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ESPN's Ed Werder stated on SportsCenter Thursday that free agent Jerricho Cotchery is "close to a decision," and is "right now leaning" toward signing with the Panthers. Cotchery turns 32 in June, but would at least give Carolina's receiver corps some credibility. The Panthers are currently bereft of NFL receiving experience. Much more interestingly, Werder stated he believes the Panthers have already "internally" discussed trying to trade for DeSean Jackson, and "might entertain the idea" if the Eagles' draft-pick asking price is reasonable.

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/1618/jerricho-cotchery

Cam Newton to have foot surgery!

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Adam Sheffner on ESPN ... "Cam Newton to have foot surgery" to repair an injury from the Panthers last game against the 49ers during the playoffs. The Panthers and Newton decided to ahead and have the surgery since taking it easy hadn't diminished the pain. This surgery will have a 4 month recovery time, which brings him right to the start of training camp.

ESPN, Adam Sheffner

Deanthony Thomas

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Would love to see him as a late rounder as a guy who can return kicks and a pass catcher out of back field/slot with tons of speed

Me

Da Kraken doesn't care about your disrespect...

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"If you don't stop me, I'm going to break your quarterback's face," Hardy said. "... That's just people talking. Naysayers, people jabbing, even old analysts and old players talking about a game that they're too slow to play. Congrats to them. That's what they get paid for."

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000311795/article/mike-tolbert-believes-panthers-are-being-disrespected

Hardy should be a Panther in 2014

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Greg Hardy - DL - Panthers Impending free agent RE Greg Hardy said he's not opposed to the franchise tag. Hardy is coming off back-to-back monster seasons for the Panthers, racking up 120 tackles and 26 sacks over the past two campaigns. He's also said he would be willing to give the Panthers a hometown discount on a long-term deal. The bottom line is that Hardy will not be leaving Carolina. There's no chance. A year after grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 4-3 defensive end, Hardy checked in at the No. 3 spot in 2013. Hardy also dominates against the run. Source: Steve Reed on Twitter

Steve Reed: Twitter

Armond Smith odd man out

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Armond Smith - RB - Free Agent Panthers waived RB Armond Smith. Carolina officially activated Jonathan Stewart (ankles) from short-term I.R. Saturday. Smith is the odd man out in the backfield. He stood out in the 2012 preseason (4.3 YPC) but has rushed for just seven yards on ten real carries.

rotoworld.com

How DET Goes 9-7 while 8-8 Panthers Miss Playoffs.

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I'm smelling an 8-8 finish for the Panthers. We are tied at No. 6 in the NFC with DET and CHI at 4-3, but hold the tiebreaker over both teams. The Panthers could go 8-8, while CHI fades and DET goes 9-7 to jump us in the playoff hunt. Likely CAR Losses (2): @SF, NE, @NO 50/50 Chance (2W/2L): @ATL, @MIA, NO, NYJ Likely CAR Wins (2): ATL, TB This puts us at 8-8. DET will fade with Cutler out and three tough upcoming games: @GB, DET, BAL. DET has an interesting sched. They should beat CHI, TB, MIN and lose to GB. That puts them at 7-4 with five weird games left. The rest of their sched consists of shaky veteran teams who can either be great, good, or horrible on any given Sunday: DAL, @PIT, @PHI, BAL, NYG. If DET goes 2-3 here, they finish at 9-7, one game up on CAR. I know who I'm rooting against on Thanksgiving Day.

Mick Smiley

Jon Beason Officially A Giant

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Jon Beason is officially a Giant. Passed his physical.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2013 https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/386217995015430144

Bucs Release QB Josh Freeman

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Filed to ESPN: Bucs have released QB Josh Freeman. Bucs tried to trade him but couldn't.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2013 https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/385830045849092097

OT: Browns Trade Trent Richardson to The Colts For A First Round Pick

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BREAKING: Browns trade RB Trent Richardson to Colts for 1st-round pick. (via @AdamSchefter)

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 18, 2013 https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/380456553616134144
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