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The Panthers current roster excluding unrestricted free agents: Defense edition

The Panthers current roster excluding unrestricted free agents: Defense edition

Photo by Adam Bettcher/ Carolina’s young defense has some major holes to fill at linebacker, cornerback, and free safety. Here’s your one-stop-shop outlining in plain terms where the Panthers roster currently stands as they prepare for free agency to begin on March 17 followed by the draft on April 29. Shown below is my interpretation of the 2021 depth chart listing only the key defensive players who are currently under contract or the team has a clear path to retain them through restricted free agency. Unrestricted free agents are excluded. Fringe players who...
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The Panthers current roster excluding unrestricted free agents: Offense edition

The Panthers current roster excluding unrestricted free agents: Offense edition

Photo by Sean Gardner/ With a couple of smart roster, the Panthers can assemble a solid starting offensive unit but depth remains a major issue. Here’s your one-stop-shop outlining in plain terms where the Panthers roster currently stands as they prepare for free agency to begin on March 17 followed by the draft on April 29. Shown below is my interpretation of the 2021 depth chart listing only the key offensive players who are currently under contract or the team has the clear path to retain them through restricted free agency. Unrestricted free agents are excluded. ...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 5, 2021
Panthers expected to apply franchise tag to Taylor Moton

Panthers expected to apply franchise tag to Taylor Moton

Photo by Jacob Kupferman/ This secures their top FA priority as they work towards a long term deal The Carolina Panthers are expected to apply the franchise tag to offensive tackle Taylor Moton as free agency approaches, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The #Panthers are expected to franchise tag OT Taylor Moton, source said, locking him in for the 2021 season. No party has given up on getting a long-term deal done, and the team is keeping options open because that’s the goal, but it’s likely that the tag is the end result.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5,...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 5, 2021
The Panthers trade up for a quarterback in Todd McShay’s latest mock

The Panthers trade up for a quarterback in Todd McShay’s latest mock

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Todd McShay predicts the Panthers make a bold move in the draft in his latest mock for ESPN. The Panthers have made it clear that they are in the market for a quarterback this offseason, which gives mock drafters plenty of reason to try and predict which quarterback they will take with the No. 8 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In his latest mock draft for ESPN (ESPN+ subscription required), Todd McShay takes a different approach and has the Panthers trading up to No. 3 overall to grab their guy before he is taken by someone else. 3. Carolina...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 4, 2021
Greg Olsen will sign one-day contract to retire as a Carolina Panther

Greg Olsen will sign one-day contract to retire as a Carolina Panther

Photo by Jacob Kupferman/ Another Panthers great comes home. Greg Olsen, who needs no introduction here, is set to sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 11, per the Charlotte Observer’s Alaina Getzenberg. He will retire with the franchise that took him to a Super Bowl. Greg Olsen will be joining Thomas Davis and signing a one-day contract with the Panthers on March 11 before officially retiring. What a day that will be in franchise history. https://t.co/fKFLsQ3O1S— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) March 4, 2021 He came to this franchise as...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 4, 2021
Celebrate Greg Olsen’s legendary career with a limited edition bobblehead

Celebrate Greg Olsen’s legendary career with a limited edition bobblehead

Photo by Streeter Lecka/ You can pre-order a Greg Olsen bobblehead from FOCO.com, but supplies are limited to only 288 of the item. In January, Panthers legend Greg Olsen announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the NFL to begin his post-football career in broadcasting. Olsen played for three teams during his time in the league (Panthers, Bears and Seahawks) but is mostly known for his 9-year tenure in Charlotte as the Panthers’ go-to target at tight end. The Panthers acquired Olsen from the Bears in 2011 for a 2012 third round pick, and I think it’s safe to...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 3, 2021
Thomas Davis released by Football Team, set to retire

Thomas Davis released by Football Team, set to retire

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports The former heart and soul of the Panthers defense is calling it a career According to Pro Football Talk, legendary Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Sr. was released from the Washington Football Team today. At first glance, this would appear to be moot since his contract was expiring this week anyway. As Michael David Smith points out, though, this could have been yet another classy move by former Panthers coach Ron Rivera. Smith argues that releasing Davis now gives him an earlier chance to sign a one-day contract and retire a Panther. Is it...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 2, 2021
Christian Miller is the Panthers biggest mystery heading into 2021

Christian Miller is the Panthers biggest mystery heading into 2021

Photo by Ralph Freso/ After opting out in 2020, can the former Alabama standout become part of the Panthers defensive youth movement? As we look at the young talent on the Panthers defense there’s one name that often gets left out of the conversation, and that’s edge rusher Christian Miller. After an injury-plagued, mostly under-the-radar rookie season in 2019 he opted out in 2020 in what he called an “emotional and extremely tough decision for me but one that I ultimately feel is the right and safest decision for me and my family.” Miller returning to the...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 26, 2021
Terrance Knighton coaching hire signals a mentorship for Derrick Brown

Terrance Knighton coaching hire signals a mentorship for Derrick Brown

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports Terrance Knighton was a pretty darn good defensive tackle in his NFL career, and he can help Derrick Brown reach his full potential. Terrance Knighton aka “Pot Roast” which is one of the best lineman nicknames of all time, has recently been hired as an assistant coach for the Carolina Panthers, and one would assume given his league history he will be helping with the interior defensive linemen primarily. During his relatively short NFL career, Knighton was a solid to borderline very good player. He played nose tackle and 1-tech primarily,...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 25, 2021
Panthers take a quarterback at No. 8 in Kiper’s latest mock

Panthers take a quarterback at No. 8 in Kiper’s latest mock

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The Panthers take a shot at getting their quarterback of the future in Mel Kiper’s latest mock for ESPN. It’s no secret that the Panthers want to move on from Teddy Bridgewater. The only question is when they want to make the move. Do they want to trade for an established name (Deshaun Watson), or do they want to draft a quarterback, sit him for a year, and then move on from Bridgewater after the 2021 season? That’s the question that we’re going to continue to ask ourselves (and debate the answer to) for the next several months. In his...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 22, 2021
Looking back on how the Panthers led the NFL in dead cap space in 2020 and what it means for 2021

Looking back on how the Panthers led the NFL in dead cap space in 2020 and what it means for 2021

Photo by Grant Halverson/ A handful of veteran contracts led to $54 million in dead cap money. One of the major storylines from the Carolina Panthers 2020 season was the massive amount of dead cap space the team was burdened with when trying to construct a competitive roster. According to Spotrac, Carolina’s $54 million dead cap hit was the highest in the NFL. The average dead money across the rest league was $24 million, less than half of what Carolina incurred. Not all dead money is bad, though. Often it’s in a team’s best interest to cut or trade a player...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 21, 2021
Mocking with B-Dub 5.0: The one where I take a trip to Trade Down Island

Mocking with B-Dub 5.0: The one where I take a trip to Trade Down Island

Photo by Sam Greenwood/ In this week’s mock draft simulation, I took a trip to Trade Down Island to add more draft picks for the Panthers to build their roster with. The NFL Draft is a few months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate who we think (or hope) the Panthers will draft when it’s time to make their selections. I’ve decided to join in on the fun this year and — against my better judgment — do a series of mock drafts to hopefully foster discussion about the Panthers’ needs and how they should address them. For the time being, I’m using...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 19, 2021
Panthers release Tre Boston, Stephen Weatherly and Michael Palardy

Panthers release Tre Boston, Stephen Weatherly and Michael Palardy

Photo by Grant Halverson/ The Panthers have informed three veterans of their impending release, according to reports. The Panthers are continuing to make cuts to their 53-man roster by releasing veterans to clear up cap space. Safety Tre Boston, defensive end Stephen Weatherly and punter Michael Palardy are all being released, according to reports. Panthers will release S Tre Boston at the start of the league year, per source. @agetzenberg was first, I believe.— Joe Person (@josephperson) February 19, 2021 Panthers have also informed P Michael Palardy and DE...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 17, 2021
Gerald Everett to the Panthers would be a sensible and shrewd move

Gerald Everett to the Panthers would be a sensible and shrewd move

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports 2020 worked out a lot of futures for the Carolina Panthers, and one thing that can’t be denied is that they have a tight end room that no one envies. Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback. It seems like all we talk about these days, and while it is definitely a position that will define this team (and any team) for a long time, we also can’t ignore where the Carolina Panthers could find value to improve other areas of their roster. While pondering this question, I came a post from Pro Football Focus listing their 50 top free agents, and...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 16, 2021
What that Bear did: Defensive line overview

What that Bear did: Defensive line overview

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports Despite a key injury leaving a star player sidelined most of the year, and some nagging injuries that took different players in and out week to week, the defensive line performed fairly well given their youth. Well the 2020 season is in the books, and although the Carolina Panthers arguably exceeded pre-season expectations, there were certainly some clear deficiencies the team needs to address to become a playoff caliber squad again. While the team is probably a quarterback away from a winning record, and regardless of the team spending their...

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