Baltimore has emerged as the favorite to land former Panthers WR Steve Smith, per sources.
Pro Football Talk "Much like the Buccaneers in their futile attempt to move Darrelle Revis and his contract, the Panthers have been dragging their heels on Steve Smith, praying someone would trade for him. They’ve apparently realized that’s not happening. According to Bill Voth of SportsXchange, the Panthers..." March 13
SI.com "The Carolina Panthers had been attempting to move veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, but after failing to find a trade partner they have released Smith, ending his long career with the team. “When I took this position I knew that difficult decisions would have to be made along the way,” general..." March 13
Here we go: Former Panthers WR Steve Smith is scheduled to fly tonight to Baltimore to spend Friday meeting with Ravens, per source.
I'm told Hakeem Nicks is the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith. Panthers hope to bring him in for a visit soon.
Panthers re-signed QB Derek Anderson.
People close to Smith have said the thought of him playing in the NFC South and getting two cracks at Panthers is very enticing.
NFL.com "Steve Smith and his agent know that his time is up in Carolina. We're starting to learn more about why the Panthers are letting him go. From The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person: "Sources say (general manager Dave) Gettleman views Smith as a distraction and is ready to turn the locker room..." March 12
Cat Scratch Reader "Now it's a matter of time before the veteran receiver is released. Steve Smith could be playing football in 2014, it just wont be for the Carolina Panthers. The 34-year-old receiver is waiting for the team to make an announcement on his future, but his agent isn't holding back. Derrick Fox..." March 12
Behind The Steel Curtain "Former Panthers safety Mike Mitchell has confirmed he has signed a free agent deal with the Steelers. The versatile and athletic safety made draft lore by becoming a surprise second round pick of the Raiders in 2009. He's shown in five years why he was worth it. Free agent safety Mike Mitchell..." March 11
#Panthers OL Geoff Hangartner and OL Jeff Byers have retired.
Cat Scratch Reader "It's a big task, but Steve Smith's replacement might be incoming. It's been two years since Carolina Panthers' fans first began salivating over the idea of Hakeem Nicks returning to Charlotte, now that could be a reality. Nicks was relatively quiet on the first day of free agency with no..." March 11
Baltimore Sun "The Ravens are expected to emerge as a strong potential landing spot for Carolina Panthers veteran wide receiver Steve Smith should he be released today, according to league sources. Smith is expected to be cut, barring an unexpected trade developing in the next few hours for the five-time Pro..." March 11
Pro Football Talk "Usually one of the last things a team does before cutting a guy they plan to cut anyway is give everyone one last chance. That appears to be the case with the Panthers, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says they’re attempting to trade the veteran wide receiver. With a $7 million cap hit, that..." March 11
Charlotte Observer "Another Carolina Panthers offensive lineman is leaving the game on his own terms. Veteran guard/center Geoff Hangartner, who had three stints with the Panthers, told the Observer on Tuesday he is retiring after nine seasons. Hangartner’s decision follows the retirement of Pro Bowl left..." March 11
NFL.com "The Carolina Panthers have signed tight end/fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and offensive lineman Garry Williams to a one-year contract before free agency. Brockel was slated to become a restricted free agent and Williams could have become an unrestricted free agent. Brockel has..." March 10
Fansided "Hakeem Nicks is one of the wild card free agent receivers not he market as we all know he’s going to get paid but the question lies in whether or not he’ll live up to whatever contract he’s given this offseason. While there are teams that covet tall, deep threat targets like Nicks, the soon-to-be..." March 10
Fansided "After the Carolina Panthers cut ties with linebacker Jon Beason, he seemingly found a home with the New York Giants and has admitted he would like to stick with the Giants. The Giants would like to keep Beason, but he’d like to see what his value is before making any decisions, according to..." March 09
CBSSports.com "Panthers GM Dave Gettleman caused one of the bigger stirs at the combine when he said that wide receiver Steve Smith, an all-time fan-favorite in Carolina, was part of the evaluation process for Carolina in 2014. It's a standard answer but for some reason Gettleman got the heat turned up..." March 08
I'm told Steve Smith met with Panthers GM Dave Gettleman today. More of a clear-the-air meeting than anything.
Pro Football Talk "On Monday, the annual window for applying the franchise tag closed. On Tuesday, one of the four tagged players already made his move to embrace the restriction on his ability to hit the market. Per a league source, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has signed his one-year, $13.116 million..." March 04
NFL.com "The NFL Competition Committee has discussed experimenting this preseason with a longer -- much longer -- extra-point try. According to one member, the committee's meetings this weekend included preliminary talks about placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the extra-point kick -- which would..." March 03
Fansided "With the NFL Free Agency season looming right ahead, there is a good chance that the Carolina Panthers could decide that it’s time to move on from veteran wide receiver Steve Smith after 13 years. Should this occur, there have been some out there that believe it would signal the retirement of..." March 02
Charlotte Observer "There was awkwardness on the edge of the Jordan Gross retirement press conference last week, reminiscent of a middle-school dance. While Gross, the former Panthers left tackle (seems weird typing that), drew laughter and tears with his remarks and slideshow, general manager Dave Gettleman sat..." March 02
ESPN.com "The NFL will announce the 2014 salary cap within the next few days, possibly as early as today, and the reported available cap space for the Carolina Panthers has been all over the place. So after consulting with ESPN's top cap gurus, here's what I came up with for Carolina. The Panthers..." March 01
Fox Sports Carolinas "Steve Smith might be the greatest playmaker in Carolina Panthers history -- by a long shot -- but that might not matter this spring, as the club attempts to improve its salary-cap outlook for the 2014 season. Which brings us to this: While promoting his charitable foundation to eradicate..." March 01
Pro Football Talk "Earlier this month, Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn expressed shock over the failure of the team to commence negotiations with him or any of the other impending Carolina free agents. “I don’t think they’ve talked to anybody, yet — not even Greg Hardy,” Munnerlyn said. They’re..." February 28
NFL.com "The salary cap is set to make a big jump in 2014. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday the cap is expected to be set at $133 million, according to union and team sources. The official number could come as soon as Friday, according to Breer. The $133 million salary cap figure would be..." February 28
Panthers have notified DE Greg Hardy that the franchise tag will be applied to him, per league source.
NFL.com "Kicker Graham Gano gave the Panthers a leg up on special teams last season. Now he's set to do the same for seasons to come. Gano, coming off his best season as a pro, re-signed with the Panthers on Friday through the 2017 season. He was among 21 players on last year's roster that could have..." February 28
Pro Football Talk "This may be the last season in which only 12 teams make the playoffs. Starting with the 2015 season, the NFL is likely to expand to seven playoff teams in each conference. Sources told Mark Maske of the Washington Post that the plan could be approved by the owners as soon as next month. “I..." February 27
NFL.com "Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman raised eyebrows at the NFL Scouting Combine last week when he chose not to commit to veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. "Steve's had a great career," Gettleman said, "and the bottom line is, it's part of the evaluation process." Now Smith has..." February 26
Charlotte Observer "Panthers veteran offensive tackle Jordan Gross has decided to retire after 11 seasons, a source close to the situation told the Observer on Tuesday. An official announcement is expected Wednesday. Gross, 33, spent his entire career with the Panthers, playing in the Super Bowl as a rookie on..." February 25
Charlotte Observer "The Panthers created more than $3 million in salary cap space by restructuring veteran linebacker Thomas Davis' contract this month. As reported last week, the Panthers picked up the two option years on Davis' deal, but they also added three voidable years on the contract, which now runs..." February 24
Fansided "The Carolina Panthers became the surprise team of the 2013 season, going from 1-3 to 12-4 and the second best team in the conference. But while they turned things around last season, there is still plenty of room for improvement and the team will be speeding the offseason bolstering the offensive..." February 22
CBSSports.com "The Panthers had an impressive offseason last year that helped vault them to a 12-win season. This year is going to be even more difficult, though, largely because of all the different roster decisions they'll have to make. One potential decision could come with long-time Panther wideout and..." February 22
Per league source, Panthers pick up 2014 and 2015 option years on Thomas Davis' contract. He'll make $13.5M over next two years.
ESPN.com "The NFL is projected to raise its salary cap to about $130 million, up about 5 percent from $123 million last year, league sources said Thursday. The $130 million figure is even higher than teams are expecting or had been preparing for and will be welcome news for teams, especially ones like..." February 20
NFL.com "Breathe easy, PAT purists. The extra point appears safe ... for now. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that the league's competition committee remains "very early" in any discussions about potentially eliminating extra points, which was a..." February 19
Charlotte Observer "The first day of franchise tag season has come and gone with no new developments in the contract situation with Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. Monday was the first day teams could tag players, and Hardy is thought to be a possible target for one on the heels of his franchise record-tying 15..." February 18
Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have made it clear Cam Newton’s their franchise quarterback. And even though there’s nothing new on the contract that will keep him there for the long-term, he’s not even thinking about putting pressure on them to do so sooner. Newton, appearing with our own Mike Florio on the..." February 17
Fansided "The NFL offseason us officially upon us, which means that teams are starting to look at ways they can make immediate upgrades in order to secure deep runs in the postseason next year. One such team happens to be the Carolina Panthers, who were bounced in their first playoff game but took strides..." February 15
Charlotte Observer "When last week’s snowstorm prevented Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn from returning to Charlotte from his hometown of Mobile, Ala., Munnerlyn – a LeBron James fan – decided to drive to New Orleans for the NBA All-Star Game weekend. Munnerlyn plans on being back in Charlotte soon..." February 15
Sports Business Daily "The NFL paid Commissioner Roger Goodell $44.2M in the 12-month period that ended March 31, 2013, the league told SportsBusiness Journal earlier Friday. That figures include $9.1M of deferred pension and bonus earned the previous year. The league expects to file its tax return, which will include..." February 15
#Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn, who will be a free agent, says his agent is scheduled to meet with team officials at the combine next week.
Pro Football Talk "It’s been more than a decade since ESPN pulled the plug on Playmakers, at the behest of former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Another network that doesn’t televise NFL games is going to give it another try. According to Deadline.com, HBO has picked up the series Ballers, which explores the..." February 14
Charlotte Observer "Panthers assistant receivers coach Lance Taylor will be the next running backs coach at Stanford. Taylor was with the Panthers and receivers coach Ricky Proehl for one season before going to Stanford for his highest coaching position of his young career. Taylor was a graduate assistant at..." February 10
Charlotte Observer "The next Steve Smith isn’t Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks—it’s Steve Smith Jr. The longest-tenured Panther announced on his Instagram that he and his wife, Angie, are expecting a boy. "It's official. This year the name on the back of my jersey will read. .. Smith Sr.," Smith..." February 09