Billionaire hedge fund manager, investor, and philanthropist David Tepper has emerged as a strong contender to purchase the NFL's Carolina Panthers, a team executive informed Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Former owner Jerry Richardson announced he would put the team up for sale after the conclusion of the 2017 season in December. That followed a Sports Illustrated report suggesting he'd made multiple confidential payouts to former employees who said Richardson sexually harassed them or made racist comments.