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Ed Dickson - TE Posted 4/10/14 4:01pm et
The Carolina Panthers signed TE Ed Dickson (Ravens) on Thursday, April 10.
Huddle Up: Aside from his second season (2011) with the Ravens when he had 54 catches for 528 yards and 5 TDs, Dickson didn't top 25 receptions, 273 yards or a TD in his other 3 campaigns, and now he'll be playing behind Greg Olsen, the Panthers' clear No. 1 passing-game target now that WR Steve Smith has left for Baltimore. In short, a change of scenery should do nothing to alter your minimal fantasy expectations for Dickson.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 4/2/14 5:45pm et
Bus Cook, agent for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle), said Newton is doing well in his rehab from offseason ankle surgery. Newton is expected to miss all of the offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp. Cook also said he was not surprised when the team said they plan to pick up the fifth year option in Newton's contract. The team sides can continue to work on a contract extension.
Huddle Up: Maybe by the time Newton is ready to hit the field in August, the Panthers will have his contract situation ironed out... and have found some wide receivers for him to throw to.

Tiquan Underwood - WR Posted 3/21/14 5:21pm et
Updating a previous report, the Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with WR Tiquan Underwood (Buccaneers) on a two-year contract Friday, March 21. Underwood is likely to compete for the third wide receiver position and on special teams as a kick returner.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are wafer-thin at wide receiver, so Underwood is actually in the mix for significant playing time. That's not necessarily a good thing.

Joe Webb - WR Posted 3/21/14 8:32pm et
The Carolina Panthers are signing free-agent WR Joe Webb (Vikings) to an undisclosed deal as a quarterback, according to a source.
Huddle Up: At the moment Webb might actually be the best wide receiver on the Panthers' roster... so of course they're moving him back to quarterback, where he'll hold a clipboard behind Cam Newton.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 3/20/14 1:54pm et
The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers) Thursday, March 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cotchery hauled in 46 passes for 602 yards and a career-high 10 TDs as the No. 3 wideout for the Steelers but now figures to be a starter for the Panthers, who have lost WRs Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn this offseason.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 3/18/14 6:27pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will have minor ankle surgery Wednesday, March 19. Ligaments in Newton's ankle had stretched out, and the procedure will tighten them.
Huddle Up: This procedure doesn't sound like it'll hamper Newton any -- if at all -- this coming season, but the team's depleted WR situation certainly might as Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn have all departed since the end of the 2013 campaign. Some moves are most definitely in order, or Newton's fantasy stock will undergo a downgrade.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 3/14/14 10:51pm et
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith's three-year deal is worth $10.5 million and will include a $3.5 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Smith will give Joe Flacco an alternative to Torrey Holt. He's not quite as big as Anquan Boldin, but Smith is every bit as tough and should flourish as a WR2 rather than being the only passing game option as he was in Carolina.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 3/13/14 10:35pm et
There is mutual interest between the Baltimore Ravens and free-agent WR Steve Smith (Ravens), but a source said that nothing is imminent Thursday, March 13.
Huddle Up: The Ravens will have some heady competition for the veteran wideout with the Seahawks, Patriots and Chargers among the other teams reportedly interested in Smith.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 3/4/14 3:49pm et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy signed his franchise tender that will pay him $13.116 million.
Huddle Up: With step No. 1 done, the Panthers now are looking to lock up Hardy for seasons to come with a long-term deal for the DE, whose sack totals have increased in each of his 4 seasons in Carolina.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 2/28/14 6:17pm et
The Carolina Panthers will use their franchise tag on DE Greg Hardy.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, as Hardy is a valuable component of the Carolina defense.

Brandon LaFell - WR Posted 2/27/14 10:44pm et
The Carolina Panthers likely will allow impending free-agent WR Brandon LaFell and CB Captain Munnerlyn to test the free-agent this offseason. The team could look to re-sign both to shorter, team-friendly deals at some point.
Huddle Up: LaFell, a 3rd-round pick in 2010, hit career highs with 49 catches (for 627 yards) and 5 TDs, but it sounds like the Panthers would rather bring back Ted Ginn Jr. and add another wideout rather than look for more improvement out of LaFell.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 2/20/14 10:11pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman did not rule out the possibility of parting ways with WR Steve Smith this offseason. 'Steve's had a great career, and the bottom line is, it's part of the evaluation process.' Smith is scheduled to receive $4 million guaranteed next season with a $3 million bonus.
Huddle Up: Smith, who will turn 35 in May, saw his reception and yardage total drop for the 3rd straight season and failed to pace Carolina in receiving for the first time since 2004. Still, Smith has been the Panthers' heart and soul for more than a decade, and it would be a shock to see him wearing another uniform.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 2/18/14 11:38pm et
There have been no new developments in the contract situation with the Carolina Panthers and DE Greg Hardy. The team has two weeks to decide whether to use the franchise tag, which would buy the team another year to negotiate with Hardy. However, if they do tag him, it would consume nearly all of the team's unused cap space, which is a hefty price considering the team is looking to lock up franchise cornerstones QB Cam Newton and LB Luke Kuechly with huge deals in the next two years.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are definitely in a tough spot with Hardy, who hit career highs with 15 sacks and 65 total tackles this past season and now tops most of the best-available-free-agent watch lists. With cap space at a premium, look for the Panthers to try and hammer out a longer-term deal with the DE before using the franchise tag as a last resort.

Captain Munnerlyn - CB Posted 2/16/14 2:45pm et
Carolina Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn, soon to be a free agent, said he is shocked there hasn't been more contact with the team about a new deal.
Huddle Up: It is somewhat strange considering Munnerlyn is hitting his prime coming off a career season (77 total tackles, 12 passes defense and 2 interception returns for TDs), but he certainly won't lack for suitors if he reaches the open market.

Ted Ginn Jr. - WR Posted 2/10/14 1:45pm et
The New York Giants could show interest in Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent WR Jacoby Jones, Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Dexter McCluster and Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. because they are looking to improve their return game. All three could also help out the team's receiver corps.
Huddle Up: Ginn might have trouble cracking a relatively solid Giants' receiving corps, but he would definitely bring something to a table as a returner and he could push his way into the lower end of the receiver rotation.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 1/26/14 4:12pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman said he will offer QB Cam Newton a fair contract to start contract negotiations. 'It's going to be fun,' Gettleman said. 'It's going to be interesting. There's going to be a lot of work, a lot of research. A lot of thought is going to go into it. Philosophically, I'm going to start with a fair offer. It's going to be fair. And then we'll move from there.'
Huddle Up: Newton's 2013 passing (3,379) and rushing-yard (585) totals were career lows, but his passing TDs (24) and the Panthers' wins (12) were both career high-water marks. Still, Newton and the Panthers were the only divisional-round host to lose, and his contract offer will surely fall short of the other QBs megadeals (Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan) we've seen of late.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 1/24/14 12:09am et
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent DE Greg Hardy said there has not been any progress in contract talks with the team. The team could place the franchise tag on Hardy or let him go because of their salary-cap situation.
Huddle Up: Hardy, who just completed his 4th season, finished third in the league with a career-high 15 sacks and is in line for a big contact, whether he remains in Carolina or not.

DeAngelo Williams - RB Posted 1/17/14 12:25pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman indicated the team likely will keep RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Jonathan Stewart and FB Mike Tolbert even though they are combined to count more than $14.8 million against the salary cap next season.
Huddle Up: Because when the best/most productive runner on your team is your quarterback and you have a desperate need for playmakers elsewhere in the offense, why wouldn't you bring all three running backs back to take a $15 million bite out of your salary cap? Same ol' same ol' in Carolina, where Williams, Stewart, and Tolbert will cannibalize each other's fantasy values once again.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 1/14/14 6:38pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said QB Cam Newton has proven that he is the team's franchise quarterback, but Gettleman wouldn't say if the team will approach a long-term deal with Newton. The team has until May 3 to pick up his fifth-year option, which would be similar to a franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Newton had his best year in terms of team success -- 12 wins and a playoff berth as opposed to a combined 13 victories and no postseason over his first 2 years -- but on the fantasy flip-side, he did record career lows in terms of passing (3,379) and rushing yardage (585) and rushing TDs (6). He did, however, hit a career high with 24 TD passes.

Jonathan Stewart - RB Posted 1/12/14 12:35pm et
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) has been declared inactive for the Sunday's Divisional Round playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: In somewhat of a surprise, Stewart appears on the team's inactive list after practicing during the week. In the meantime, that means more work for DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/12/14 12:35pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) is active for the Divisional Round playoff game Sunday, Jan. 12 vs. the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Smith will play after missing the final regular-season finale and an up-and-down week at practice. He won't be 100 percent, but there can be no doubting the veteran wideout's heart and toughness.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/12/14 10:57pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a TD Sunday, Jan. 12 in a 23-10 NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Smith, coming back after missing Week 17 with a knee injury, started strong but failed to catch a pass in the second half as the Niners took control. He very well could enter next season as the Panthers' No. 1 WR, but he'll turn 35 in May and you'll likely start to see his numbers decline.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/11/14 12:55pm et
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) was limited in practice and is questionable for the team's divisional round game.
Huddle Up: Smith isn't 100 percent, but he's expected to play through his injury against the 49ers. Hurt, with a tough defense and coming off a sluggish season... that's not exactly a recipe for fantasy success.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/10/14 12:57pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) is in full pads during the walkthrough Friday, Jan. 10.
Huddle Up: It's just a walkthrough so Smith isn't out of the woods yet, but his being in full gear suggests he'll at least give it a go in the Panthers' playoff opener this weekend.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/9/14 3:49pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) said things did not go as well as he had hoped Thursday, Jan. 9 in practice. Smith said he went from 71 percent participation Wednesday to 57 percent in practice Thursday.
Huddle Up: Things are trending the wrong way for Smith and the Panthers with Sunday's game now a day closer. See what the veteran WR can do Friday.

Jonathan Stewart - RB Posted 1/9/14 11:26pm et
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Just when you're starting to feel safe rolling with DeAngelo Williams, the in-again, out-again Stewart reappears in the Panthers' backfield picture. Expect Stewart to play in Sunday's wild-card game after missing the final 3 contests of the regular season.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/8/14 12:45pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) is expected to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Jan. 8, according to a league source. Smith has vowed to play in the NFC Divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 12.
Huddle Up: Smith may not get much practice time in this week, but it's tough to see him not making it to the field this weekend for the Panthers' playoff opener.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 1/7/14 1:09pm et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy (illness) did not participate in practice Monday, Jan. 6, because of bronchitis.
Huddle Up: Hardy wrapped up the regular season with a monster performance (4 sacks, 8 total QB hits) vs. the Falcons, and his health will be vital in a toss-up divisional-round game vs. the Niners. He should be good to go by Sunday, but monitor his progress the rest of the week.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/7/14 7:23pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) said how much he is able to do in practice will dictate how much he is able to do in the team's divisional round game.
Huddle Up: With the Panthers' bye last week, Smith has essentially been out the last month, and his return would be a much-needed addition to a Panthers' offense that struggles at times to put up points. Definitely see how the practice week goes for the veteran wideout.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 1/4/14 10:41pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Steve Smith (knee) has done most of his rehab work indoors, but head coach Ron Rivera said Friday, Jan. 3, that he hopes to have Smith on the field next week and playing in the Divisional Round playoff game Sunday, Jan. 12. Smith has been doing treadmill, elliptical and underwater treadmill work, but he has not yet said he will be ready for the playoff game.
Huddle Up: Smith has taken advantage of the extra week off, with all indications pointing towards him being available when the Panthers open the 2014 playoffs next weekend.

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