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Richardson says Panthers' moves unrelated to CBA

There’s a widespread perception that the Carolina Panthers are holding the line on spending until the owners and players reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. But Panthers owner Jerry Richardson claims the decision to let some veterans leave and not spend much money on acquiring new ones is unrelated to the CBA.

“We were at a point with our football team that we had to make some tough football decisions, which were separate of the CBA,” Richardson told the team-owned Roar Magazine (PDF here). “We have a number of younger players who showed promise at the end of last season and need to get on the field.”

Richardson said the departures of veterans like Jake Delhomme and Julius Peppers were difficult decisions made by General Manager Marty Hurney and coach John Fox to help the team move forward on the field, not to help the team’s bottom line. And he said acquiring big-name talent in free agency hasn’t worked for the Panthers.

“The years when we were big players in free agency did not seem to turn out as well,” Richardson said. “The approach has worked well over eight years and we still have the goal of a championship.”

As Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com points out, Richardson refuses interview requests with members of media outlets that he doesn’t own — probably because he doesn’t want to be asked about sensitive subjects like the resignations of his sons Jon and Mark, both of whom left the team over what were described as “sibling disputes.” Richardson also likely doesn’t want to be asked about the decision not to extend Fox’s contract, which the team-owned magazine doesn’t touch on.

Richardson did, however, address his own health, saying, “I’m getting stronger and have more energy” after a heart transplant last year.

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  1. GirthyOne says: May 31, 2010 9:41 AM

    “….resignations of his sons Jon and Mark”
    Just throwing out there a guess that they both disagreed with keeping Fox and not getting the Chin, Shanny, or Michael Holmgren when they were available.

  2. Hugh says: May 31, 2010 9:52 AM

    “probably because he doesn’t want to be asked about sensitive subjects like the resignations of his sons Jon and Mark, both of whom left the team over what were described as “sibling disputes.” Richardson also likely doesn’t want to be asked about the decision not to extend Fox’s contract, which the team-owned magazine doesn’t touch on.”
    He also likely didn’t want to be asked about the amount of personal speculation Mike Florio and Michael David Smith throw into each NFL article they post on the website profootballtalk.com
    If you’re going to guess what the man is thinking, why not tell us what you guess he’s thinking about abortion, global warming, the middle eastern conflict, and Tiger Woods’ sex scandal.

  3. patpatriotagain says: May 31, 2010 10:15 AM

    unless there’s some sort of gestapo agent holding a gun to your head, i don’t think reading pft is a requirement. We all know what Florio is. if you don’t like it don’t read it.

  4. HarrisonHits says: May 31, 2010 10:30 AM

    “If you’re going to guess what the man is thinking, why not tell us what you guess he’s thinking about abortion, global warming, the middle eastern conflict, and Tiger Woods’ sex scandal.”
    @Hugh,
    How about because this isn’t a site related to abortion, global warming, the mid east or Tiger Woods ?
    But that things like Richardson’s sons resigning football positions from the team he owns and extending the coach’s contract are ?
    Easy solution. If you don’t like the fact that posts on a page titled “News & RUMORS” has speculation and rumors on it, don’t read it.

  5. hope4superbowl says: May 31, 2010 10:38 AM

    nfldraftology.wordpress.com
    Awesome blog!!!

  6. RJK says: May 31, 2010 12:32 PM

    richardson is a classy man and very religious but his comments on the team not spending has nothing to do with the CBA is a flat out LIE…and if it isn’t then he’s lost his mind, if you have no problem spending then why wouldn’t you lock up deangello williams, jon beason, ryan kalil(all pro bowlers) long term?

  7. Hugh says: May 31, 2010 12:52 PM

    To patpatriotagain & HarrisonHits:
    If you don’t like my comments, don’t read them and go back to convincing yourselves your Superbowl titles are not tainted.

  8. Martin Keamy says: May 31, 2010 1:34 PM

    @patpatriotagain
    Florio didn’t write this article. But good job showing your true Patriot fan intelligence!
    In other news… Richardson is among the classiest men left in the game. I’m sure that he has discussed his plans at head coach with Fox already and has chosen not to make those plans public. Much like your boss wouldn’t make it public if you were being laid off – they also wouldn’t make it public if you were being retained. It’s not our business because ultimately it’s his Team. Fox will undoubtedly be the head coach of the Carolina Panthers again next year.

  9. Pantherfan10 says: May 31, 2010 2:00 PM

    GirthyOne says:
    May 31, 2010 9:41 AM
    “….resignations of his sons Jon and Mark”
    Just throwing out there a guess that they both disagreed with keeping Fox and not getting the Chin, Shanny, or Michael Holmgren when they were available.
    ===========
    This was something talked about at length last year . The one son disagreed with how the other was running the stadium and apparently this was causing some pretty big arguements. Dont think either had any influence on personel

  10. brownsfn says: May 31, 2010 2:46 PM

    Maybe 1 owner just realizes how OVERPAID these players have become…

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