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Giants signed WR Russell Shepard, formerly of the Panthers.

Shepard links back up with GM Dave Gettleman, who handed Shepard a three-year, $10 million deal last offseason before he was fired by the Panthers. Shepard brought nothing to the table as a receiver in Carolina but remains an effective special teams player. He'll compete for a job this summer.
May 21 - 7:57 PM

Panthers waived CB Zack Sanchez with an injury designation.

He will revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Sanchez has appeared in just five games while spending most of his career on Carolina's practice squad. He will likely be released with an injury settlement before the season. The Panthers signed WR Bug Howard, C Kyle Friend, OG Quinterrius Eatmon, and DE Karter Schult in corresponding moves. All four were tryout players during rookie minicamp.
May 14 - 12:37 PM

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said QB Garrett Gilbert is the leader to be the team's No. 2 quarterback.

Gilbert hasn't thrown a pass in the regular season. Unless it's a motivating tactic, this means the Panthers are unlikely to re-sign free agent QB Derek Anderson. Taylor Heinicke will also compete for the backup job behind Cam Newton in camp.
May 12 - 1:12 PM

Panthers waived TE Kent Taylor.

The move comes two weeks after Taylor was slapped with a four-game PED ban. The UDFA out of UTEP has never appeared in a regular season game.
May 1 - 6:43 PM

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said RB Cameron Artis-Payne will "get the first crack" at joining Christian McCaffrey in Carolina's backfield rotation.

The Panthers cut ties with Jonathan Stewart in free agency and have yet to add any running backs to their depth chart. Artis-Payne need only compete with Fozzy Whitaker to receive a larger role behind McCaffrey this upcoming season. It's possible the Panthers also sprinkle in hybrid WR/RB Curtis Samuel into their backfield mix.
Apr 28 - 3:55 PM

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said the team has talked to free agent QB Derek Anderson about re-signing.

The Panthers do not have any proven backup options behind Cam Newton on the depth chart. Even if they draft a developmental prospect this weekend, they could use a veteran safety blanket in the No. 2 spot, a role Anderson has filled since 2011. It would not be surprising to see him re-sign after the draft.
Apr 24 - 11:30 AM

Raiders signed CB Daryl Worley, formerly of the Eagles.

Worley was cut by the Eagles after being arrested for DUI, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, and disorderly conduct fighting on April 15. A 2016 third-round pick of the Panthers, Worley put some promising moments on tape as a rookie but struggled last season and fell into a rotation for snaps.
Apr 23 - 3:24 PM

The Charlotte Observer doesn't expect the Panthers to have interest in free agent Dez Bryant.

The Panthers don't have the cap space to make a run at Bryant. Washington is also not expected to pursue him despite his desire to stay in the NFC East. Injuries and a down 2017 have Bryant's value at a career low, but he should resurface quickly.
Apr 13 - 5:15 PM

Panthers signed CB Ross Cockrell, formerly of the Giants, to a two-year, $6.8 million contract.

Cockrell didn't receive real opportunity with the Giants in 2017 until the latter half of the year when Janoris Jenkins was lost to injury and both Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were in and out of the lineup. Cockrell recorded a league-high three interceptions over the final two weeks of the season. He joins Da'Norris Searcy as new additions to the Panthers' secondary.
Mar 23 - 11:51 AM

Panthers signed OL Jeremiah Sirles, formerly of the Vikings, to a one-year, $790,000 contract.

Sirles has experience at guard and tackle but will likely replace Andrew Norwell at left guard. Sirles played in 28 games and made 14 starts for the Vikings the last two seasons, with most of his time coming at left guard.
Mar 23 - 11:44 AM

The Panthers will host free agent OL Jeremiah Sirles on Monday.

The Vikings nontendered Sirles, making him an unrestricted free agent. He played 365 snaps in a swing role last year and has starting experience. Sirles would give the Panthers veteran insurance after the departure of Andrew Norwell.
Mar 17 - 2:16 PM

Bashaud Breeland's three-year, $24 million contract with the Panthers has been voided after he failed his physical, sending him back to free agency.

This is Ryan Grant all over again. Breeland struck a deal with Carolina on Tuesday but flunked his physical due to a "non-football injury." The 26-year-old had been due $9.5 million in guaranteed money including an $8.5 million signing bonus, but now it's back to the drawing board. Breeland was slated to replace Daryl Worley, who the Panthers traded to Philadelphia last week. Carolina will now look elsewhere in its search for a cornerback to start opposite James Bradberry.
Mar 16 - 3:06 PM

Seahawks signed TE Ed Dickson, formerly of the Panthers, to a three-year contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $14 million with the first year fully guaranteed. With Jimmy Graham gone to Green Bay and No. 2 TE Luke Willson still a free agent and visiting the Jaguars, Dickson is currently the Seahawks' starter. Dickson blocked on over 56% of his snaps last season in Carolina and composed a 31-440-1 receiving line. He'll help shore up the Seattle run game.
Mar 16 - 12:00 PM

Free agent TE Eric Ebron will visit the Panthers on Friday.

He will then visit the Colts and "potentially" the Patriots. Searching for a new backup to replace Ed Dickson, the Panthers hosted Luke Willson on Thursday. Carolina will be Ebron's first-known visit since his Wednesday release from the Lions.
Mar 15 - 5:55 PM

Free agent Luke Willson is visiting the Panthers.

Willson spent the first five years of his career in Seattle but is expected to move on. He broke out for four touchdowns last season and offers some red-zone presence to go with his solid blocking. The Panthers need a No. 2 tight end to replace Ed Dickson.
Mar 14 - 5:25 PM

Giants signed RB Jonathan Stewart, formerly of the Panthers, to a two-year, $6.9 million contract.

The deal comes with $2.95 million in guaranteed money. He also visited the Seahawks and Lions on his free agent tour. Stewart will be reuniting with former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman as well as OC Mike Shula in East Rutherford. J-Stew has shown his age by averaging just 3.62 yards per carry over his last two seasons, though he's also contributed 16 touchdowns during that span. The 30-year-old is little more than a committee back at this stage of his career. The addition of Stewart shouldn't have any bearing on whether the Giants draft Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, assuming he's available with the No. 2 pick.
Mar 13 - 5:41 PM

Bills signed DT Star Lotulelei, formerly of the Panthers, to a five-year contract.

Even if free agent DT Kyle Williams returns, the Bills desperately needed help at defensive tackle, and they found it in Lotulelei, who played under coach Sean McDermott in Carolina. While his numbers do not jump off the page, Lotulelei is a solid run stuffer who frees up the rest of the line to make plays. If 2016 third-rounder Adolphus Washington can take a step forward, this could be a much-improved unit in 2018.
Mar 13 - 9:42 AM

Jaguars signed OG Andrew Norwell, formerly of the Panthers, to a five-year, $66.5 million contract.

The deal includes a whopping $30 million fully guaranteed and easily makes Norwell the highest paid guard in the league. The Jaguars were not among the teams reported to be suitors for Norwell, but the move makes sense. With Patrick Omameh headed to free agency and A.J. Cann at best a replacement-level player, Jacksonville needed better guard play if they intend to remain a ground-and-pound offense. This signing all but guarantees that is the plan moving forward. Already a solid RB1, this is just more good news for Leonard Fournette.
Mar 13 - 8:21 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the 49ers, Bears, and Browns are among the teams "hot after" free agent Allen Robinson.

La Canfora adds the Panthers and Ravens also have interest in Robinson, but the salary cap could pose a problem for those clubs. Additionally, the Jaguars haven't closed the door on a return. Robinson is coming off a torn ACL last year but is medically fine and should have no problem landing top dollar. The 49ers and Bears, specifically, could really use Robinson out wide. Both teams have young quarterbacks and imaginative, offensive-minded head coaches.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 4:56 PM

Eagles acquired CB Daryl Worley from the Panthers in exchange for WR Torrey Smith.

The Eagles did well to get something for Smith, who probably would have been released if this trade hadn't been made. Worley has shown flashes since arriving as a third-round pick in 2016 and gives the Eagles some much-needed depth behind starters Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. Now that Worley is gone, the Panthers could be in the running for All-Pro Richard Sherman, who was let go by Seattle on Friday.
Mar 9 - 1:36 PM

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