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Norv Turner Finalizing Deal To Become Carolina's OC

Jan 11, 2018 8:07 AM

Norv Turner was in Charlotte on Wednesday to finalize a deal to become the new offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, according to a source.

Turner's son, Scott, is expected to be the team's quarterbacks coach.

On Tuesday, the Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

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Panthers Fire Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula

Jan 9, 2018 12:12 PM

The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

In 2017, Carolina finished 19th in total offense (323.7), fourth in rushing offense (131.4), 28th in passing (192.3) and 12th in points (22.7).

Shula joined the Panthers in 2011.

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NFL's Rising Cap Has Changed Success Rate Of Free Agency Strategy

Jan 9, 2018 11:10 AM

Six of the top-10 spenders during the 2017 NFL free agency period (Patriots, Titans, Rams, Vikings, Panthers, Jaguars) made the playoffs.

Over the past six years, the cap has jumped from $120 million to $167 million and it has climbed by at least $10 million year over year during the past four seasons. 

After the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, rookie salaries also became significantly cheaper which opened up even more cap space.

The competitive balance changed dramatically as teams had to figure out how to use the new cap space.

“It’s the biggest untold story in football,” said former Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns president Joe Banner. “With the excessive amount of available cap space, close to a billion dollars—some teams can’t mentally keep up with that.”

The common wisdom just a few years ago that free agency was a bad investment for teams.

Sports Illustrated wrote just three years ago that some big-spending teams had learned that “shelling out cash to players who are nearing their 30s can end up backfiring in spectacular fashion.”

Multiple league executives, coaches, and experts told The Ringer that it is changing the way teams are built at an unprecedented pace and turned free agency from a last resort into a legitimate team-building strategy.

“I can distinctly remember the days when it was almost every year, you had to let people go because of money,” Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said. “Nowadays, I don’t ever remember thinking, ‘Uh-oh, we’re up against the books here.’ Now, it’s more of a strategy. ‘If we keep this guy, what does it keep us from doing?’ It’s not, ‘Hey, we’ve gotta do some things just to get legal.’ I think that’s what has allowed you to make, let’s call it ‘strategic football decisions.’”

 

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Panthers Facing Questions About Cam Newton's Quick Return

Jan 8, 2018 8:40 AM

The Carolina Panthers are facing questions from the NFL after quickly clearing Cam Newton to return to Sunday's playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

The controversy comes less than two weeks after a league mandate requiring more extensive concussion testing for players demonstrating obvious symptoms.

League officials have already been in contact with the Panthers' medical staff as to why Newton was not taken to the locker room when he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Newton was slow to get up after defensive tackle David Onyemata hit him with 8 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the Panthers' 31-26 loss. He was replaced by Derek Anderson, and, as he moved toward the sideline, Newton went to the ground and appeared to be pointing toward his right eye.

Ron Rivera said after the game that Newton had been poked in the eye. But in revisions to its concussion policy announced Dec. 29, the NFL said it would "require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand)."

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NASCAR's Brian France Hopes To Purchase Panthers

Jan 4, 2018 9:04 AM

The Carolina Panthers are expected to be put up for sale soon and Brian France hopes to lead a group that will purchase the team.

France, who runs NASCAR, would be the majority owner of the Panthers.

Various others have expressed interest in trying to buy the team.

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2018 2:54 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.


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Charlotte Committed To Keeping Panthers

Dec 20, 2017 7:49 AM

Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles is "completely motivated" to keep the Carolina Panthers in town after Jerry Richardson sells the team he founded.

Richardson is being investigated by the NFL for workplace misconduct. He announced Sunday he will put the team up for sale after this season.

The 81-year-old made a deal in 2013, when the city agreed to pay $75 million in stadium upgrades, to keep the team in Charlotte through the 2018 season.

"The City of Charlotte values its long-running relationship with the Panthers after more than 22 seasons of NFL football," Lyles said in a statement. "The Panthers are part of Charlotte's fabric. We've celebrated victories and anguished over defeats. We understand transitions are inevitable, and we look forward to working with current and future ownership."

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Tina Becker Takes Over Day-To-Day Control Of Panthers

Dec 19, 2017 8:18 AM

Jerry Richardson is no longer involved in the day-to-day operation of the Carolina Panthers.

Tina Becker was named the chief operating officer of the Panthers on Monday.

Richardson is under investigation by the NFL for allegations of workplace misconduct ranging from sexual harassment to the use of a racial slur with a former team scout. He will put the team up for sale after the season.

The decision to put Becker in this role was made by the Panthers and wasn't a request by the league, the team said.

"These have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers, but I am lifted up by the strong resolve and the commitment our employees have shown to this organization," Becker said in a statement.

"Our team on the field is performing at a very high level, and I believe is bound for the Super Bowl. My immediate focus will be to ensure the corporate side of the organization performs at the same high level, while addressing the real concerns that have been raised in recent days."

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Thomas Davis Suspended Two Games For Hit On Davante Adams

Dec 19, 2017 8:15 AM

The NFL has suspended Thomas Davis for two games for an illegal hit on Davante Adams during Sunday's game between the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers.

The linebacker plans to appeal the suspension.

"The league made a decision, you know, fortunately we have an appeals process we will go through that. Whatever happens from there, happens," Davis said.

Davis, leading with his helmet, hit a defenseless Adams as a teammate was returning an interception.

He was penalized for the hit but remained in the game.

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Julius Peppers Tried To Avoid Hurting Aaron Rodgers On Sack

Dec 18, 2017 12:22 PM

Julius Peppers admitted he let up a little bit when sacking Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter of Carolina's win over the Packers.

Peppers said he wanted to “get the ball but make sure [Rodgers] didn’t get hurt.”

Peppers played for the Packers for three seasons.

Mike McCarthy and the Packers must decide whether to let Rodgers play for their final two games of the season with their playoff hopes being all but eliminated.

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Colin Kaepernick, Stephen Curry Want To Join Diddy In Buying Panthers
Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry have each Tweeted interest in purchasing the Panthers.

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Jerry Richardson To Put Panthers Up For Sale After Season
The decision comes as the NFL investigates allegations of workplace misconduct made against Jerry Richardson.

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Jerry Richardson Under Investigation For Workplace Misconduct
Jerry Richardson has owned the Panthers since their inception in 1995.

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

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Vikings Plan For Cam Newton: Hit Him Like A Running Back
The last time the Vikings played the Carolina Panthers, in September 2016, Cam Newton was sacked a total of eight times by six different players.

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Charles Johnson Suspended Four Games For PED Violation
Charles Johnson has 16 tackles and no sacks this season.

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Greg Olsen Activated From Injured Reserve
Greg Olsen suffered a broken foot in Week 2 and missed the past eight games.

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Cam Newton Promises To Play With Emotion
After a flat stretch, Cam Newton promised more emotional play from the Panthers and it worked in a 20-17 victory over the Falcons.

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Bills Acquire Kelvin Benjamin From Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin has been traded to the Bills.

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Cam Newton Walks Out On Media After Question About Offense
Cam Newton abruptly walked out of his Wednesday news conference after a question about the Panthers' ability to consistently get yardage in "big chunks.''

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Christian McCaffrey Could Break Rookie Reception Record
Christian McCaffrey had 10 catches for the Panthers on Thursday night, giving him 37 through six games.

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Cam Newton Apologizes For Response To Female Reporter
A day after questioning a female reporter's football knowledge, Cam Newton apologized Thursday via social media for what he called an "extremely degrading and disrespectful" choice of words.

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Cam Newton Laughs At Female Reporter's Question
Cam Newton laughed when a female reporter asked about one of his teammates on Wednesday, saying it was "funny to hear a female" ask the question.

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Thomas Davis, Panthers Agree Upon Extension Through 2018
Thomas Davis' deal is worth $6.75 million.

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Panthers Give Thomas Davis One-Year Extension
The Panthers have signed Thomas Davis to a one-year contract extension, which will keep him with the franchise through 2018.

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Cam Newton Still Not Throwing After Week Off
Cam Newton still isn't throwing after taking a week off because of soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

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Ron Rivera: Cam Newton 'Rusty' But Looks Good Throwing
Cam Newton is still rounding into form after undergoing rotator cuff surgery four months ago.

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Panthers Agree To $45M Extension With Trai Turner
Trai Turner was a third round pick in 2014 and is a two-time Pro Bowler.

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Panthers Release Michael Oher
Michael Oher has been in the NFL concussion protocol since last September.

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Marty Hurney Meets With Panthers About GM Job
The Panthers fired Dave Gettleman and Marty Hurney is expected to be named the team's interim GM.

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