second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler for the first time,..." August 12

  • West (two TDs) leads Ravens over Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "After Carolina quarterback Cam Newton orchestrated a 68-yard drive that led to a field goal on the game's first possession, the NFC champion Panthers could not hold off the host Baltimore Ravens in a 22-19 loss in a preseason game Thursday night. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who is..." August 11

  • Fired-up Ron Rivera rips Panthers for lackadaisical practice

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn’t typically lays into his players. So when he does it, he hopes it sticks. That rarity happened Monday morning when Rivera expressed his contempt for the effort, tempo and overall football knowledge of the third-team offense and defense. Rivera..." August 09

  • Are Panthers gambling by doubling down with two rookie corners? Riverboat Ron doesn’t think so

    Charlotte Observer "Coming off the second Super Bowl appearance in team history, the Panthers took a leap of faith last spring when they chose to let cornerback Josh Norman go rather than meet his contract demands. Panthers coach Ron Rivera seems ready to double down on that gamble by starting two rookie..." August 05

  • Funchess: Panthers boast NFL's best WR group

    The Score "Coming off a 15-1 season, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess isn't lacking confidence entering his second professional campaign. The Panthers averaged a league-best 31.3 points per game, and Funchess bragged Thursday about the team's receiving corps with the 2016 season on the..." August 05

  • Panthers' Kony Ealy: Back at practice Thursday

    CBS Sports "Ealy was back on the practice field Thursday after dealing with a concussion since Saturday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports." August 04

  • Gronk could make history in 2016, but Greg Olsen is 'trying like hell' to be first

    CBS Sports "Greg Olsen has a chance to make NFL history this season. The bad news is that he'll have competition. The worse news is that his competition will be Rob Gronkowski. Both players, according to the Panthers' official website, have a chance to become the first tight ends ever to notch three..." August 03

  • Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers silent as NFL lacks star power of NBA’s anti-violence movement

    New York Daily News "Rueben Randle doesn’t know what exactly he wants to do yet. He just knows he wants to do something. The Philadelphia Eagles receiver grew up a few hours north of Baton Rouge, in Bastrop, La., then spent three years in Baton Rouge while attending LSU. He has friends and family strewn throughout..." August 02

  • Michael Bennett calls Cam Newton to apologize for “taking the dollars” comment

    Pro Football Talk "When Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett made his call to action to NFL players, the one he seemed to single out by name for not being vocal enough was Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. But Bennett has since made another call. A source close to the situation tells PFT that Bennett has..." August 01

  • Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy out after concussion in practice

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers went in full pads for the first time yesterday, and didn’t come out of it cleanly. According to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy is out of practice today after he took a helmet-to-helmet shot in practice. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Ealy..." July 31

  • Ron Rivera: Kelvin Benjamin in “pretty doggone good form”

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been almost a year since Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL during a training camp practice and that was enough time filled with enough rehab that the team felt comfortable giving him the green light for the first practice of this year’s camp. Benjamin only did individual..." July 29

  • Panthers' Kuechly, Benjamin cleared for practice, Benwikere on PUP list

    The Score "The Carolina Panthers have announced that linebacker Luke Kuechly and receiver Kelvin Benjamin have been cleared for practice. Kuechly dealt with a shoulder injury throughout the offseason, undergoing surgery in February, while Benjamin missed all of last season with a torn ACL." July 28

  • Who reaches Super Bowl LI? 2016 NFL record projections for all 32 teams

    USA Today "Heading into training camps, all 32 NFL teams have essentially taken shape. So before injuries, benchings, firings, (more) suspensions and hot streaks start shaping the 2016 season, here's USA TODAY Sports' annual projection of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based..." July 27

  • Panthers safety Kurt Coleman reaps reward of 3-year extension

    Charlotte Observer "One year after leading the team in interceptions, Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman earned a contract extension. Coleman and the Panthers agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension Tuesday, according to league sources. NFL Network was the first to report the deal. The two sides..." July 27

  • Retired Panthers CB Charles Tillman: ‘Special team’ made torn ACL worth it

    Charlotte Observer "Charles “Peanut” Tillman played on a partially torn ACL last season for seven weeks until it finally gave out, and he’d do it all again for the Carolina Panthers. Tillman announced his retirement this week after 13 seasons in the NFL, with 12 coming in Chicago and his last coming with the..." July 25

  • Michael Vick claims to be faster than Cam Newton

    The Score "If you buy into what free-agent Michael Vick is selling, then it would seem that 36 is the new 27. Vick, previously revered for his lightning-quick speed, is hoping for another year in the NFL and says he's still one of the top three fastest quarterbacks in the league - even faster than Cam..." July 23

  • Charles Tillman Joining Fox NFL Pre-Pregame Show

    The Big Lead "Charles Tillman is joining Fox NFL Kickoff, a source familiar with Fox Sports television tells The Big Lead. The source requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The show will air before Fox’s main NFL pregame show, nationally, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m...." July 21

  • Bears sign Amini Silatolu

    Windy City Gridiron "Adam Caplan of ESPN is reporting that the Chicago Bears have signed offensive guard Amini Silatolu to a one year contract. He's also reporting that the Bears' plan is to have him compete at the left guard position that has been manned by rookie Cody Whitehair during mini camp and OTAs. The 27 year..." July 20

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Don't expect DT Kawann Short to hold out of training camp

    Cat Scratch Reader "I find myself very relieved to hear that. But I do still have something to worry about. That being whether a long term deal will ever get done. Source: Kawann Short will report to Carolina Panthers training camp | The Charlotte Observer The belief is the Panthers are looking for a contract..." July 19

  • Ron Rivera reveals how close the Panthers were to drafting Gabbert over Newton

    CBS Sports "It seems almost impossible to think about now, but there was a time when Cam Newton wasn't considered a lock to go No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Five years ago, the Panthers had the No. 1 pick, and no one really seemed to know who they were going to take. Some people thought that..." July 19

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman announces retirement

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has called it a career after 13 NFL seasons. Tillman, 35, played 12 seasons for the Bears. He played last season with the Panthers, starting 12 games. An All-Pro in 2012, Tillman was a two-time Pro Bowler and had 38 career interceptions. He started 164 of..." July 18

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Panthers DT Kawann Short Will Attend Training Camp, Despite Skipping OTAs

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Panthers DT Kawann Short will be in attendance for the start of training camp, despite holding out of OTAs for contract reasons. The two sides had been discussing an extension, but didn’t make a lot of progress, which led to Short skipping early offseason..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Panthers' DC: 'Surreal' to see Norman in different uniform

    The Score "Over the past four seasons, the Carolina Panthers have been a top-10 unit with Josh Norman on the roster, but defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will have to do without him this year. McDermott said Norman's departure to the Washington Redskins is "part of the business," but seeing him with..." July 16

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Panthers sign Leonard Johnson, waive Shaq Richardson

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have made a change to their cornerback group ahead of training camp. The team announced Thursday that they have signed Leonard Johnson to their 90-man roster. Shaq Richardson was waived to make room for Johnson. Johnson was waived by the Patriots in February after signing with..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14