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Panthers Free Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors and Grades

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterAugust 30, 2016

Panthers Free Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors and Grades

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    It’s not quite practicing all week with games on Sunday, but when the NFL calendar resets at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and free agency begins, there will be a flurry of NFL activity.

    With just under $4.5 million in salary cap space, according to Spotrac.com, the Panthers don’t have the cash to make a huge impact on their roster via free agency.

    But Carolina still has to improve its roster and show its fanbase it can take steps forward from its 7-9 record last year. How will the Panthers get that done?

    Consider this your daily buffet (and here you don’t have to pay or leave a tip) featuring everything you could ever want to know about the Panthers in free agency. When players are added or released or when the rumor mill starts buzzing, check back here for the news.

    Check back frequently because we’re going to be keeping score.

Latest Rumors and Reports

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    March 21: With the arrival of Ted Ginn Jr., Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer thinks wide receiver Armanti Edwards' days in Charlotte might be numbered.

    March 20: Ted Ginn Jr. impressed the Panthers during his visit with the team and left with a contract offer, according to the Charlotte Observer.

    March 20: Offensive tackle Frank Omiyale visited Carolina on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

    March 19: Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and safety Mike Mitchell visited the Panthers on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. (UPDATE: Mitchell agreed to terms with the Panthers on Wednesday, according to the Charlotte Observer)

    March 18: Contract negotiations with defensive tackle Dwan Edwards have not progressed, according to the Charlotte Observer.

    March 18: Carolina is still in talks with free agent cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, according to the Charlotte Observer.

    March 18: Cornerback D.J. Moore is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers this week, according to the Chicago Tribune. (UPDATE: Moore signed a one-year deal on Tuesday, according to the Charlotte Observer)

    March 18: Defensive end Greg Hardy wants a contract extension from the Panthers, according to the Charlotte Observer. Hardy doesn't have much leverage, but if a deal does get done this season it might have a small cap consequence for Carolina.

    March 15: Offensive lineman Frank Omiyale will visit the Panthers on Saturday, according to Adam Caplan of The Sideline View.

    March 15: Offensive tackle Chris Williams visited the Panthers on Friday, according to Howard Balzer of 590 KFNS the Fan.

    March 15: Carolina exercised fullback Mike Tolbert's option for 2014 and 2015, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

    March 15: Offensive tackle Kevin Boothe is speaking with the Panthers, as well as three other teams, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

    March 14: Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards was offered a 1-year deal from the Carolina Panthers, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. Edwards is mulling over multiple offers.

    March 13: Detroit Lions CB Drayton Florence is headed to Charlotte to undergo a physical for the Panthers, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. (UPDATE: Signed with Carolina)

    March 13: Quarterback Derek Anderson is headed back to re-sign with the Panthers, according to a sourced report from Mike Cairns of WEWS TV5. Anderson's thrown four passes over the last two seasons in Carolina. (UPDATE: Deal is official, according to the Associated Press)

    March 12: The Panthers plan to release linebacker James Anderson on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. (UPDATE: Confirmed)

    March 12: One of the Panthers’ biggest priorities, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, is cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. But Munnerlyn is drawing interest from the Miami Dolphins, which could drive the price up for Carolina.

    March 9: The Panthers asked left tackle Jordan Gross to take a pay cut, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. Gross has a cap number this season of $11.7 million.

Free Agency Additions/Re-Signings

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    March 21: Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. signed a one-year deal with the Panthers, according to ESPN. The move is as much a special teams signing as a receiver fill.

    March 20: Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn announced via Twitter that he has re-signed with the Panthers.

    March 20: Safety Mike Mitchell told Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that he agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Panthers Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    March 19: Cornerback D.J. Moore signed a one-year deal with the Panthers Tuesday, according to the Charlotte Observer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    March 13: Cornerback Drayton Florence signed a one-year deal with the Panthers Wednesday, according to the Charlotte Observer. Financial terms were not disclosed

    March 13: The Associated Press reported that quarterback Derek Anderson re-signed with the Panthers. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal was a one-year contract.

    March 12: Backup tight end Ben Hartsock was re-signed by the Panthers on Tuesday, according to the Charlotte Observer. Hartsock is a blocking tight end with very minimal value in the passing game.

    March 6: Linebacker Jordan Senn re-signed with the Panthers. It's a one-year deal, terms unknown.

Free-Agency Subtractions

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    WR: Louis Murphy: According to the CBS New York, wide receiver Louis Murphy signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants.

    LB Jason Phillips: The special-teamer signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer

    LB James Anderson: According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, releasing Anderson only saved the team $200,000 unless he's a June 1 designee. If he is, the savings would be $3 million. If not, Carolina eats $2,8 million in dead money into 2014. (UPDATE: The Panthers did designate this as a June 1 cut, according to the Charlotte Observer)

    CB Chris Gamble: The Panthers saved $7.9 million by releasing Gamble.

    DT Ron Edwards: Carolina saved $2.5 million in cap space by letting Edwards go.

Panthers Add CB Depth with Drayton Florence

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    Cornerback Drayton Florence played in just eight games last season for the Detroit Lions; it was the 10-year veterans’ lowest game output of his career.

    Florence’s addition isn’t the marquee signing Panthers’ fans were looking for on Day 2 of free agency, but Florence will bring in experience that is greatly needed on this Carolina roster.

    According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Carolina’s three top corners are all under 25.

    Of Detroit’s four cornerbacks who played at least 200 coverage snaps last season, Florence ranked last, allowing 24 receptions in 206 snaps. Florence also missed eight tackles, more than any other cornerback on Detroit’s roster. And remember, Florence only played in eight games.

    This move for Carolina is just a depth move. If Florence is anything more than the dime corner, or fill-in nickel, the Panthers could be in trouble in 2013 in the defensive backfield.

     

    Grade: D

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