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Joe Pendry will serve as Birmingham AAF G.M.

The eight AAF teams have locations and coaches, and the Birmingham installment now has a General Manager. He’s Joe Pendry, a former NFL offensive coordinator who most recently worked for Nick Saban at Alabama. Pendry, 70, will emerge from retirement to run the Alabama-based team. A West Virginia native who started his coaching career in the [more]

Devin Funchess looking to build on last season in contract year

The moment the Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin was the moment Devin Funchess took over as the team’s No. 1 receiver. In the eight games following the trade, Funchess had 483 yards and averaged 16.1 yards per catch while playing the X. The former second-round pick enters the final year of his rookie deal looking to [more]

Panthers issue statement on Richardson without mentioning Richardson

The Panthers are about two weeks away from a clean slate. They decided to start a bit early, by washing their hands of handsy former owner Jerry Richardson before he walked out the door. The Panthers issued a statement after the league fined Richardson $2.75 million for workplace misconduct, but the Panthers statement leaves out [more]

NFL may limit NDA use

Much has been written and said about so-called Non-Disclosure Agreements in recent months, primarily in the realm of presidential politics. But it was the existence (and violation) of multiple NDAs that directly contributed to the decision of Panthers founder Jerry Richardson to sell the team. And it’s possible that NDAs could soon have limited use [more]

NFL wraps up Richardson investigation, fines former owner $2.75 million

It’s not even Friday, and the NFL crime and punishment machine is up and running with a predictable outcome. The league has concluded its investigation of former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, and fined him $2.75 million after charges of workplace misconduct. The fines will “support organizations addressing race and gender-based issues and fund league-wide workplace [more]

Seven players get 99 ratings in Madden 19

The Madden 19 quarterback ratings that recently emerged were either subsequently revised or incorrect. The video game franchise officially has unveiled its players with overall ratings of 99, and the list includes not one but two quarterbacks: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The previously-leaked ratings had only Rodgers at 99, and Brady at 97. The [more]

Greg Hardy says he had two visits, owners shot him down

Greg Hardy’s still denying he did anything wrong. And if you want to read some more of those quotes, Robert Klemko of has plenty of them in his latest feature on the former Panthers and Cowboys defensive end, regarding his arrest on domestic violence charges — charges which were dismissed after his accuser reached [more]

Training camp reporting dates for all 32 teams

The end of offseason programs around the league last week have all 32 teams looking forward to training camp and the start of the push to the regular season. All 32 teams have now announced the reporting dates for training camp. Many teams will have their rookies report ahead of their veterans and all teams [more]

Taylor Heinicke hoping to catch on with Panthers

The Panthers are inexperienced at quarterback behind Cam Newton. After letting Derek Anderson walk in free agency, Carolina has Garrett Gilbert, its third-stringer last season, rookie Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke, claimed by the Panthers on April 16 after the Texans waived him, took nine snaps last season in Houston. That’s nine more than [more]

Players respond to President Trump’s pardon recommendation request

Earlier this month, President Trump addressed protests by NFL players by saying that they’ve seen “a lot of abuse” and unfairness before asking players to recommend names of people they would like to see considered for pardons. Four players responded to that request in an Op-Ed for the New York Times published on Thursday. Seahawks [more]

Panthers apparently not close to Daryl Williams deal after all

The Panthers want to sign right tackle Daryl Williams to a contract extension and may do it before training camp. Unless they don’t. Following last week’s report that a deal could come soon comes some decidedly less optimistic news. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer, a league source described a “monster gap” in [more]

Panthers not renewing contract of Don Gregory

The Panthers are moving on without a longtime personnel man. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers aren’t renewing the contract of senior executive scout Don Gregory. Gregory was their former college scouting director under General Manager Marty Hurney (during his first stint in charge), but was moved into something of a [more]

Panthers first-rounder D.J. Moore signs rookie deal

While most of the draft picks around the league signed before their teams’ wrapped up minicamps, there are still a few stragglers. But there’s one less in Carolina. The Panthers announced first-round wide receiver D.J. Moore signed his rookie contract, wrapping up their draft class. Moore, the 24th overall pick, has a chance to make [more]

Panthers tell Cam Newton it’s OK to check down and go to the next play

When Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said in May that he thinks quarterback Cam Newton can have a completion percentage in the “mid- to high-60s” this season, many people responded with skepticism thanks to Newton completing 58.5 percent of his passes over the course of his career. One adjustment that could help push that number [more]

Torrey Smith promises a Monday response to President’s latest anthem remarks

Panthers receiver Torrey Smith has been one of the more prominent and thoughtful voices regarding the anthem issue. He’ll be adding his voice to the latest developments soon. In response to the President’s Friday morning remarks about player protests, Smith said on Twitter, “I’m going to act like I didn’t see this tweet and keep [more]

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