Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers Picking Up OLB Shaq Thompson’s Fifth-Year Option

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are exercising OLB Shaq Thompson‘s fifth-year option for the 2019 season. The fifth-year option will run the Panthers $9,232,000 for the 2019 season. It’s worth mentioning that the fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury and won’t prevent the..." April 23

  • Panthers tight end Kent Taylor suspended for PED test

    Pro Football Talk "It’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s suspension time. The latest is Panthers reserve tight end Kent Taylor, who will be ineligible for the first four regular season games because of a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Of course, that would require..." April 20

  • Journeyman QB Luke McCown retiring from NFL "The National Football League is down to just its final McCown. While 38-year-old Josh still toils under center for the New York Jets, his younger brother, Luke McCown, is calling it quits. The 36-year-old career backup passer announced his retirement Friday, sending a statement out through..." April 20

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Panthers TE Greg Olsen wants an extension but keeps TV option open

    ESPN "Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen is prepared to become a free agent in 2019 or consider potential opportunities in television this season if the Carolina Panthers don't extend his contract. Olsen, who last month interviewed for the Monday Night Football analyst job previously held by Jon Gruden,..." April 18

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • Greg Olsen would like to get offseason extension done with Panthers

    247 Sports "Greg Olsen has never hit free agency before, and ideally, he doesn't want next offseason to become his first time as an unrestricted free agent, either. Speaking with the team's official website as the Panthers reported for offseason workouts earlier this week, Olsen admitted the upcoming..." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Panthers Claim QB Taylor Heinicke

    Pro Football Rumors "The Panthers picked up quarterback Taylor Heinicke off waivers. The QB was cut by the Texans on Friday. Heinicke, 25, threw his only NFL pass to date in a 34-6 loss to the Steelers last year. The Old Dominion product hasn’t made much noise over the last three years with the Vikings, Patriots,..." April 17

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Jets Sign WR Charles Johnson

    NFL Trade Rumors "The New York Jets announced Monday that they’ve signed former Vikings and Panthers WR Charles Johnson to a contract. Johnson actually tried out for the Jets a few weeks ago so this isn’t a big surprise. Johnson, 29, originally signed on with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of..." April 09

  • Carolina Panthers Sweepstakes Enters Its Home Stretch

    New York Times "The sale of the Carolina Panthers appears to be near. David Tepper, the hedge-fund billionaire whom many N.F.L. owners pointed to as the preferred choice to buy the team, will not increase his offer to meet the current asking price of $2.5 billion, which makes it unlikely that he will win the..." April 09

  • Davis' suspension offers Thompson chance to prove himself "In the wake of Thomas Davis’ four-game suspension, the attention naturally shifts to Shaq Thompson, who is a perfect example of untapped potential. The 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker has all the physical traits necessary to be an elite, playmaking linebacker. But if you review Thompson’s first..." April 08

  • Panthers Pro Bowler Thomas Davis suspended first 4 games after failing drug test "Linebacker Thomas Davis on Friday announced he recently learned he violated the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. In a video posted to his Twitter account, Davis said: “I was completely caught off guard by this. I've never in any way done anything to try to intentionally cheat the..." April 06

  • Top 5 teams to watch for as Giants consider Odell Beckham trade

    New York Daily News "The New England Patriots' sudden boatload of four draft picks in the top two rounds of this month's draft screams a big Bill Belichick move upcoming — for a quarterback, perhaps? Or maybe even (why not?) for Odell Beckham Jr. That's not a likely outcome, but it's not impossible, either. For..." April 06

  • Panthers’ Torrey Smith says Eric Reid ‘being locked down’ because of protests

    Sportsnaut "They are former teammates with the San Francisco 49ers. Both players have not been afraid to hold back when it comes to discussing the issues that seemingly divide the United States. One is employed. The other isn’t. Recently acquired by the Carolina Panthers from Philadelphia, veteran wide..." April 06

  • Cam Newton In Car Crash with Dump Truck

    TMZ "Cam Newton was involved in a collision with a dump truck in Atlanta on Thursday ... and TMZ Sports has a photo from the scene. We're told the Carolina Panthers quarterback was driving his matte black Ferrari F12 (valued over $300,000) when the collision occurred around 4:00 PM local time...." April 06

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Where the Panthers are better – and worse – after Marty Hurney's free agency moves

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers made one big move in free agency. Like 6-foot-3, 346-pound big. Besides signing massive (and athletic) defensive tackle Dontari Poe to plug the interior in Star Lotulelei's absence, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney also traded for speed wide receiver Torrey Smith..." April 01

  • Bills To Sign WR/PR Kaelin Clay

    Pro Football Rumors "The Bills have signed wide receiver and return specialist Kaelin Clay, per Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). Clay spent part of last season with the Bills before being waived and picked up by the Panthers. The Utah alum was drafted by the Buccanneers in the sixth round of the 2015 draft but..." March 29

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • NFL owners get 'positive' report on sale of Panthers headed for May conclusion

    ESPN "The NFL gave a "positive" progress report on the sale of the Carolina Panthers at the owners meeting on Monday and confirmed the goal is to present a name for vote at the May 21-23 meetings in Atlanta. Three-fourths of the league’s 32 owners have to approve whatever candidate Panthers owner..." March 28

  • Rivera: Panthers fully expect Greg Olsen for 2018 season

    247 Sports "Greg Olsen created quite the stir when it was revealed a few weeks ago the veteran tight end was set to audition for the ESPN Monday Night Football color analyst gig, with even one report stating Olsen could hang up his cleats prematurely if awarded the job. But Panthers head coach Ron Rivera..." March 27

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Da'Norris Searcy still sees himself as a starter

    247 Sports "While there's no guarantee Da'Norris Searcy will start come the Panthers' season opener later this year, the veteran safety is just glad to be given the chance to compete for a No. 1 role once again. Searcy, who signed a two-year contract worth a total of $5.7 million this past Friday, joins a..." March 26

  • Panthers Re-Sign CB Ladarius Gunter

    Pro Football Rumors "The Panthers have re-signed cornerback Ladarius Gunter to a one-year deal, the club announced today. Gunter can earn up to $1.4MM including incentives, tweets Ian Rapoport of Carolina claimed Gunter off waivers from the Packers last September, but opted not to tender him as a..." March 26

  • Panthers sale proceeding quietly, but ramping up

    Pro Football Talk "There’s a general sense among NFL owners in Orlando this week that the sale of the Panthers will wrap up in time to vote on at their May meetings. But while a few bidders have been identified, the pace of things seems to be picking up back in Charlotte — where owner Jerry Richardson remains..." March 26

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • Next step in Panthers’ plan for LB Shaq Thompson? It’s already decided, coming soon.

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson started 36 games his first three years and figures to have an even bigger role when Thomas Davis retires after this season – and maybe sooner. So it’s not a surprise that the Panthers plan to pick up Thompson’s fifth-year option for the 2019 season,..." March 26

  • NFL owner tries to defend Jerry Richardson, reiterates stand on player social statements

    USA Today "Bob McNair is at it again. The Houston Texans owner, who ignited controversy last fall with his “inmates running the prison” analogy during a league meeting, is sure to spark more questions when he strongly defended scandal-scarred Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and reiterated..." March 25

  • Why buying the Carolina Panthers – or any NFL team – is risky business

    Charlotte Observer "When Tilman Fertitta bought the Houston Rockets last fall, the Texas billionaire spoke in a press conference about the merits of the NBA versus other professional leagues, like the NFL. Fertitta, who owns the restaurant group that includes McCormick & Schmick’s and Morton’s, knows the NFL well,..." March 24

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Ross Cockrell not returning to Giants as CB inks 2-year, $6.8M deal with Panthers

    New York Daily News "Cornerback Ross Cockrell will not be returning to the Giants next season. The defensive back signed a two-year, $6.8 million deal with the Carolina Panthers on Friday, his representatives, Reign Sports Management, announced on Twitter. Cockrell, 26, was a bright spot toward the end of the..." March 23

  • Panthers reportedly working on deal with Da’Norris Searcy

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers may have found their veteran safety. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Panthers are working on a two-year deal with former Titans safety Da'Norris Searcy. Searcy was released by the Titans earlier this month, after losing his starting gig to two guys Deion..." March 23

  • Panthers Bids Are Said to Pass $2.5 Billion

    Bloomberg "The price of the Carolina Panthers has reached $2.5 billion, according to people familiar with bids for the NFL team, which would set a record for a U.S. professional sports franchise. The rapid escalation in bidding has prompted Michael Rubin, the billionaire executive chairman of..." March 21

  • Panthers' Jerry Richardson, amid sale and investigation, to miss NFL meetings

    Charlotte Observer "Amid an investigation into allegations of his workplace misconduct and with the sale of his team apparently nearing a close, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will skip the NFL annual meetings next week in Orlando. Chief operating officer Tina Becker will represent the Panthers on all..." March 21

  • Ex-NFLers say league is trying to ‘rig’ concussion settlement, dementia claims are going unpaid

    New York Daily News "Victims of NFL concussions are tired of waiting for their money. Frustrated that their clients aren't getting paid fast enough, lawyers for players entitled to a share of the league's billion-dollar class-action concussion settlement said the NFL needs help finding its wallet. Specifically,..." March 21

  • Former NFL coach John Fox reportedly joining ESPN as studio analyst

    Awful Announcing "If you had asked us to name some NFL figures who would make compelling studio analysts, John Fox probably would not have cracked the list. The former Panthers, Broncos and Bears coach is known for being even-keeled and plainspoken in front of the camera, saying what he has to during press..." March 21

  • Bears, Bills, Saints, Texans, Jets, Raiders & Panthers Among Interested Teams In Allen Hurns

    NFL Trade Rumors "Free agent WR Allen Hurns mentioned during an interview that he’s already heard from around 10 since being released by the Jaguars earlier in the day. “Right now, the teams have reached out, it’s probably like 10 teams: the Bears, the Bills, Saints, Texans, Jets, Raiders, Panthers, there’s a..." March 21

  • West Coast teams want NFL rule limiting early kickoffs

    Pro Football Talk "Teams that play in the Pacific time zone are tired of early kickoffs on the East Coast (and even earlier kickoffs in London), and they want the NFL to limit them. Toward that end, the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals have proposed a rule to be discussed at next week’s league meeting that would..." March 20

  • Spring league Alliance of American Football to launch in 2019 on CBS

    CBS Sports "The XFL, the controversial football league founded by Vince McMahon in 1999 that lasted just one season, is set to return in 2020. But it won't be the only new professional football league -- or even the first to begin play. Charlie Ebersol -- the son of NBC executive Dick Ebersol, McMahon's..." March 20

  • NFL VP Troy Vincent confirms changes to NFL catch rule

    ESPN "The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington..." March 20

  • Proposed rule could allow officials at NFL office to eject players after instant replay

    Sporting News "Egregious “non-football acts" could be subject for ejection next season even if referees don't call for expulsion on the field. Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, told USA Today Sports on Monday that the league’s competition committee will propose a rule allowing..." March 20