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Cat Scratch Reader 11 hours ago

NFL Sets 2015 Salary Cap at $143.28M

The exact number ended up being pretty close to what has been forecasted for some time. The number confirms the Panthers are around $15M under the cap at the moment. Salary Cap Set at $143.28M...Franchise Tags Announced - Over the Cap The NFL officially set the salary cap at $143.28 million for the 2015 League Year, a growth of slightly more than $10 million from 2014. Unlike the 2014 salary cap jump this one was somewhat expected so I don’t believe it has the same impact as last year’s number, but it is certainly a good thing for the players and teams in the league. The NFL also...
Cat Scratch Reader 12 hours ago

Panthers Elect to Not Use Franchise and Transition Player Tags

In fact there were zero exclusive rights franchise tags issued league wide and only one transition tag. A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents. The salary offer by a player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive. An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period on...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 1, 2015

Panthers Have Decided to Let Greg Hardy Hit Free Agency

This should not surprise anyone. I admit I had hoped he would stay somehow but... I was hoping to hear something a little more firm, directly from the team but I guess that will come soon enough. Panthers' Final Answer: No Greg Hardy in 2015 - BBRWith Hardy facing a possible suspension from the NFL, and with Richardson’s difficulty in getting past the situation Hardy put himself and the Panthers in, the team will watch him go elsewhere in 2015. None of this qualifies as BREAKING NEWS, but the flicker of hope some had for Hardy to wear a Carolina uniform again has been...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 28, 2015

Carolina Panthers NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Post Combine Edition

It's all about offense in my latest mock draft. Round Prospect Height Weight College 1 DT Malcom Brown 6-foot-2 319 Texas 2 OT Cedric Ogbuehi 6-foot-5 306 Texas A&M 3 WR Phillip Dorsett 5-foot-10 185 Miami 4 RB David Johnson 6-foot-1 224 Northern Iowa 5 C Andy Gallik 6-foot-2 306 Boston College 6 WR Chris Conley 6-foot-2 213 Georgia 7 CB Craig Mager 5-foot-11 201 Texas State 1st Round: DT Malcom Brown Defensive tackle may not be the most pressing need, but I wouldn't sleep on that position in the first round provided the right guy is still there. Brown...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 28, 2015

Carolina Panthers: This Week In Twitter

Here are some highlights from This Week In Twitter. @Panthers yall need to quit playin & sign @OverlordKraken unless yall want him comin aftr @CameronNewton itd be a big mistake letting him go— josh (@joshdavis40) February 25, 2015 Why are more people forgiving to AP when he was proven to beat his kid, yet people hate on @OverlordKraken and he wasnt even charged?— Connor Blevins (@condablev) February 27, 2015 Not only is Greg Hardy getting support from his own teammates in the form of petitioning the owner, but he's getting plenty of the same affirmations from his fans through...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 28, 2015

IS WR Jacoby Jones a Fit for the Panthers?

With WR Ted Ginn leaning towards returning to his home town Cleveland Browns Jones might be a nice back-up plan. Carolina Panthers: The Jacoby Jones backup planMake no mistake about it, Jacoby Jones has blazing speed and can dominate any given game. He’s also shown that he’s no stranger to the big stage. In fact, Baltimore almost certainly doesn’t win Super Bowl XLVII if he’s not on the field. As you may recall, Jones hauled in a 70-yard game-winning touchdown against the Denver Broncos to get Baltimore to the Super Bowl. Once there, he had a 56-yard touchdown catch and a 108-yard...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 28, 2015

CSR Saturday Open Thread

What's on your mind this weekend? It's the calm before the free agency storm. Solid veterans are still being released almost every day it seems, which means there's still plenty of speculating to do. Also, the college basketball season is heating up and March Madness is just around the corner. Final preparations for the 2015 NFL Draft are beginning as Panthers scouts, coaches and a certain general manager will be dispersed throughout the country at various colleges as Pro Days begin this week. Of course, non-sports related topics are welcome as well. So what is on  your mind CSR?
Panthers Gab Feb 27, 2015

A Ginn, Again?

Improving Special Teams Going into the off-season, one of the major issues at-hand was for the improvement of the Special Teams for the Carolina Panthers–who were ranked 20th in Kick/Punt returns, according to PFR. The Panthers have some key concerns and issues to address moving forward to prepare for the up-coming season. The Panthers had […]
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 27, 2015

Carolina Panthers: Happy January and February Birthdays!

It's almost March, which means we're a bit late to recognize the January and February Birthdays of your Carolina Panthers. I say, better late than never. Here's a list of every current Panther whose birthday falls in the first two months of the year: Player Birthday Age DeAndre Presley 1/10/2015 25 Wes Horton 1/18/2015 25 J.J. Jansen 1/20/2015 29 Brian Folkerts 1/30/2015 25 Kawann Short 2/2/2015 26 Fozzy Whitaker 2/2/2015 26 Kevin Matthews 2/4/2015 28 Kelvin Benjamin 2/5/2015 24 David Foucault 2/7/2015 26 Fernando Velasco 2/22/2015 30 -It's...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 27, 2015

Carolina Panthers: What's In An Interview?

Many of us have all been interviewed at one point or another. So to some degree, you know what some of these prospects at the 2015 NFL combine were going through last weekend. But I bet you didn't know exactly what the Carolina Panthers focus on during those brief interviews in Indianapolis. Now that our general manager opened up about their process, we are no longer in the dark. To the delight of many fans, the 2015 NFL Combine was held last weekend. For other fans, it was tedious, if not meaningless. For me, it's a balanced view. There is no doubt that a prospect's tape should be the...
Panthers Gab Feb 26, 2015

Unleash the Kraken

  Sources say that DE Greg Hardy will seek immediate reinstatement based on Thursday’s decision regarding Adrian Peterson. The Panthers were waiting to decide what the outcome of one of their premiere pass rushers would be, allowing the NFL to work through their own process.  Missing the presence of their franchise-tagged player for most of […]
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 26, 2015

Could Ted Ginn return to the Panthers?

Yes, please! The Panthers lost a lot of valuable players in free agency last year, but none more valuable than wide receiver Ted Ginn. His absence was felt throughout the season when the team passed a series of poor substitutes through the ringer -- none of whom were able to affect special teams the way Ginn did. Now there's a chance he could be back. A report from the Charlotte Observer indicates that the Panthers plan to reach out to Ginn, with the prime opposition coming from the Cleveland Browns. On paper it's an easy decision to make between the two, but the allure of returning to his...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 25, 2015

Should the Panthers Trade for WR Mike Wallace?

Now here is a trade scenario that is more than just pure speculation. Word is the Dolphins are actively shopping Wallace. From a football perspective it would be a No-brainer' in my view. The deep threat specialist is just what Cam Newton needs. Yet it's the baggage that will make the Panthers pause: Mike Wallace being shopped by Miami Dolphins - NFL.comThe Miami Dolphins are not prepared to cut disgruntled wide receiver Mike Wallace just yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Total Access on Wednesday that the Dolphins are exploring the trade route based not just on...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 25, 2015

2015 NFL Free Agency: Carolina Panthers interested in Michael Oher

The news comes two days after left tackle Byron Bell announced on Instagram that he would not be returning to Carolina for the 2015 season. The Carolina Panthers recently met with free agent offensive tackle Michael Oher, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. The former first round pick was released by the Tennessee Titans only one year into a four year contract he signed last offseason.  Oher would be a stopgap solution at the offensive tackle position. The 28-year old has the ability to play both right and left tackle, although he graded poorly at right tackle with the Titans...
Panthers Gab Feb 25, 2015

A Review of Panthers 2014-15 Season and the Transition Moving Forward

Every year there are changes made to the team. Last year fans felt betrayed by the letting go of the long-time Panther and veteran Steve Smith. This year, DeAngelo Williams. Transitions happen. Change happens. Fans may disagree with some of the decisions, but trust is necessary if you are to back the management of the […]
Cincy Jungle Feb 25, 2015

Bengals Bites (2/25) - Bad Move Panthers

The Carolina Panthers cut running back DeAngelo Williams, so he decided to air some dirty laundry. One such is how the Panthers used his mother for a promotion then forgot about her. Panthers Used DeAngelo Williams's Mom In Pinktober, Didn't Go To FuneralRunning back DeAngelo Williams found out last week that the Carolina Panthers would cut him. No longer a Panther, he decided to air some grievances, specifically involving the Panthers' relationship with Sandra Hill, his mother who died of breast cancer in May 2014. NFL Nation TV podcast: Lessons from the combine - Cincinnati Bengals Blog -...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 24, 2015

2015 College Pro Day Schedule by Top Prospect

Here's an interesting way to list the Pro Day schedule, by including the top prospect for each school. 2015 Pro Day Schedule | NFL Draft BibleCheck back for updates as more pro day workouts are announced. March 2 | Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest | Nos. 20-down | Could get into end of first round March 3 | T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh | Nos. 10-20 | May fit best at right tackle March 3 | Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn | Nos. 19 | Widely projected as a late first-round pick March 4 | Benardick McKinney, ILB, Miss. State | Nos. 14-down |Opinions vary, but could go in Round 1 March 5 | Randy...
Panthers Gab Feb 24, 2015

A Look At the 2015 Panthers unrestricted free agents

Before approaching the draft, teams make moves in order to advance the team’s vision and philosophy for the upcoming year and the years to come. When looking at the team and the team’s needs it is important to learn what the team’s vision is and the dynamics that make-up the team. LB Thomas Davis, in […]
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 24, 2015

Cat Scratch Radio 10pm ET: Post Combine Edition

The 2015 NFL scouting combine is a wrap. Join us to discuss the results. 10pm ET all Panther fans welcome. If you want to join the call the dial in instructions are below. If you have something to say after dialing in then when I call out your username (if you sign up for an account) or the first 7 digits of your phone number chime up. I go through the list of callers FIFO and give everyone a couple minutes to have their say. If you just want to listen then no problem there, just stay quiet but please mute your line to eliminate any background noise. New Link Here 1. Follow the link above...
Cat Scratch Reader Feb 24, 2015

Post Combine Mock Draft Yields Yet Another OT

I've now added a sixth offensive tackle to the list of OTs mocked to the Panthers. It's a classic knee jerk ascension for a guy who performed well at the NFL scouting combine. I have to admit though I liked the look of this guy as well: 25. Carolina Panthers The Pick: Tackle D.J. Humphries, Florida No player has moved more on my big board in the last month than Florida tackle D.J. Humphries. And this late first-round grade is 100 percent warranted on film. I made the mistake of grading Humphries early off of one game (against Missouri), and he looked bad. Shane Ray attacked him, setting...

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