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2018 Schedule
7-9, 2nd in NFC South
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2h

Report: Kaepernick grievance nets under $10M

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid won their grievances against the NFL, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the players will receive less than $10 million total.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Panthers backup guard Taylor Hearn, who was caught on camera getting knocked cold in a street fight in Augusta, Georgia: ‘'Dear Panther Nation: I would like to offer my deepest apologies to the Panthers organization, my teammates and coaches, the fans and the league. I take full responsibility for my actions. There is no excuse for my behavior, and I will learn from my mistakes.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Bruce Irvin remembered vividly the car Panthers coach Ron Rivera drove to a meeting with him prior to the 2012 draft, when he ultimately was selected in the first round (15th overall) by Seattle. "It was a black Hyundai,'' Irvin said after signing a one-year deal with Carolina. "Today it was a Mercedes. I think a S550. So slight upgrade.'' Irvin hopes he is an upgrade to the Carolina defense that wants to get back to a top 10 level.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Bruce Irvin says he feels more comfortable as a linebacker in the base defense Carolina is looking to run this season. Because of his experience he can also play defensive end and serve as a player and teacher of the scheme as the Panthers look to mix a 3-4 scheme into its 4-3. He's eager to share his experience with young players such as Bryan Cox Jr. Irvin said he had a long talk with defensive coordinator Eric Washington, who along with Ron Rivera wants this to be a “contentious'' defense.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said this on the team website regarding the signing of DE/LB Bruce Irvin to a one-year deal: "Our primary focus coming into the offseason was to add talent to our offensive line and our front on defense, primarily in the area of rushing the passer. Bruce has a knack for sacking and disrupting the quarterback.''

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

A source tells me that the Bucs had a private meeting with running back Miles Sanders at his Penn State pro day Tuesday. Running backs coach Todd McNair put him through a workout, along with running backs coaches for the Titans, Panthers and Bengals.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers have been looking for a rush end. They reached a one-year deal with one today in Bruce Irvin, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Irvin formerly was with Atlanta, Oakland and Seattle. Irvin gives the Panthers another veteran end opposite Mario Addison. They still likely will go with an edge rusher with the 16th pick of the draft, but this gives them more flexibility.

1:06

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Much of the offseason focus on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been on his right shoulder that underwent arthroscopic surgery in late January. Newton is optimistic he will be ready for the season, but beyond his rehab he is focused on his second annual ‘'Un1ted as 1'' program for Charlotte Mecklenburg County kids. The program's focus is on diversity and how ‘'difference is OK.'' It is Newton's brainchild and his message goes back to the fiber of his upbringing without diversity.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers statement on guard Taylor Hearn, who was caught on camera getting knocked out in a street fight in Augusta, Ga.: ‘'We are aware of the video, and have been in contact with Taylor and the league about the incident. We will have no further comment at this time.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says on his latest YouTube video that he hired a person a few weeks ago to work with his shoulder whenever "I need him.'' "The techniques he's doing is kind of new, but he's put an old twist to it, as well,'' Newton said. The 2015 NFL MVP sometimes undergoes treatment three times a day. He likes the results so far. "Without my shoulder, I'm pretty much done,'' Newton said. He also has gone vegan and hopes to get to the 235- to 238-pound range this offseason. The lowest he got last season was 242.

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Cards' Suggs rejected 'handsome' Ravens offer

Veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs said Thursday afternoon that he turned down a "handsome" offer from the Baltimore Ravens and decided at the last minute to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, his hometown team.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have released left tackle Mart Kalil, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. This clears $7.25 in salary cap space. It is a post-June 1 designation. Not a surprise considering Carolina re-signed tackle Daryl Williams. Ian Rapoport forêt reported.

0:27

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's Christian Wilkins doesn't know where he'll be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. He just hopes it's one spot ahead of fellow Tigers' defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell to avoid the grief he will take. ‘'Just for the life of me I hope Clelin doesn't get drafted before me,'' Wilkins said at Clemson Pro Day. ‘'I will be the most upset human being in the world.'' Ferrell wasn't surprised by Wilkins' tongue-in-cheek remark, saying, ‘'I could care less where we get drafted.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Christian McCaffrey was the first member of the Panthers to reach out in a text to Matt Paradis after he reached a three-year, $27 million deal to join the team. McCaffrey's offseason home is in Denver, where Paradis played prior to joining Carolina.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers center Matt Paradis said at his introductory press conference the rehab from a broken fibula suffered last season with the Broncos is going well, that the timeline for a full return are not set in stone. He hopes to be fully cleared in June.. "It's moving great. We're ahead of schedule.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Center Matt Paradis officially has signed his 3-year, $27 million contract with the Panthers. Next step is to complete rehab from broken fibula suffered last season with the Broncos. He was signed to replace retired Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil.

0:16

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant said he is getting closer to being able to perform football drills after having surgery to repair a torn right pectoral in January. The Panthers are one of the NFl teams he met with at the combine. Teammate Dexter Lawrence told me he'a set up an official visit with the Panthers.

0:17

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence participate in a defensive line drill at Clemson Pro Day. Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant have not participated in any drills. Lawrence tweaked a hamstring running the 40 at NFL combine.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.816th
Rushing Yards133.54th
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against23.919th