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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned the Titans, Panthers, Saints, and Bears as teams that could be interested in a trade for franchise player Jarvis Landry.

The Titans were the first team out of RapSheet's mouth, while the other three clubs were kind of thrown out there at the end. Tennessee GM Jon Robinson has had a penchant for big trades since taking the job and needs a slot receiver after Eric Decker completely flopped as a free-agent pickup. The Titans do have sophomore Taywan Taylor as an option, but Landry would give Marcus Mariota a reliable safety blanket with Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews on the outside. Carolina and Chicago obviously also need plenty of help at receiver.
Feb 23 - 10:27 AM

Giants hired Mike Shula as offensive coordinator.

This comes as a bit of a surprise since Shula's name had not shown up in reports, but he did work as the offensive coordinator for GM Dave Gettleman in Carolina. It is not an exciting hire, but the reality is Shula will be more of a glorified assistant under offensive-minded head coach Pat Shurmur, highlighted by the fact he will also be tasked with coaching the quarterbacks in New York.
Feb 13 - 11:07 AM

Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson received a second interview for the Panthers' general-manager vacancy.

He's the lone candidate to reportedly get a second interview to this point, though NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Panthers are "not close" to offering the job to anyone. Carolina likely hit the reset button on the search after it was revealed interim GM Marty Hurney is being investigated for harassment against his wife. Dawson was a hot GM candidate a couple years back.
Feb 9 - 10:29 AM

PFT's Darin Gantt reports the Panthers will interview 49ers senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew for their general-manager vacancy.

Mayhew was the Lions' GM from 2008-2015 before getting canned in favor of Bob Quinn. Mayhew spent last season in the Giants' front office but was let go by the new regime and landed in San Francisco. Mayhew joins Jimmy Raye and Lake Dawson as Carolina candidates, but the job is still expected to go to interim GM Marty Hurney, who ran the show this past season.
Feb 2 - 11:29 AM

Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson will interview for the Panthers' general manager job.

Dawson was a hot name back in 2015 but has faded the last few years. Texans VP of player personnel Jimmy Raye III will also interview, but interim GM Marty Hurney is the heavy favorite to get the job. Dawson is the second Bills' front office member to draw interest after Buffalo lost Brian Gaine to Houston earlier this month.
Source: ESPN
Jan 27 - 4:24 PM

According to Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks is expected to hire Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator.

Wilks and Holcomb worked together in Carolina for five years and are poised to continue their partnership in Arizona. Holcomb has coached in the league as a position coach since 2009 but this would be his first stint as a coordinator. The Cardinals will likely transition to a 4-3 base, which is the same scheme Wilks and Holcomb used in Carolina. If Wilks does indeed bring Holcomb along as his defensive coordinator, it would leaves James Bettcher out of a job.
Jan 22 - 2:34 PM

Cardinals hired ex-Panthers DC Steve Wilks as head coach.

The deal has yet to be announced, but there are enough reports to make it official. Wilks has just one season of coordinating experience, but he was the assistant head coach in Carolina before that and clearly wowed the Cardinals during the interview process. Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb is expected to join Wilks in Arizona as his defensive coordinator, and Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo has been linked with the offensive coordinator job.
Jan 22 - 12:26 PM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks' interview for the Titans' head-coaching vacancy has been postponed.

Wilks was slated to meet with Tennessee on Wednesday but snow threw a wrench in that plan. The Titans also have sit-downs scheduled with Rams OC Matt LaFleur and Texans DC Mike Vrabel.
Jan 17 - 6:38 PM

ESPN's David Newton reports the Panthers are nearing a deal to hire Norv Turner as their offensive coordinator.

The Panthers are also hiring Turner's son, Scott, as QBs coach. Head coach Ron Rivera has worked with Turner before, serving first as his linebackers coach and later as defensive coordinator in San Diego from 2007-2010. This is Turner's first coaching job since abruptly resigning as the Vikings' offensive coordinator last season. Turner will be tasked with getting the most out of Cam Newton, who finished near the bottom of the league in most passing categories this year.
Jan 10 - 6:15 PM's Ian Rapoport confirms the Panthers will interview Norv Turner for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

The Charlotte Observer reported the Panthers' likely interest in Turner just hours after Mike Shula's firing. Rapsheet's report calls him a "top choice." Turner has long been a sound offensive mind but it is debatable if he would be different enough from Shula to give the Panthers' attack the jolt it needs.
Jan 9 - 7:12 PM

The Charlotte Observer considers Norv Turner a strong candidate to replace Mike Shula as Panthers offensive coordinator.

Coach Ron Rivera worked with Turner with the Chargers. Going on 66, Turner has long been a respected offensive mind, but wouldn't seem to be the ideal candidate to turn around the Panthers' stagnant attack, especially since he has little experience with dual-threat quarterbacks. The Panthers' sole focus should be finding a play-caller who knows how to maximize Cam Newton's strengths.
Jan 9 - 2:19 PM

Panthers fired OC Mike Shula.

QBs coach Ken Dorsey was also let go. Shula had been with the Panthers since 2011 -- all of Cam Newton's career -- and the offensive coordinator since 2013, but this is hardly a surprise. The passing game consistently struggled during his tenure and took another step back this season. Even though the rushing numbers look good because of Cam Newton, the running game also struggled in 2017, with Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey combining for 1,115 yards on 315 carries (3.5 YPC). It was time for a change, but a new coordinator will not help much if the Panthers fail to add some weapons on the outside.
Jan 9 - 12:01 PM

The Charlotte Observer considers Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith "among the potential group of buyers" for the Panthers.

The Panthers won’t open the selling process until after the season, but there’s speculation Smith is an early frontrunner. Smith is Carolina-based and has the financial means ($1 billion net worth) to purchase a majority stake in the team. With Jerry Richardson owning 48 percent, it’s possible minority owners band together and buy out Richardson. The Panthers are valued at $2.3 billion.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 10:02:00 PM

Bills acquired WR Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers in exchange for 2018 third- and seventh-round picks.

The out of the blue trade was announced just moments before Tuesday afternoon's deadline. Although a stunning transaction, the landing spot isn't surprising in an organization teeming with ex-Panthers. Coach Sean McDermott was the defensive coordinator Benjamin's first three years in Carolina, while GM Brandon Beane was in the Panthers' front office when they made Benjamin the No. 28 overall pick of the 2014 draft. Benjamin's inconsistencies are well known, but he still gives the Bills a legitimate No. 1 receiver, and 6-foot-5 target for Tyrod Taylor to play pitch and catch with. A WR2, Benjamin's fantasy outlook doesn't change much. Turning 27 in February, Benjamin will be headed to free agency. The Panthers clearly decided they weren't willing to pay Benjamin in the spring.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 04:16:00 PM

Free agent K Roberto Aguayo is working out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

It is the first we have heard from Aguayo since he was waived by the Bears at final cuts. With Graham Gano slowed by a knee injury, the Panthers also worked out Younghoe Koo, Andrew Franks, and Mike Meyer on Tuesday.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Free agent K Younghoe Koo is working out for the Panthers Tuesday.

Graham Gano is dealing with a knee injury, so the Panthers may need a replacement this week. They also brought in Andrew Franks, Mike Meyer, and Roberto Aguayo. Koo also worked out for the Cowboys this week.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 11:29:00 AM

Lions claimed QB Brad Kaaya off waivers from the Panthers.

Kaaya spent the summer with Detroit but was let go at final cuts and later claimed by Carolina. He gives the Lions some insurance for Matthew Stafford, who has been hampered by ankle and hamstring injuries in recent weeks.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Panthers waived QB Brad Kaaya.

He was replaced on the roster by QB Garrett Gilbert, who was promoted off the practice squad Monday night. A sixth-round pick of the Lions this year, Kaaya will likely land on a practice squad.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 08:59:00 AM

Free agent TEs Gavin Escobar and Jace Amaro worked out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

Blocker Ed Dickson is filling in for injured starter Greg Olsen (broken foot), and the Panthers are looking for more of a pass-catching option to complement Dickson. A 2013 second-rounder, Escobar couldn't make the Chiefs this summer after playing out his rookie contract in Dallas.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 05:56:00 PM

Panthers waived K Harrison Butker.

The Panthers had to drop him to make room for CB Ladarius Gunter, who was claimed off waivers from Green Bay on Wednesday. Butker made the initial 53-man roster but ultimately lost out to Graham Gano. There's a good chance he'll revert to Carolina's practice squad if he clears waivers.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 04:58:00 PM

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