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Richardson: Panthers will be “very aggressive” in free agency

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The Carolina Panthers were the worst team in the league last year. Owner Jerry Richardson is planning to open up his wallet to make sure they’re not the worst team in the league this year.

“First we want to be very aggressive and [G.M.] Marty Hurney and his team have a plan and when we get the green light we will be going wide open,” Richardson said, per Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com.

The Panthers are well under the salary cap, but they also have a lot of their own free agents that Richardson says they plan to lock up first.

“We’re going to concentrate on our own first,” Richardson said. “[But] we’re going to be aggressive. We are prepared to do what it takes to put the best team together as quickly as we can.”

Carolina will also have to work out a deal with No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, but the Panthers are lucky that they had the first pick in the draft the year that the rookie salary structure is changing. Richardson is happy about that.

“We want to pay the money to the proven veteran players,” Richardson said. “The rookies, 50 percent of them, don’t make it.”

For the sake of the Panthers, Newton had better be in the other 50 percent. And Richardson’s spending had better put a good team around Newton.

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14 Responses to “Richardson: Panthers will be “very aggressive” in free agency”
  1. melonnhead says: Jul 22, 2011 7:07 AM

    You’re not going to be able to buy a Super Bowl, Jerry Richardson.

  2. usa98j30t4 says: Jul 22, 2011 7:14 AM

    Of course you are. Only because you have no choice. He would not be saying this if there was no spending to 99% of the ceiling.

  3. joetoronto says: Jul 22, 2011 7:34 AM

    Richardson: “Panthers will be “very aggressive” in free agency”

    Ah ah ha!

    Good one, Jerry.

  4. drithe says: Jul 22, 2011 8:20 AM

    Is this the same Jerry Richardson WE know? In Charlotte? The Panther’s owner?

    Hey Jerry. If you want to really please your fans, hows about coming down to 8.99 for 8 pieces of fried chicken at bojangles?

    End of Line.

  5. bird2jasun says: Jul 22, 2011 8:22 AM

    Lol for all the other fans in the nfl, this is why jerry has been planning for, the perge of all the players last year! Jerry hasnt ever been cheap til last year, but it was part of the plan! I love JR as a owner! Go panthers!

  6. famousp22 says: Jul 22, 2011 8:36 AM

    bird2jasun says:
    Jul 22, 2011 8:22 AM
    Lol for all the other fans in the nfl, this is why jerry has been planning for, the perge of all the players last year! Jerry hasnt ever been cheap til last year, but it was part of the plan! I love JR as a owner! Go panthers!

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    I second that brother, Jerry had the foresight to make descions for the future that other owners did not. I can GURANTEE the Panthers will not have the worst team in the league this year

  7. axespray says: Jul 22, 2011 8:47 AM

    “I can GURANTEE the Panthers will not have the worst team in the league this year.”

    I’m thinking the Redskins/bengals will have the top two draft picks next season

  8. gregjennings85 says: Jul 22, 2011 9:36 AM

    Richardson is engaging in a bit of salesmanship. If he doesn’t talk like this, his FA’s won’t re-sign, namely DE Charles Johnson, RB DeAngelo Williams, C Ryan Kalil, and DTs Ed Johnson and Nick Hayden. This entire list is under the age of 26.

    The one guy I could see in Caroline neon blue?

    Cullen Jenkins, as much as it saddens me, would fill a huge void in the middle of their defensive line.

  9. fcs34 says: Jul 22, 2011 9:56 AM

    Big Ben in a college bar aggressive or Dez Bryants creditors aggresive?

  10. animals1977 says: Jul 22, 2011 10:12 AM

    Who the hell wants to play for a lame expansion team with a high school name like the “Panthers”? Play for that sorry team in stupid NASCAR country?

    Good luck, Richardson, LOL.

  11. pdxpanther says: Jul 22, 2011 10:23 AM

    “I’m thinking the Redskins/bengals will have the top two draft picks next season”

    And Andrew Luck dint want to come out this year and play for Carolina? At least Jerry truest to be competitive, maybe Mr. Luck should have called McNabb and Palmer and asked them what it’s like to play for the two most disorganized franchises/owners in the league. Have fun in QB purgatory.

  12. panther17 says: Jul 22, 2011 11:18 AM

    animals1977 says: Jul 22, 2011 10:12 AM

    Who the hell wants to play for a lame expansion team with a high school name like the “Panthers”? Play for that sorry team in stupid NASCAR country?

    Good luck, Richardson, LOL.

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    So who is your team? Pick wisely since the Panthers have accomplished more in the last 10 years then the majority of NFL teams.

    And I like black panthers so f off. :)

  13. southcakpanther says: Jul 22, 2011 11:34 AM

    animals1977 says:
    Jul 22, 2011 10:12 AM
    Who the hell wants to play for a lame expansion team with a high school name like the “Panthers”? Play for that sorry team in stupid NASCAR country?

    Good luck, Richardson, LOL.

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    ^^^^ what an idiot.

    As for people calling the Panthers cheap, try doing your research. They have been cheap the last two seasons for a reason. Prior to that, we have always spent. We just aren’t morons like that goofball in Washington.

  14. catman72 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:57 PM

    To all the Panthers haters… F.U.

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