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Robert Lester returns to action Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Panthers defensive back Robert Lester, who suffered an AC sprain in the preseason opener, returned to action Sunday at home against Kansas City. Lester registered one tackle in his return.

Robert Lester suffers AC sprain in first preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Panthers defensive back Robert Lester suffered an AC sprain during Friday's preseason opener against the Bills, according to head coach Ron Rivera, via the team's official website. Lester left the game in the first half with the injury and did not return.

The Panthers will host the Chiefs on Aug. 17.

Roman Harper to miss first preseason game with toe injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Panthers safety Roman Harper will have to wait another week before making his debut with his new team. He was ruled out for Friday's preseason opener against the Bills because of a toe injury, head coach Ron Rivera told reporters, per NFL Network.

Harper, a long-time Saint, signed with the Panthers in the offseason. The two-time Pro Bowler will look to make his debut on Aug. 17 against the Chiefs.


Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy expected to play in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Panthers defensive ends Charles Johnson (hamstring) and Greg Hardy (shoulder) weren't able to practice Sunday due to their respective injuries. However, both are expected to play in Friday night's preseason opener against Buffalo, per ESPN.

DeQuan Menzie hangs it up after two seasons


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters that cornerback DeQuan Menzie has retired, according to the Charlotte Observer. The fifth-round selection in 2012 was waived by the team on Saturday. Menzie nearly confirmed the news with a cryptic tweet on Sunday.

Thomas DeCoud signs with Panthers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) The Panthers agreed to sign free agent defensive back Thomas DeCoud to a two-year deal Thursday, the team announced.

The deal will pay the former Falcon $3.75 million if he meets all incentives, and includes a $500,000 signing bonus. DeCoud is coming off a season in which he racked up 65 tackles in 15 games, but failed to record an interception for the first time in five seasons.


Panthers will retain DL Colin Cole


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) The Panthers have re-signed defensive lineman Colin Cole, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer Tuesday. Cole will return to the Panthers on a one-year deal, after starting 13 games a year ago in his return from a two-year absence due to injuries.

Cole played 31 percent of the team's defensive snaps in all, finishing with 15 tackles and a sack. Financial terms of the deal are not yet known. 


Roman Harper joins Panthers for two years


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Free-agent safety Roman Harper is staying in the NFC South, as the long-time Saint has agreed to a two-year deal with the Panthers, according to ESPN.com Saturday. The deal with pay Harper $4.5 million over two years, with a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Harper is a two-time Pro Bowler who fell on hard times a year ago, appearing in just nine games. He finished the 2013 season with just 39 tackles, his lowest total since he was a rookie in 2006. 


Greg Hardy signs franchise tender


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/4/2014) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy signed his franchise tender Tuesday, reports Pro Football Talk. 

Hardy will now be paid $13.116 million for one season, and he hopes to parlay the franchise tender into a long-term deal. The move puts Hardy under contract for 2014 and prevents him from flirting with another team and ultimately signing an offer sheet.

In signing the tender, Hardy gives up the ability to hold out of training camp without being fined $30,000 per day, since he's under contract.


Panthers expected to use franchise tag on Greg Hardy


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Panthers are expected to use their franchise tag on defensive end Greg Hardy if a long-term deal is not reached by Monday's deadline, reports Pro Football Talk.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Hardy and the Panthers remain in discussion for a long-term deal, but the team will obviously wants to keep Hardy at all costs. Hardy is looking for a contract commensurate with his place among the league's best pass rushers after totaling 26 sacks over the past two seasons.

If he gets the franchise tag, Hardy will likely make $12 million in 2014.


Panthers, Greg Hardy working on deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Panthers remain in discussions with defensive end Greg Hardy about a long-term deal, reports the Charlotte Observer.

The report says the Panthers met recently with Drew Rosenhaus, Hardy’s agent, and the two sides have had ongoing negotiations. Hardy is looking for a contract commensurate with his place among the league’s best pass rushers after totaling 26 sacks over the past two seasons.

Most industry experts believe he could draw a deal worth an average of $12 million to $14 million per season, with as much as $25 million in guaranteed money, if he hits the open market. But he's also still eligible for the franchise tag.


Panthers pick up option for Thomas Davis


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) The Panthers picked up the two option years for linebacker Thomas Davis' contract, reports Pro Football Talk.

The report says Davis will  make $13.5M over next two years in 2014 and 2015. Davis had 123 tackles in 2013 (85 solo) with two interceptions and four sacks.


Report: Greg Hardy 'seems bound' for franchise tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, an impending free agent, "seems bound for the franchise tag," reports NFL.com. The tag for defensive ends is projected to be around $12.5 million, meaning Carolina would be spending more than $20 million on two pass rushers in 2014 since Charles Johnson is set to make $8.75 million.

Hardy matched a franchise record with 15 sacks last season, giving him 26 the past two years. If he reaches free agency, he'll be the premier defensive end on the market.


Luke Kuechly named 2013 Defensive Player of the Year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year during Saturday's NFL Honors awards ceremony.

Kuechly finished fourth in the NFL with 156 tackles, including 34 tackles in the final two regular-season games. He also had four interceptions and two sacks in just his third season in the league.

Panthers got 'everything they hoped for' in Star Lotulelei


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Panthers drafted defensive tackle Star Lotulelei 14th overall last April and got "everything they hoped for," according to the team's website. The 6-2, 315-pound rookie helped Carolina improve from 14th in run defense (110.1 yards allowed per game) to second in 2013 (86.9).

He started all 16 regular-season games, getting 47 tackles, three sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. In the playoff loss to San Francisco, Lotulelei made six tackles, one for loss.


Panthers GM: Greg Hardy 'a part of the puzzle'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman faces a difficult decision regarding defensive end Greg Hardy, an impending free agent who had 15 sacks this season. The team could sign Hardy to a long-term deal, franchise him or let him leave.

When the Charlotte Observer asked about Hardy, Gettleman called him "a part of the puzzle." Added Gettleman: "I got to watch 17 games worth of stuff, but he’s obviously a presence. Anybody can see that. It’s part of it. We’ve got to evaluate the whole thing and then come up with a plan."


GM indicates Panthers must show restraint in offseason


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) The Panthers have plenty of decisions to make in the offseason regarding free agency and salary cap issues, according to general manager Mark Gettleman.

"We are cap challenged," he told the team website. "That's not going away any time soon. We have to identify the core and then keep the core."

The Panthers have 21 unrestricted free agents. Included are defensive end Greg Hardy, who was among the league leaders with 15 sacks, and prominent left tackle Jordan Gross.

"The biggest mistake you can make is make emotional decisions," Gettleman added. "We have to make business decisions, and it takes time."


Panthers DST solid, but unspectacular against San Francisco


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) The Panthers DST was solid, but ultimately unspectacular against the 49ers.

After limiting the 49ers to just nine points earlier this season, San Francisco put up 23 points against Carolina. Carolina had a tough time disrupting Colin Kaepernick. The team registered just one sack. They did not force any turnvoers. It was just the sixth time all season the team allowed 20+ points on defense. 


Three Panthers questionable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and wide receiver Steve Smith have been deemed questionable for the playoff game Sunday against San Francisco with knee issues. Defensive tackle Colin Cole has received the same designation with a calf injury.

Listed as probable are tight end Ben Hartsock (knee) and safety Quintin Mikell (thumb).


Frank Gore impressed with Carolina's Luke Kuechly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who finished fourth in the NFL with 156 tackles, has got the attention of 49ers running back Frank Gore ahead of Sunday's playoff game in Carolina. "Fast. Can really get to the ball. Fast. Fast. Big. Fast. He’s got it all," Gore told CSNBayArea.com when asked about Kuechly.

Kuechly, 22, had four interceptions, two sacks and seven passes defended this season. He made 34 tackles in the last two regular-season games.


Panthers defense has quality performance


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) The Panthers defense played well Sunday in Week 17 at Atlanta, highlighted by nine sacks in a 21-20 victory.

The leader of the defense was Greg Hardy with four sacks. Charles Johnson also added two sacks. Melvin White also had an interception for a touchdown.

The Panthers are off until the Divisional Round of the playoffs. They locked up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye after winning the NFC South title.


Luke Kuehly tabbed as NFL best by coordinator


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott called linebacker Luke Kuechly the best defensive player in the NFL today, per the Charlotte Observer.

McDermott was inspired by the Week 16 performance of Kuechly, who racked up 24 tackles, two passes defensed and an interception in the Sunday win over New Orleans.


Panthers DST holds the Saints to 13 points


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Panthers DST limited the Saints to just 13 points Week 16.

Carolina did a good job limiting Drew Brees. They forced two interceptions and sacked Brees six times. The bad weather also assisted Carolina, as the Saints offense couldn't do much when the rain was coming down. They'll take on the Falcons Week 17.


Panthers DST looking at tough matchup Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) The Panthers DST is facing a tough matchup Week 16 against the Saints.

New Orleans has been effective on offense this season, scoring 25.6 points per game. Because of that, opposing defenses hav averaged just 7.29 Fantasy points against the Saints. Drew Brees rarely turns the ball over, and does a fantastic job avoiding the pass rush, which limits what defenses can do against the Saints.

To their credit, the Panthers have been fantastic defensively this season. The team is second in the league with 45, is in the upper half in interceptions and has recovered their fair share of fumbles. The team has allowed just 14.9 points per game, the second-best rate in the league. They did have some trouble with the Saints the first time the teams matched-up, giving up 31 points. While the Panthers have been fantastic all season, some struggles are to be expected against New Orleans Week 16.


Quintin Mikell makes five tackles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Panthers safety Quintin Mikell didn't have a huge impact in the Week 15 win over the Jets. He made five tackles, two solo, and is up to 47 stops this season. Mikell plays the Saints in Week 16.