Carolina Panthers Wiretap

Marty Hurney Meets With Panthers About GM Job

Jul 19, 2017 7:54 AM

Jerry Richardson met with former Carolina Panthers general manager Matt Hurney on Tuesday, according to a source.

The Panthers fired Dave Gettleman and Hurney is expected to be named the team's interim GM.

The plan would be for Hurney to run the team in 2017 while they seek a full-time candidate.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Panthers Fire Dave Gettleman As GM

Jul 17, 2017 12:27 PM

The Carolina Panthers have fired Dave Gettleman as general manager.

Gettleman had been general manager of the Panthers since 2013.

“After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager,” Richardson said. “I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons. While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed.”

Carolina finished 6-10 in 2016 after making the playoffs in each of Gettleman’s first three seasons with the team, capping 2015 with an NFC Championship.

Before joining Carolina, Gettleman spent nearly 30 years in NFL scouting departments. Overall, Gettleman has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997, and the New York Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011 before adding another appearance with Carolina in 2015. The Broncos, and 2007 and 2011 Giants won the championship. Gettleman has been associated with 16 playoff teams in his NFL career.

Gettleman's firing in the middle of July comes approximately one month after the Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with John Dorsey.

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DeAngelo Williams Not Interested In Cowboys, Browns, Panthers, Jaguars

Jul 12, 2017 6:02 PM

DeAngelo Williams revealed he'd prefer not to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers or Jacksonville Jaguars.

Williams has been one of the NFL's most productive backup running backs over the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While his reasons for not wanting to play for the Browns and Jaguars were business-related, they were purely personal regarding the Panthers and Cowboys.

Williams grew up as a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

"My fandom for the team I was raised as will not allow me to go to the Cowboys," Williams told Schefter. "I'm an '80s baby ... and the 49ers ruled the '80s. The Cowboys somewhat did something in the '90s; I even refuse to give them that. ...

"The Cowboys, they win. They just don't ever show up during the playoffs. They always disappear in the playoffs. I've got a great depiction of the Cowboys' fan base. During the regular season last year, they were on cloud nine. You couldn't tell them anything because they were going to win the 'ship -- that's all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying. Then, the minute they lose, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt -- the excuses start flowing. It's just amazing to me. That fan base just in general can't handle defeat. Still, to this day, they say that the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch!"

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Thomas Davis Wants Extension Before Training Camp

Jun 30, 2017 8:51 AM

Thomas Davis would like a contract extension from the Carolina Panthers before the start of training camp.

"That's something all players in the last year of their deal, especially for guys who have put up the numbers I've put up and played the way I've played the last few years, you'd hope something get worked out," Davis said. "We're not actively talking now, but hopefully we can do something before training camp happens."

Davis is entering the final year of his contract. The Panthers don't have a strong history of rewarding players with extra money later in their careers. DeAngelo Williams, Jordan Gross and Steve Smith have all departed.

"From a football standpoint and a community standpoint, Charlotte is always going to be home for me, and that's my mindset," Davis said. "I feel like there are a lot of people within our organization who feel the same way about me. But at the end of the day, it is a business and I understand that. Whatever happens moving forward there won't be any hard feelings from me. But I definitely plan on extending my career beyond this year.

"Hopefully that would never come to fruition with me that I would have to play for another team. That's not something that I look to do. And hopefully we can get something worked out here soon in terms of a contract extension. I don't think you'll find a player who cares more about the organization or a team than I do the Carolina Panthers. It goes above and beyond being a football player. I totally embrace the 'Keep Pounding' motto and it's part of my lifestyle and everything I do."

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Greg Olsen Wants To Restructure Contract

Jun 14, 2017 8:45 AM

Greg Olsen wants to restructure his contract with the Carolina Panthers.

Olsen has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons and wants to be paid among the best at his position.

He is the NFL's seventh-highest paid tight end at $7.5 million annually.

"In the ideal world, [a restructured contract] would be great," Olsen said. "I'm very confident on where I stand in the league and where I belong. Both productivity and all things considered, there's nobody that's been more productive or more consistent than I have. And I'll stand on that until the cows come home.

"You can make of that what you may. I feel comfortable with where I belong, and hopefully other people do, too."

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Ron Rivera: Christian McCaffrey Being 'Punished' By Rookie Rule

Jun 6, 2017 8:53 AM

Ron Rivera believes Christian McCaffrey is being "punished" by an NFL rule that doesn't allow rookies to participate in offseason workouts other than rookie camp until their school year ends.

For McCaffrey, that means he can't fully practice with the Carolina Panthers until June 14.

The Panthers used the eighth overall pick on McCaffrey last month.

"I just think if a young man on his own is not going to enroll, don't hold that against him," Rivera said. "You don't know who you're going to get through the draft. If those young men decided on their own, then they're being punished for something that is their choice.

"It really only hurts the player. He's got to come in [late] and learn and grow and fit in."

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Cam Newton Ahead Of Schedule In Recovery From Surgery

Jun 5, 2017 1:30 PM

Cam Newton is ahead of schedule rehabbing his shoulder following surgery.

"He is ahead of schedule," coach Ron Rivera said after Monday's voluntary workout. "We're not putting him ahead of schedule. He's doing all the band work, all the stretching, all the rehab he's supposed to."

Newton had surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30. 

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

Jonathan Stewart On Losing Carries To Christian McCaffrey: Who Cares?

May 31, 2017 9:06 AM

Jonathan Stewart isn't worried about losing carries to rookie Christian McCaffrey with the Carolina Panthers this coming season.

"Stop talking about that. Who cares?" Stewart said. "We want to win the Super Bowl, right? That's the bottom line. It's not about people getting carries. It's not about people getting catches or touchdowns.

"It's about what can you contribute to get us to the Super Bowl."

The Panthers used the eighth overall pick on McCaffery earlier this month.

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Bills Hire Brandon Beane As New GM

May 10, 2017 12:49 AM

The Buffalo Bills hired Brandon Beane as general manager Tuesday, the team announced, ending their search to replace Doug Whaley after he was fired April 30.

Beane, 40, had served as the Carolina Panthers' assistant GM since 2015. He joined the Panthers in 1998 and was named director of football operations in 2008.

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Michael Oher Cited For Assaulting Uber Driver

May 5, 2017 7:56 AM

Michael Oher has been cited for allegedly assaulting an Uber driver in Nashville, Tennessee.

The incident was reported April 14, and Oher has been ordered to appear in court on May 8 for the misdemeanor assault charge.

"We are aware an incident occurred involving Michael," Carolina Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said. "We have no further comment at this time."

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

Panthers Want To Run More Tom Brady-Style Passes For Cam Newton
The Panthers want to add to their offense this season and Mike Shula says one dimension they plan to add includes more Tom Brady-style passes to running backs.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Panthers Sign Kawann Short To Five-Year, $80M Deal
Kawann Short said he wanted to remain with the Panthers even if it meant the franchise tag.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jonathan Stewart Signs Extension With Panthers Through 2018
Jonathan Stewart was scheduled to count $8,250,000 against the salary cap this season.


Cam Newton To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
Cam Newton will undergo surgery for a partially torn rotator cuff.

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Julius Peppers Agrees To Sign With Panthers
Julius Peppers turned 37 in January.


Charles Johnson Re-Signs With Carolina, Will Recruit Julius Peppers
Carolina almost re-signed Julius Peppers in 2014.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers Place Franchise Tag On Kawaan Short
The Panthers have placed the "non-exclusive" franchise tag on defensive tackle Kawann Short.


Panthers Sign Mario Addison To Three-Year Deal
Mario Addison led the Panthers in sacks this season with a career-high 9.5.


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

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Victor Cruz Visits With Panthers
Victor Cruz, who was released by the Giants last week, visited with the Panthers over the weekend.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Bills Reportedly 'Zeroed In' On Sean McDermott As New Coach
The Bills have reportedly "zeroed in" on Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as their next head coach, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.

Buffalo News

No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Steve Smith Sr. '89 Percent Sure' He'll Retire
Steve Smith will retire as one of 11 players to record more than 1,000 catches and 14,000 yards receiving.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

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

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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.

David Newton/ESPN

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."

David Newton/ESPN

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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