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The Scratching Post: 3/30/20by Bradley Smith on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 am
Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Get to know new tight end Seth DeValve | Zach Goins, Panthers.comAfter three seasons in Cleveland and one in Jacksonville, DeValve is now on his way to Carolina. Teddy Bridgewater shoots down Panthers rebuild, tanking 2020 season in hopes for better draft pick | Jeff Kerr, CBS SportsBridgewater takes 'pride in winning,' which is his plan in Carolina NFL Trade Rumors: Curtis Samuel is reportedly on the trading block and the 49ers should be interested | Kyle Posey, Niners NationSamuel is a perfect fit for Shanahan’s offense. Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it’s allowed by the site’s ToS, it’s fair game here. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Thank you, Cam Newtonby MickSmiley on March 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images After nine years of winning football and thrilling us as fans, it’s only appropriate to express appreciation for No. 1. After nine seasons the Carolina Panthers have decided to move on from Cam Newton. As a fan I really don’t have a choice but to move on, too. The team cut him. Superman ain’t dancing through that tunnel again. But before I close this near decade-long chapter in my football life I felt the need to say “thank you” to Cameron Jerrell Newton. Thank you, Cam, for reassuring a skeptic I’ll admit, I was skeptical of Cam Newton before the 2011 draft. I don’t really follow college football and I never “break down tape” on prospects. All I knew about Cam is he was a one-year wonder at the Division I level and had won both the Heisman and the national title, but there were other well documented off-the-field issues that raised red flags about his judgment and character. I thought Cam could be a cross between Peyton Manning and Michael Vick, or the love child of JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf. Of course I wanted Cam to succeed but I wouldn’t have been surprised if he failed. Needless to say, Newton won me over almost immediately with his amazing on-field play and being a model citizen off the field. Thank you, Cam, for bringing back hope The Panthers 2-14 2010 season was absolutely miserable for us as fans. Jimmy Clausen. Matt Moore. Brian St. Pierre. Tony Pike. The Panthers as a franchise would’ve been set back for years if Cam was a bust. But in Cam’s first game his 422 passing yards set an NFL rookie record. He set a new rookie record in his next game with 432 yards. Throughout 2010 he set a number of other records and was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Fan bases with a franchise quarterback have hope. In 2011 Cam brought back hope to the Carolinas. Thank you, Cam, for 2015 Very few fans experience the prolonged joy we as Panthers fans knew in 2015. Cam led the NFL’s highest scoring offense and racked up win after win after win. The team started 14-0 and gave us more than three straight months of perfect football. After finishing the season 15-1 Cam led the Panthers to the Super Bowl, an experience some fan bases have never had. Yes, the Super Bowl loss is still a lingering disappointment, but 2015 was an incredible run. It was capped off with Cam being named NFL MVP and being selected by his fellow players as the best player in the league. Thank you, Cam, for being a gamer If Cam Newton was healthy enough to play, he was going to play. Period. Between 2011 and 2018 he suffered a plethora of injuries and somehow missed only five games over that eight year span. Cam also put his body on the line with his physical style of play. Per CBS Sports, he absorbed 922 hits between 2011 and 2017, the most by any quarterback by a mile. Russell Wilson was second with just 615. Cam Newton was willing to fight for every yard as a runner and buy time as a passer while his receivers got open, both of which resulted in Superman sacrificing his health for wins. Cam Newton put team before self. Thank you, Cam, for your charity Cam Newton will leave a legacy of charity and giving across the Carolinas. His Cam Newton Foundation focuses on mentoring youth, community outreach, and education. Per Panthers.com, Cam’s foundation has provided more than $5.1 million in grants, reached over 12,500 student-athletes and coaches, and provided nearly 12,000 need-based youth with meals and gifts. There was Santa Cam’s Surprise Sleigh. There was Cam’s annual Thanksgiving Jam. There were scores of post-touchdown footballs given to delighted children in the stands. And please just watch this hospital visit and try not to get emotional. Cam Newton used his resources and his stature to bless many lives. He was more than just a football player to his local community. Thank you, Cam, for the wins While football is a team sport, quarterbacks have the most influence on whether a team wins or loses any given game. Over the five years between 2013 and 2017 Cam Newton’s 49 “quarterback wins” ranked fourth in the NFL, trailing only Tom Brady (60), Russell Wilson (54), and Alex Smith (50). With a “healthy Cam” taking the field we as Carolina Panthers fans knew our team had a legitimate shot at winning every game he played in. Thank you, Cam, for the records The list of Cam’s NFL records is too extensive to list (what a great problem to have!), so please just visit his Wikipedia page for a comprehensive rundown. As Panthers fans we we didn’t just have a really good dual-threat quarterback, we had the joy for nine years of watching the best dual-threat quarterback in NFL history. Thank you, Cam, for the highlights As with Cam’s records, there are too many jaw-dropping highlights to mention individually. Here’s a quick top 10 list that gets the point across. The escaping. The runs. The rocket arm. The front flips. As Panthers fans we will probably never have a more dynamic, electric quarterback leading our team. Every time the pocket broke down and Cam looked to scramble we all held our breath and knew something incredible could happen. I’m going to miss that. I’m genuinely sad Cam Newton won’t be back in a Carolina Panthers uniform next year. I understand the health risks and the salary cap. I understand new regimes and rebuilds. I just don’t understand what the Panthers are going to be like without Superman under center. For nearly a decade Cam Newton has been a central part of the enjoyment I’ve experienced in being a Panthers fan. I appreciate him for that. I respect him for that. Thank you, Cam.
Keep Sounding: So many things have happenedby Jonathan DeLong on March 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Cam Newton has been released, among other things. It’s been ten days since the last episode of Keep Sounding. About three weeks of news has happened in that time. Cam Newton has been officially released, Kyle Allen has been officially traded, and a bunch of players have been signed. Here’s how the show goes: The Buffalo Bills signed Daryl Williams, further cementing their place on the Carolina Panthers pipeline. We play a game where Brad and Brian try to guess every player that has passed through that pipeline, and it’s an absurd number. The Panthers signed a couple of Seths, a return specialist, and a bunch of Matt Rhule’s old college players. One of them is Robby Anderson, who is good at football. Another was the best quarterback in the XFL. The Panthers got a fifth round pick for Kyle Allen Somehow they didn’t get anything for Cam Newton Who the Panthers should draft with their first round pick We need your help! There are no sports, but we want to keep creating content. Let us know in the comments what you’d like to hear us talk about. It doesn’t have to be Panthers or football related. LINK TO SHOW
Panthers roster tracker: Free agency rumors, news, cuts, signings and moreby Bradley Smith on March 27, 2020 at 1:25 pm
David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Keep up with all the Panthers 2020 free agency news right here! The 2020 NFL free agency period is underway and the Carolina Panthers have been quite busy rebuilding their roster under new head coach Matt Rhule. The biggest move the Panthers have made this offseason is at the most important position on the roster — quarterback. The Panthers have made it known they plan to part ways with Cam Newton and have signed Teddy Bridgewater to a 3-year, $63 million contract. The Panthers have also made moves in the secondary by re-signing Tre Boston and cutting Eric Reid. Use the tracker below to keep up with all the free agency moves and rumors for the Panthers. Panthers rumors and roster moves March 25: The Panthers signed wide receiver DeAndrew White to a 1-year contract. March 25: The Panthers signed defensive tackle Zach Kerr to a 2-year contract. March 24: The Panthers signed wide receiver Robby Anderson to a 2-year, $20 million contract. March 24: The Panthers released quarterback Cam Newton. March 23: The Panthers traded quarterback Kyle Allen to Washington for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. March 23: The Panthers signed linebacker Tahir Whitehead to a 1-year contract. March 23: The Panthers signed quarterback P.J. Walker to a 2-year, $1.565 million contract. March 20: The Panthers have signed tight end Seth DeValve. March 20: The Panthers signed wide receiver Pharoh Cooper to a 1-year contract. March 19: The Panthers signed wide receiver Keith Kirkwood to a 1-year contract. March 18: The Panthers signed guard John Miller to a 1-year, $4 million contract. March 18: The Panthers signed wide receiver Seth Roberts. March 18: The Panthers released safety Eric Reid. March 17: The Panthers signed safety Tre Boston to a 3-year, $18 million contract. March 17: The Panthers signed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a 3-year, $63 million contract. March 17: The Panthers have given quarterback Cam Newton permission to seek a trade. March 16: The Panthers signed safety Juston Burris to a 2-year, $8 million contract. March 16: The Panthers signed defensive end Stephen Weatherly to a 2-year, $12.5 million contract. March 16: The Panthers released safety Colin Jones. March 4: The Panthers signed defenisve lineman Chris Smith to a 1-year contract. March 4: The Panthers traded Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers for Russell Okung. February 25: The Panthers decline the option on Jarius Wright’s contract. January 30: Greg Olsen ‘mutually agreed’ to leave the Panthers. January 14: Luke Kuechly announced his retirement from football. December 30, 2019: The Panthers signed nine players to reserve futures contracts (S Quin Blanding, CB Dominique Hatfield, TE Temarrick Hemingway, WR Damion Jeanpiere, OT Tyler Marz, OT Aaron Monteiro, LB Sione Teuhema, K Elliott Fry, RB Marcus Murphy). Panthers 2020 free agents Unrestricted free agents CB Ross CockrellCB Javien ElliottWR Chris HoganDT Kyle LoveDT Stacy McGeeWR Jarius Wright (2020 option not picked up) * * * EDGE Mario Addison (signed 3-year, $30.45 million contract with the Buffalo Bills on March 17)S Tre Boston (signed 3-year, $18 million contract on March 17) CB James Bradberry (signed 3-year, $45 million contract with New York Giants on March 16)DT Vernon Butler (signed 2-year, $18 million contract with the Bills on March 17)DE Wes Horton (announced retirement on February 4)EDGE Bruce Irvin (signed with the Seattle Seahawks on March 18)DT Gerald McCoy (signed 3-year, $20.25 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys on March 17)DT Dontari Poe (2020 option not picked up; signed contract with the Cowboys on March 25)G Greg Van Roten (signed with the New York Jets on March 21)G Daryl Williams (signed a 1-year deal with the Bills on March 26) Restricted free agents OT Dillon Gordon * * * WR DeAndrew White (signed a 1-year contract on March 25) Exclusive rights free agents TE Marcus BaughOT Brandon GreeneG Kitt O’Brien * * * QB Kyle Allen (signed 1-year contract extension on March 10)RB Reggie Bonnafon (signed 1-year contract extension on February 4)S Cole Luke (signed 1-year contract extension on February 5)DE Efe Obada (signed 1-year contract extension on January 6)K Joey Slye (signed 1-year contract extension on February 6)
The Panthers have signed DT Zach Kerr to a 2-year, $3 million contractby Bradley Smith on March 27, 2020 at 11:35 am
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images The Panthers have added some bulk to their defensive line. Update: The contract is for two years, $3 million with the possibility of incentives. #Panthers gave DL Zach Kerr a two-year deal with a base value of $3 million plus more available in incentives. It was actually agreed to nine days before it was announced. The COVID situation slowed down the medicals and finalization.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 26, 2020 The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent defensive tackle Zach Kerr, according to a report from Field Yates. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the team is reporting that it’s a two-year deal. The Panthers have signed former Cardinals DT Zach Kerr, per source. He adds some size (6-2, 334) in the middle of a defense that is now without Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 25, 2020 Kerr (6 feet 2 inches, 334 pounds) was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has also spent time with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals. He has 135 tackles, 7.5 sacks one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his career. As always, it depends on the financial details but this has potential to be a great deal for Carolina because it gives the Panthers some much needed help at defensive tackle after they’ve lost Vernon Butler, Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy to free agency. Before this signing, the only defensive tackles on the Panthers’ roster were Kawann Short and Woodrow Hamilton, so depth was 100 percent a major need for the Panthers. Stay tuned to CSR as we’ll update this story when new information is available.