Tampering rules haven't stopped Panther players from courting free agents apparently, and it's not the first time either. Cam Newton reached out to Michael Oher in the 2015 offseason. Oher, who some say was contemplating retirementRead More
If played right, the Carolina Panthers could enter next season with about 40 million in cap space. This would require parting ways with both Big Money Charles Johnson and Jared Allen. Neither have made any argument to this point to why they should be brought back, especially with contracts totaling about 20 combined.Read More
The past two draft classes have been loaded with depth and talent, this is why scouting undrafted free agents is so important. Last year Gettleman was able to bring in big contributors to our team, and starters in Philly Brown and Andrew Norwell. At this time, we have signed 10 undrafted free agents and invited one to our rookie minicamp. Even though we didn't bring in a couple of the names I really wanted, I am more than excited for this crop of players. I’ll try my best to rank these players off their potential to make the team, and give my prediction for their future.Read More
A team often becomes better if the costs are lowered without harming the quality.
Architecture (team building) is an expression of values.
Ever since the offseason began, Panthers fans have been wondering what GM Dave Gettleman would do to improve this football team. During the midst of a six game losing streak, fans across the country were blasting him for various moves. Whether he was cursed for cutting Panther great Steve Smith, signing no big time names, or putting together a lackluster offensive line, he remained cool, calm, and collected. He knows what he is doing and he does it well.
Since becoming the GM in 2013, all he has done is compile a 19-12-1 regular season record and two playoff appearances. Yet, EVERYONE wanted him fired. I understand the concern and frustration of a six game losing streak from a team who lost only four games all of last year, but he had zero cap space to work with.
All of the receiving core was released because they wanted huge contracts off of one season. Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn saw huge success in 2013 because of a powerful run game, not because they are spectacular receivers. Unfortunately, Smith is no longer a number one option and we simply didn’t have the cap space for him. Same with the secondary. Captain Munnerlyn and Mike Mitchell had insane seasons in 2013. Not because they are superstars, but because of a front seven that dominated the line of scrimmage.
Gettleman has done nothing but make the best of a miserable salary cap he was left with. As Aaron Rodgers would say, RELAX. He is known to build through the draft. Looking at the current depth chart for 2015, seven of the 11 players drafted under Gettleman as GM are starting, not to mention Kony Ealy who will more than likely become a starter opposite of Charles Johnson.
The man has built through the draft well and will continue to do so. If you don’t believe me, check out this 2014 1st round re-draft done by Sports Illustrated and see how many Panthers “should have” gone in the 1st round.
So, as one die-hard Panthers fan to another, let’s continue to back our team in every way possible. Let’s do our jobs as fans and let Gettleman do his job as GM. In Gettleman we trust, Panther nation.
By Downfield Dylan Woodham
Carolina worked out a deal to bring back Brenton Sunshine Bersin. The club signed an exclusive rights tender Tuesday for the former neighbor and fellow alum to Jerry Richardson. Besin, who became the whipping boy of Panthers Nation because of his representation team’s overall dismal special teams play, is a guy people either love or hate. Let’s see where the Crew falls on the signing.Read More
Grab the mic Panther fans and let the nation know! Open Mic is an open discussion thread. Just drop a comment in the comments section below. Respond to other fans, and as always #KeepPoundingRead More
It makes absolutely no sense for the defending World Champion Patriots to keep one of my favorite players, wide receiver, Danny Amendola. We'll dig into why that's the case in a moment, but just trust me for now. Here's a bit about him before we continue.Read More
The Carolina Panthers might have the opportunity this offseason to bring Peppers back if the Green Bay Packers decide to release him. According to his contract, he is scheduled to make $9.5 million next season, and will carry a $12 million dollar cap figure. If the Packers release Julius Peppers they could gain $7 million in open cap space. At age 35, Peppers can still be a dominant pass rusher in this league. He proved it during the 2014 season with 44 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions, and two touchdowns.Read More
This offseason has already gotten off to a better start than last year’s; with nearly half as many players set to be off the books, the talent of 2015’s pending free agents pales in comparison to that of last year’s. Still, there are questions that need to be answered, and players that should be re-signed. Here’s my opinion on what actions Gettleman should take.Read More
Grab the mic Panther fans and let the nation know! Open Mic is an open discussion thread. Just drop a comment in the comments section below. Respond to other fans, and as always #KeepPounding
There have been few players that have become synonymous with Carolina Panthers football more so than DeAngelo Williams. Williams is the career leader in almost every rushing category for the Panthers, he is 3rd in career touchdowns, he is 1st in 100 yard rushing games, and the top receiving running back in yards and receptions. But as great as he has been over the course of his career, his production has diminished significantly.
We are at a crossroads with Williams. According to overthecap.com, the cap hit for Dengelo next season is $6.6 million. That is a very big number for a running back that rushed for 219 yards, had an average yards per carry of 3.5 yards, and scored 0 touchdowns. So will DeAngelo Williams be willing to take a pay cut and to take a reduced role or is it time to part ways with Williams?
Give us your thoughts and share in the comments sections below.
A Character S-Avant?
How does a guy with modest on-field production keep a roster position with the same NFL team for 8 years? He doesn’t drop the rock and he strengthens the team in ways other than just catches, yards, and touchdowns. This is how Jason Avant kept an active roster spot with the Eagles, and why the Panthers brought him to Carolina.
The Eagles will miss Avant's presence in the locker room, around the NovaCare Complex and on game days. A religious man, according to all accounts, Avant led by example but also wasn't afraid to speak up if need be. He mentored many young players, in recent years taking them under his wing in Bible study classes or after practice catching balls from the jug machine.
The most important part of an NFL locker room is leadership. If there isn’t good leadership, one bad apple has potential to corrupt the bunch. In Philadelphia, our franchise has had some great leaders. The spirit of Brian Dawkins, Brian Westbrook and Troy Vincent live on. Their names are mentioned a lot in organizational meetings, and Dawkins can come speak to the team any time he wants. We also have an owner, Jeffrey Lurie, who is hands-on and cordial; he has lunch with some players, and always discusses the mindset and the standards that those earlier guys raised—and I think that standard is extremely important. Why? Look at what happened this season with one of our receivers, Riley Cooper, who was caught on video using the ‘n’ word at a concert. That incident had the potential to divide us. Instead, because of strong team leadership, we worked through the issue together; we forgave Riley and we were able to grow, both as a team and as individuals—Riley included.
our squad, well at least one part of our squad. When it comes to knowing your own team there are different pieces to that puzzle as well. Some of those pieces are how your players perform in 2014, injuries, aging, locker room fit (see Steve Smith) and contract status.