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Kelvin Benjamin Out For Season With Torn ACL

Aug 19, 2015 6:17 PM

Kelvin Benjamin will miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Benjamin suffered the non-contact injury during one-on-one drills Wednesday.

"Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He’s worked tremendously hard to put himself in a position to have a strong year. We’re confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before."

Benjamin was one of the top performers throughout training camp, and he was poised to build on an impressive rookie season in which he set team rookie records for receptions (73), yards (1,008) and touchdowns (9). 

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Fantasy, Injury

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Jonathan Martin Retires At Age Of 25

Jul 27, 2015 3:06 PM

Jonathan Martin will retire from the NFL as he deals with a back injury that would have forced him out of the 2015 season.

Martin was a second round pick out of Stanford in 2012.

Martin spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins and was the victim of a bullying scandal.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Martin for the 2014 season. The Carolina Panthers had claimed Martin and he was going to be in their training camp.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Greg Hardy Has 10-Game Suspension Reduced To Four

Jul 10, 2015 8:24 PM

The suspension of Greg Hardy has been reduced from 10 games to four games.

The NFL initially suspended Hardy in April for what it deemed to be multiple violations of the league's personal conduct policy during an incident with a former girlfriend in spring 2014. The charges against Hardy, who was with the Carolina Panthers at the time, were eventually dismissed after the ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, refused to cooperate with the Mecklenburg (North Carolina) County district attorney's office.

Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason.

In July 2014, Hardy was found guilty by a judge of assaulting Holder and threatening to kill her. He received a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months' probation on misdemeanor charges but appealed the judge's ruling in favor of a jury trial. The case was dismissed in February when Holder chose not to cooperate with authorities after receiving a settlement from Hardy.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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Cam Newton Completes Degree In Sociology

Jun 6, 2015 6:47 PM

Cam Newton completed his degree in sociology from Auburn this week before signing a five-year, $103.8 million extension.

Newton recently sat down with ESPN’s Trey Wingo to talk about earning his degree. Here are portions of that interview, which aired Friday on "NFL Live", beginning with what it means to hear the words "college graduate."

"It just gives me so much chills," Newton told Wingo. "It’s like, I’m in the ... and the league class that so many people cherish, but I also can shine light to so many other people that was in the dark. Just to say, 'Why do I need my degree? I already got money. Why do I need my degree?' ... It's not about how it may seem to you. It just makes sense.

"I’m Cam Newton. I’m a graduate of ... of ... of a college. Not only a college, one of the best colleges. Or in my opinion, the best college, you know, in the nation at Auburn University."

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Cam Newton Signs $103.8M Extension With Panthers

Jun 2, 2015 5:24 PM

The Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton have agreed upon a five-year, $103.8 million extension.

The extension features $60 million guaranteed and will earn Newton $67.6 million in the first three years, according to the source. The deal further breaks down to a $22.5 million signing bonus, a $7.5 million roster bonus due Saturday, and a $1 million base salary this season which all totals to $31 million for this season, the source said.


Newton will be the highest paid player in the NFL in 2015 barring an extension for Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck.


Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Cam Newton, Panthers Close To Extension Agreement

Jun 1, 2015 11:28 AM

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are close to agreement on a contract extension. The deal is likely to run through 2020.

Newton, the first pick of the 2011 draft, is in the final year of his rookie contract. Carolina exercised the fifth-year option on that deal last year, meaning Newton is currently set to make $14,666,666 in 2015 before an extension.


Newton's neal deal will likely average between $20 million and $21 million per season.

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Panthers Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Luke Kuechly

Apr 26, 2015 12:18 PM

The Carolina Panthers have picked up their fifth-year option on Luke Kuechly's contract.

Kuechly has been one of the NFL's most productive linebackers since entering the league in 2012.

Kuechly will now be due $11.1 million for 2016. The Panthers are likely to work to sign him to a longer extension at some point.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Greg Hardy Suspended 10 Games By NFL

Apr 22, 2015 4:12 PM

The NFL has suspended Greg Hardy for 10 games.

"The NFL’s investigation concluded Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force vs Nicole Holder in at least four instances."

Hardy left the Carolina Panthers to sign with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

“You should understand that another violation of this nature may result in your banishment from the NFL,” said Roger Goodell to Hardy.

If Hardy's suspension isn't reduced, his first game will be on Thanksgiving Day against the Panthers.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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NFL Reaches Deal With D.A. To Examine Photos From Greg Hardy's Trial

Apr 1, 2015 1:51 PM

The NFL has reached a deal with the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) District Attorney’s office to look at seven photos from Greg Hardy’s bench trial last summer. 

Hardy was found guilty in that trial, but appealed to have a jury trial and then had the charges dismissed when accuser Nicole Holder failed to appear in court.

Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and awaits a suspension from the NFL.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the photos are of Holder’s injuries and were taken by “a medical advocate.” They will only be seen by the NFL, NFLPA and any experts involved in the investigation.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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Panthers Sign Jarrett Boykin

Mar 27, 2015 4:04 PM

The Carolina Panthers have signed Jarrett Boykin.

Boykin is coming off a third season with the Green Bay Packers where he caught just three balls for 25 yards.

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

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Greg Hardy To Choose Between Cowboys, Buccaneers
Greg Hardy is undergoing a physical on Wednesday.

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Raiders In Discussions With Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy became one of the NFL's best pass rushers in 2012 and 2013.

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Greg Hardy To Meet With NFL
The Panthers are not expected to re-sign Greg Hardy.

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Panthers Release DeAngelo Williams
The Panthers have about $6.6 million in dead money with the release of DeAngelo Williams.

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Cam Newton Willing To Let QB Market Reset
Cam Newton is scheduled to make a fully guaranteed $14.7 million in 2015 after the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option.

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Greg Hardy's Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed
Greg Hardy had reached a civil suit agreement with the woman, who couldn't be found for the criminal trial.

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Star Lotulelei Fractures Foot, Out At Least Two weeks
Star Lotuleli could return for the Super Bowl if the Panthers were to advance.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident
Cam Newton suffered two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

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Cam Newton To Play Week 16 If He Can Protect Himself
Cam Newton will play in Week 16 if Ron Rivera is confident he can protect himself.

Joseph Person/Charlotte Observer

Cam Newton Released From Hospital, Derek Anderson To Start
Derek Anderson will start for the Panthers with Cam Newton recovering from his car accident.

Cam Newton Has Two Fractures In Back Following Car Crash
Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back during his Tuesday car accident.

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Cam Newton Injured After Truck Flips Over Four Times
Cam Newton has been injured in a two-car crash and taken to a Charlotte hospital.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Greg Hardy Wants To Play Again This Season
Greg Hardy hopes to play again this season while his domestic violence case is pending.

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Greg Hardy Will Miss Remainder Of Season As Trial Postponed
Greg Hardy was found guilty in a bench trial of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, which is now under appeal.

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Kelvin Benjamin Ran Slower 40 To Be Drafted By Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin was drafted with the 28th overall pick.

David Newton/ESPN

Cam Newton Won't Avoid Sherman, Also Won't Be Idiot
Richard Sherman will likely draw Kelvin Benjamin on a lot of snaps, which is a matchup Cam Newton won't ignore.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers To Give Cam Newton Extension 'In Due Time'
Cam Newton is making a base salary of $3.3 million this year, but is slated to get a bump to $14.6 million in 2015

Steve Reed/AP

Steve Smith: Panthers, Gettleman Released Me For Personal Reasons
Dave Gettleman allegedly told Steve Smith that he wasn't as good as he formerly was, while also serving as a distraction to the team.

David Newton/ESPN

Greg Hardy Placed On Exempt List
Greg Hardy will not be allowed to play until the case is resolved and a suspension will be forthcoming thereafter.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

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