Posted on: February 16, 2010 11:36 am
Wide receiver Antonio Bryant received $9.88 million in 2009 after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on him.
He had a career year in 2008, which resulted in 83 passes for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.
Tampa Bay won't be placing the franchise tag on Bryant again this season, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because the price is way too high for a soon-to-be 29-year-old wideout who spent the better portion of the 2009 season battling a knee injury.
The Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots could be interested in Bryant.
Posted on: November 30, 2009 12:22 pm
Following Carolina's 17-6 loss to the New York Jets, Panthers coach John Fox says lineup changes could be in store for his team's offense, including the quarterback position.
"We've got to look hard at who's out there, what we're doing and get better," Fox said, in comments published by the Charlotte Observer . "I think we'll look at the whole offense. At the end of the day, we weren't productive enough to win."
In the loss to the Jets, the Panthers managed just 179 yards of total offense. QB Jake Delhomme has been intercepted 18 times this season, including four against the Jets.
The Observer said Delhomme expects Fox to consider benching him.
Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:45 am
The Charlotte Observer reports that quarterback Jake Delhomme was taken to a hospital during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-21 victory against the Arizona Cardinals.
He later said that he thinks he will be able to play next week when the Carolina Panthers play New Orleans in the Superdome.
Darnell Dockett slammed into Delhomme as he threw a short pass to fullback Brad Hoover in the third quarter.
Delhomme was on the ground in pain for a few moments, before leaving the game.
Posted on: October 27, 2009 12:22 pm
The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers coach John Fox could finally be warming up to the idea of benching QB Jake Delhomme .
With the Panthers having considerable trouble with their passing game, Fox has reached the point where all options are on the table for addressing the problem.
"We definitely need to do whatever it takes to get better," Fox said, as quoted by the Observer . "If that entails a quarterback change, that's what it'll entail."
Fox emphatically supported Delhomme as a starter in the past.
Posted on: October 20, 2009 11:20 am
The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs traded defensive lineman Tank Tyler to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night for a fifth-round 2010 draft pick.
Tyler started two games this season at nose tackle before being replaced by Ron Edwards.
A third-round draft pick in 2007, Tyler is the latest of the Chiefs' draft choices from the Herm Edwards era to depart.
Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:27 am
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney denied an Internet report that the Carolina Panthers were working on a trade to send defensive end Julius Peppers to the New England Patriots for a second-round pick, 34th overall.
According to the Charlotte Observer, an NFL.com story indicated Carolina and New England were hoping to complete the trade sometime between next week's owners' meetings in Dana Point, Calif., and the draft in late April.
By the rules of the (collective bargaining agreement), we cannot and have not had any conversations with other teams about Julius, Hurney said in a statement.
The CBA allows Peppers to talk to other teams, who could sign him to an offer sheet. The Panthers would have the right to match the offer sheet, or reject it and receive two first-round picks in return.
Posted on: January 19, 2009 9:36 am
His agent Carl Carey stated that Peppers is ready to move on and play for another team and informed general manager Marty Hurney of the news in a two-hour meeting.
Peppers is the team's all-time sack leader with 70.5 in seven seasons. He finished with a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2008 was voted to his fourth Pro Bowl.
Carey said ideally Peppers wants to play in a 3-4 defensive system where he can stand up and roam the field as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, similar to how the Dallas Cowboys use DeMarcus Ware and how the San Diego Chargers have used Shawne Merriman in the past before his injury.