Count former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo among those wanting to buy the Carolina Panthers. A day after the Panthers announced that embattled owner Jerry Richardson will sell the franchise, ESPN reported that DeBartolo is interested. DeBartolo issued a statement saying he’d “respect Jerry Richardson’s wish to not discuss the sale of the Carolina Panthers until after their season is over,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. DeBartolo presided over the 49ers dynasty that produced five Super Bowl championships before he got entangled in legal trouble, drew a year suspension from the NFL and turned control of his 49ers shares to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York. As the 49ers owner from 1977-2000, DeBartolo also revolutionized many aspects of the NFL, including from a business-operation and salary-cap standpoint.