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Mounting rumors suggest surprise new contender in the bid for Panthers ownership

Don’t read this if you don’t have a sense of humor.

World Wrestling Federation chairman Vince McMahon speaks to Photo by Robert Rosamilio/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Vince McMahon, potentially as a part of his recently announced revival of the XFL, could be making a bid for the Carolina Panthers. Understand that we here at Cat Scratch Reader endeavor to bring you only the most solidly sourced information about the state and future of the Carolina Panthers. After all, it doesn’t take much to start a rumor anymore. We are making this story up on the basis of a hiring that has been publicly announced by the Panthers themselves.

Steve Russ, the recently hired linebackers coach for the Panthers, is a former XFL athlete. We believe this hiring to be no mere coincidence with McMahon’s recent announcement of the XFL’s return. Instead, this is almost certainly a signal from the Panthers’ deep state about what the team is preparing for behind closed doors.

If you doubt this logic then ask yourself this: Would the Panthers hire just anybody to coach Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, and Shaq Thompson? We find it much more likely the leadership of their flagship position group means something. Hiring a coach with significant XFL experience - Russ played in every XFL season to date - can only mean one thing: a McMahon ownership group. It could also mean the Panthers are poised to jump ship to the XFL in 2020. It could also mean nothing at all.

We’ve been wrong before, but these dots almost connect themselves. Just imagine the greatness that could be unleashed by this. Go ahead and put Cam Newton’s charisma in a room with McMahon’s track record for showmanship and see if they don’t set records, annually, for jersey sales and jersey burning videos.

This, of course, would change the franchise over night. The Panthers would go from an owner who wouldn’t countenance hiring anything other than a defensive coach to an owner who was offensive all by himself. Buckle up, everybody, because this race just got interesting.