Carolina Panthers’ Notable Moves
The Carolina Panthers are coming off a rough season after cruising to the Super Bowl two seasons ago. The Panthers finished fourth in the NFC South with a 6-10 record and attend on improving with all the acquisitions to the team.
Julius Peppers, one of the big names Carolina signed, gets a one year deal for $3.5 million. The ex-Panther competed in the Bank of America Stadium 2002-2009 and now returns to finish his career where it all began. The defensive end brought the pain to the quarterback 81 times in the blue and white according to ESPN.
Now Carolina has two massive athletes on both sides of the ball in Peppers and quarterback Cam Newton. Former left tackle for the Panthers, Jordan Gross, explained the persona of the two in the Charlotte Observer.
“He’s like one of those cool players, like Cam is,” Gross said. “People look up to Peppers because he kind of has that cool factor. Even if he plays 12 snaps and has four tackles this season, he’s going to elevate the defense just because he’s on their team.”
The Panthers also signed Captain Munnerlyn who played for them in the 2009-2013 seasons. The contract covers four year and $21 million. He will return as an inside corner. They also made deals with wide receivers Charles Johnson and Russell Shepard. Johnson brings speed on the field with the departure of Ted Gin Jr.
Carolina bring in safety Mike Adams as well to improve the secondary. Adams had a combined 79 tackles and two picks last season for the Indianapolis Colts.
The team buffered their offensive line as well bringing in center Ryan Kalil’s brother Matt Kalil as left tackle. The action basically happened as a trade when they picked up Kalil from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings picked up Mike Remmers from Carolina.
The New England Patriots traded for defensive end Kony Ealy and a third-round pick in exchange for a second-rounder.
The Panthers finished in the bottom half in passing yards and touchdowns allowed last season. Now, they will try and use these new members to get back into the playoffs and make some noise.