Carolina Panthers Wiretap

Cam Newton To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Mar 21, 2017 3:03 PM

Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder at Carolinas Medical Center on March 30. The injury occurred against the San Diego Chargers in Week 14 of last season. Newton finished the game, and the following week, an MRI revealed a partially torn rotator cuff.

“It is well-documented and well-researched that overhead throwing athletes commonly have wear and tear to their rotator cuffs,” head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. “As a result of the MRI, we modified all of Cam’s work in the weight room and on the field for the final three weeks of the season.”

Newton did not miss any snaps in the remaining three games, and after the season concluded, a number of MRIs were performed to monitor his progress. Newton also saw a rehabilitation specialist in Atlanta who was in daily contact with Vermillion.

“We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March,” Vermillion said. “Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage – the strengthening stage, the throwing stage – he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing.

“As a result, Dr. Pat Connor (head team physician) felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder.”

Newton has missed just three games in six NFL seasons. 

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

Julius Peppers Agrees To Sign With Panthers

Mar 10, 2017 1:29 PM

Julius Peppers has agreed to sign with the Carolina Panthers.

Peppers spent eight seasons with the Panthers after being selected second overall out of North Carolina in the 2002 NFL Draft. Peppers joined the Chicago Bears in 2020 and then the Green Bay Packers in 2014.

The Packers signed Peppers to a three-year, $26 million contract in 2014 after he was released by the Bears.

Peppers turned 37 in January.


Tags: Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Charles Johnson Re-Signs With Carolina, Will Recruit Julius Peppers

Mar 7, 2017 8:03 PM

The Carolina Panthers have re-signed Charles Johnson on a two-year, $9.5 million deal.

Johnson is ready to help recruit Julius Peppers.

Peppers, who spent the past three seasons playing outside linebacker with the Packers, spent his first eight NFL seasons playing end at Carolina after being made the second pick of the 2002 draft. 

Johnson made it clear Carolina is where he wants to retire and said it would be fitting if Peppers did the same thing in his home state.

"I just want to see him retire a Panther,'' he said.

Carolina almost re-signed Peppers in 2014.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Panthers Place Franchise Tag On Kawaan Short

Feb 27, 2017 3:44 PM

The Carolina Panthers have placed the "non-exclusive" franchise tag on defensive tackle Kawann Short.

Short can sign an offer sheet with another team. If the Panthers decide not to match, they would receive two first-round picks as compensation.

The Panthers can still sign Short to a long-term contract, but they must do so by July 15. If no deal is reached by that point, Short will have to play on the one-year franchise tender.


Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Panthers Sign Mario Addison To Three-Year Deal

Feb 26, 2017 6:44 PM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed upon a new three-year deal with Mario Addison.

"Mario has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract," general manager Dave Gettleman told the team website. "He consistently affects the quarterback, and we envision an increased role for him in our defense. He's a pro in the way he approaches the game and brings an upbeat attitude to our locker room. We're thrilled he will continue his career with the Panthers."


Addison led the Panthers in sacks this season with a career-high 9.5.


Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Panthers Release Mike Tolbert

Feb 21, 2017 4:35 PM

The Carolina Panthers have released Mike Tolbert, creating $1,725,000 in salary cap space.

Tolbert, 31, last offseason signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal with $700,000 guaranteed.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Victor Cruz Visits With Panthers

Feb 20, 2017 4:03 PM

Victor Cruz, who was released by the New York Giants last week, visited with the Carolina Panthers over the weekend.

Cruz left the Panthers without a contract offer and is believed to have at least one other visit scheduled.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bills Reportedly 'Zeroed In' On Sean McDermott As New Coach

Jan 11, 2017 9:04 AM

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly "zeroed in" on Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as their next head coach, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.

McDermott has interviewed with the Bills, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.

Buffalo News

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Steve Smith Sr. '89 Percent Sure' He'll Retire

Dec 28, 2016 1:54 PM

Steve Smith Sr. will likely retire this offseason after 16 years in the NFL.

Smith, 37, will retire as one of 11 players to record more than 1,000 catches and 14,000 yards receiving.

 said he is "89 percent sure" -- which represents his uniform number -- that he will leave the game.

"Football has given me more than I probably could give football back," Smith said. "But for 2016, '17 and beyond, this is probably my last game."

Smith was a third round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2001 and he's played the past three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

RealGM Staff Report

Cam Newton Regrets Reaction After Helmet-To-Helmet Hit
Cam Newton wasn't happy with a helmet-to-helmet hit during Monday night's game against the Redskins, but regrets his reaction after the play, which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

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Cam Newton Had MRI On Throwing Shoulder
Cam Newton had an MRI on his throwing shoulder on Tuesday morning.

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Cam Newton Dismisses Speculation About Reason For Benching
Cam Newton dismissed speculation about why he was benched for the first offensive series against the Seahawks last week as "falsified stories."

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Cam Newton Benched For Not Wearing Tie On Panthers' Flight
Cam Newton boarded the team's charter flight wearing a black turtleneck and blazer.

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Cam Newton Benched For First Series Following Dress Code Violation
The Panthers benched Cam Newton for the team's first offensive series against the Seahawks on Sunday night because of a dress code violation.

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Richard Sherman: Cam Newton Missing Playoffs Is Karmic Payback
Richard Sherman says the Panthers' struggles this season are karmic payback for how Cam Newton acted after the Panthers defeated the Seahawks in the divisional round of last year's playoffs.

Sheil Kapadia/ESPN

Luke Kuechly Carted Off With Possible Concussion
Luke Kuechly was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and was being evaluated for a concussion.

David Newton/ESPN

Cam Newton Has 'Great Discussion' With Roger Goodell
Cam Newton believes he got his point across to Roger Goodell in a meeting with the commissioner about not being treated fairly in the pocket.

David Newton/ESPN

Cam Newton To Contact Roger Goodell About No-Calls
Cam Newton said the no-calls on hits he's taken have taken the fun out of the game.

David Newton/ESPN

NFL, NFLPA Issues Statement On Cam Newton's Concussion Protocol Probe
The NFL and NFL Players Association have issued a joint statement on the investigation into whether proper protocol was followed after Cam Newton suffered a hit to the head on Sept. 8.


Cam Newton Walks Out During Press Conference After Loss
Cam Newton's press conference with reporters lasted just 90 seconds after the Panthers lost an overtime thriller to the Saints on Sunday afternoon.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Start Week 6
The Panthers enter Week 6 with a 1-4 record.

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Panthers Won't Limit Cam Newton's Running
The Panthers have no plans to limit Cam Newton's running once he gets final clearance through the concussion protocol.

Black And Blue Review

NFL Changes Start Times For Two Week 8 Games
The Packers at Falcons game will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX, while the Cardinals at Panthers game moves to 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.


Cam Newton Returns To Practice, Expected To Start In Week 6
Cam Newton missed Week 5 due to a concussion.

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Ron Rivera: Panthers Need To Play More Disciplined
The Panthers are a disappointing 1-4 through five games and Ron Rivera believes some of the team's players are simply trying to make big plays.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Cam Newton's Inner Circle Urging Him To Play More Safely
Cam Newton suffered a concussion during the fourth quarter of last week's loss as he approached the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Panthers Rule Out Cam Newton For Week 5 With Concussion
Derek Anderson will start for the Panthers in place of Cam Newton.

David Newton/ESPN

Cam Newton Remains In Concussion Protocol
The Panthers would start Derek Anderson against the Buccaneers in Week 5 if Newton is unable to play.

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