In spite of the fact the Panthers did not use their lone franchise tag on DE Charles Johnson or RB DeAngelo Williams they re-affirmed their intentions of re-signing all three to long-term contracts, at least according to the three players:
"I think we all three want to stay, and I think they want to keep all three of us," Kalil said. "I think right now, it's a matter of until the CBA is resolved, nothing else can happen. But their actions tell us, and from talking to (general manager) Marty Hurney and (owner Jerry Richardson), as well as talking to those two guys, it's clear.
"They want to try to keep the core guys together, especially the ones who have played well. I do think there's an urgency on their part, they want to keep us all here."
"I know Mr. Richardson has gotten some bad press lately, but I think those are things that are going to happen in a negotiation," Kalil said, referring to recent reports Richardson was condescending to players during CBA talks. "But at the end of the day, he's definitely somebody that the guys here do like and respect. I know we went through a rebuilding phase here last year, and it might not look good. But the decisions he and Marty made have inspired some guys, and they want to stay here and make it right.
"I think with where we are now, guys realize that this organization is set up to go out and get these guys under contract, to keep these free agents. Between that and coach (Ron) Rivera and the staff he assembled, I think a lot of guys are really excited."