Carolina Panthers Wiretap

Kelvin Benjamin Comfortable Without Knee Brace

Aug 19, 2016 10:58 AM

Kelvin Benjamin has no plans to wear a brace to protect the ACL he tore in his left knee last summer.

Benjamin is uncomfortable wearing the brace and the Carolina Panthers are backing his decision.

"If you put something on him and it prohibits him from being who he is, you don't gain anything," Ron Rivera said. "I would like to see him wear it, but he says he feels good and the doctors say he's doing well. So we'll just keep our fingers crossed."

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Cam Newton Doesn't Believe Criticism Of Him Is Racist

Aug 15, 2016 12:04 PM

Cam Newton told GQ during a wide-ranging interview that he doesn't think he is subjected to extra scrutiny because he is black.

"It's not racism," Newton told the magazine. "Everybody's entitled to their own opinion."

Newton has been critiqued for his playing style and demeanor throughout his career.

"I don't want this to be about race, because it's not. It's not," the Carolina Panthers quarterback said. "Like, we're beyond that. As a nation."

Leading up to Super Bowl 50, Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, created headlines when he described himself as "an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven't seen nothing they can compare me to."


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Michael Vick: Cam Newton Couldn't Beat Me In 40-Yard Dash

Jul 27, 2016 7:30 AM

Michael Vick, who is looking for a job with a contender at 36, believes he's still faster than Cam Newton.

Vick ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at his pro day while Newton was clocked at 4.59 seconds.

"Cam couldn't beat you in the 40?" a reporter asked.

"No, Cam can't beat me in the 40," Vick smiled. "But his speed is decent. Decent speed. Good enough. Fast enough, I will say that."

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Kurt Coleman, Panthers Reach Three-Year Extension

Jul 27, 2016 7:26 AM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Kurt Coleman.

Coleman is expected to sign the new deal on Wednesday.

The safety broke out with the Panthers last year after five seasons as a special team player and part-time starter with the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints.

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Cam Newton: Panthers 'Favorites' For First Time In Years

Jul 13, 2016 1:13 PM

The Carolina Panthers open training camp in two weeks and Cam Newton says the reigning NFC champions will be "favorites" for the first time in quite a while.

"For the first time in a long time, I think for me, this may be the first time ever since I've been affiliated with the Panthers that we're favorites, not necessarily to go far in the playoffs but just winning games and being favorites to win those games," Newton said. "One thing that Coach Shula (offensive coordinator Mike Shula) as well as Coach [Ron] Rivera shared with us is that nothing is promised.

"Just because we went 15-1 in the regular season doesn't necessarily mean we're going to go 16-0 in the next season. For us, I think our main focus right now is starting from scratch and understanding that and maximizing every opportunity and every person's responsibility and for us as players, coming together to make each other better."

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Cam Newton Named NFL's Top Player By Peers

Jul 7, 2016 3:48 PM

Cam Newton has been selected as the No. 1 player in the NFL by his peers.

Newton's MVP season included a 15-1 regular season mark, an NFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl 50.

Newton rounded out a top 10 that also included (in descending order): Odell Beckham Jr., Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, Luke Kuechly, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Antonio Brown, J.J. Watt and Tom Brady.

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Cam Newton Launches Production Company

Jun 30, 2016 8:32 AM

Cam Newton has launched Iconic Saga Productions, in partnership with Magical Elves, the producers behind "All in With Cam Newton."

Newton will now be able to expand his presence in the entertainment world. He was already an executive producer for Nickelodeon's "All In With Cam Newton."

The Carolina Panthers quarterback will be helped by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves, who will create and develop unscripted projects.

"As soon as we started working on 'All In,' I knew that Dan and Jane would be the perfect partners," Newton said in a statement.

"I'm excited to continue building on what we've already started, creating new, fun, authentic content for the world to see."

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Thomas Davis: Cam Newton Has 'Matured' Since Super Bowl Interview

Jun 22, 2016 7:24 PM

Cam Newton was criticized by many for his handling of a post-Super Bowl interview, in which he seemed to sulk and walk off early, but teammate Thomas Davis says the quarterback has learned from the experience.

"Cam understands and he knows that, in that situation, being who he is, being the role model that he is, he has to handle that situation better," Davis told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. "And he's learned from that, I feel like. Hopefully, we're never in that position again where we're losing the Super Bowl, but I definitely feel like Cam has matured since that point and he's definitely going to be much better at handling different adverse situations like that."

Another Carolina Panthers teammate, Greg Olsen, told Mad Dog Sports Radio that Newton has never been a distraction for the team.

"Some people may not like it," Olsen said. "It might not be traditional or what they expected but Cam's true to himself and at the end of the day the only thing that matters is how do the guys in the locker room respond to him -- how the guys in the locker room respect him and rally around him -- and that's never been an issue since the day he got here as a rookie in 2011."

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Charles Tillman Only Wants To Play For Panthers

Jun 20, 2016 8:57 AM

Charles Tillman only wants to play for the Carolina Panthers if he returns for a 14th NFL season.

Tillman continues his rehab from surgery five months ago to repair his torn ACL.

"I just want to play for Carolina," he said.

Tillman tore his ACL in Week 17 last season, forcing him to miss Carolina's run to the Super Bowl. On Saturday, he said he's "probably another two months" away from being able to contribute, and if he signs with a team it likely would be near the end of training camp.


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Panthers Sign Ron Rivera To Three-Year, $19.5M Extension

Jun 17, 2016 8:46 AM

Ron Rivera has signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract extension with the Carolina Panthers after leading them to the Super Bowl last season.

Rivera is now under contract through the 2018 season.

According to a report, the remainder of the Carolina coaching staff receives raises as well.

"It was an easy decision," Dave Gettleman said. "Ron has worked extremely hard and we are thrilled with our current direction. Mr. Richardson has established a great culture here and Ron is a big part of that."

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Cam Newton Will No Longer Celebrate TDs With Dab
Cam Newton first used the dab in November at Tennessee, which drew national attention after a letter to the editor was published from a mother who found the dance offensive to her 9-year-old daughter.

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Ryan Kalil Signs Two-Year Extension With Panthers
The Panthers are using some of their money created by not re-signing Josh Norman.

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Josh Norman Tried To Sign Tag With Panthers At Last Minute
Josh Norman made a last-minute attempt to sign his franchise tag with the Panthers, according to a league source and multiple reports.

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Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington
Josh Norman also considered the 49ers and Saints before choosing Washington.

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49ers, Washington Considered Frontrunners For Josh Norman
Washington and the San Francisco 49ers are strongly pursuing Josh Norman in free agency and are considered the frontrunners.

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David Gettleman Eager To Use Josh Norman's Cap Space
By clearing Josh Norman's tag number, the Panthers now have approximately $31 million in salary-cap space.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers Rescind Franchise Tag On Josh Norman
The franchise tag had guaranteed Josh Norman $13.952 million in 2016.


Josh Norman Won't Report To Voluntary Workouts
Josh Norman is seeking a long-term deal with the Panthers, who have until July 15 to strike a deal.

David Newton/ESPN

Broncos To Host Panthers In 2016 NFL Season Opener
The Broncos and Panthers will play on Sept. 8th on NBC.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers Release Charles Johnson
The Panthers could still re-sign Charles Johnson in free agency.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers Use Franchise Tag On Josh Norman
If the Panthers and Josh Norman are unable to agree upon a long-term deal, he will play under a one-year salary of $13.952 million.

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Jared Allen Announces Retirement At 33
Jared Allen retires as a five-time Pro Bowler.

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Luke Kuechly To Undergo Surgery On Torn Labrum
Luke Kuechly suffered the injury in the first half of the Panthers' Week 17 game.

David Newton/ESPN

Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

Oskar Garcia/AP

Cam Newton Nearly Unanimous As NFL MVP
Cam Newton received 48 votes while Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Ron Rivera Named Coach Of The Year
Ron Rivera has been named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

Barry Wilner/AP

Cam Newton Wins Offensive Player Of The Year
Cam Newton had 35 passing touchdowns and an additional 10 rushing while throwing for 3,847 yards.


Panthers Made Blockbuster Offer To Colts For Peyton Manning In 1998
Bill Polian had drafted Kerry Collins just three years earlier when he was GM of the Panthers.

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Thomas Davis Expects To Play In Super Bowl Despite Broken Arm
Thomas Davis underwent surgery which included 11 or 12 screws and a metal plate inserted into his arm.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers Open As -5.5 Favorites, Line Moves To -4 With Bets On Broncos
The Broncos were -2.5 favorites against the Seahawks and lost 43-8.

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