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July 31, 2009

Coming Sunday: Mike Goodson

Sunday's Observer will include a profile of Panthers rookie running back/kickoff returner Mike Goodson. To get you in the mood, here's a highlight video from his college career at Texas A&M:

Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2009 at 06:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (28)

Martin seals deal, all picks are in

The Panthers have agreed to terms with second-round pick Sherrod Martin, assuring that all of their choices will be signed before training camp opens. Agent Hadley Engelhard said it's a four-year deal, but offered no other details. Martin, a cornerback from Troy, is expected to compete to play in the Panthers' nickel defensive package and to back up starters Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall.

-- Charles  Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (28)

July 30, 2009

Double Trouble website updated

-- DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have updated their website. It costs $34.28 (get it?) to join, though.

-- Jon Beason has a new blog --- www.jonbeason.com.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 30, 2009 at 09:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Panthers, Martin closing in on contract deal

The agent for second-round pick Sherrod Martin, Hadley Engelhard of Atlanta, says significant progress was made today in contract talks with the team and that only minor details remain to be negotiated. Engelhard said while there is not yet an agreement on all contract terms, he is optimistic a deal should be finalized soon.

Martin, a cornerback, is the Panthers' lone remaining unsigned draft pick.

Training camp opens Sunday, so there's plenty of time to get the deal completed before then.

-- Charles Chandler

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Posted by Observer Sports on July 30, 2009 at 05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

July 29, 2009

Your training camp schedule

If you're wondering why the Panthers start training camp later than most other teams (they report Sunday, begin practicing on Monday), it's because their first preseason game isn't until Aug. 17 against the Giants and NFL teams can practice for no more than 15 days before their first game. 

Here's the Panthers' training camp schedule at Wofford. It's free and open to the public.

Monday, Aug. 3: 9:10 a.m., 6:40 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 4: 3:10 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5: 9:10 a.m., 3:10 p.m .

Thursday, Aug. 6: 3:10 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 7, 9:10 a.m., 6:40 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8: Fan Fest, Bank of America Stadium

Sunday, Aug. 9: No practice

Monday, Aug. 10: 9:10 a.m., 6:40 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 11: 3:10 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12: 9:10 a.m, 3:10 p.m. (Snyder Field)

Thursday, Aug. 13: 3:10 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 14: 9:10 a.m., 6:40 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 15: 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 16: 3:10 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 17: at New York Giants

Tuesday, Aug. 18: No practice

Wednesday, Aug. 19: 9:10 a.m., 3 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 20: TBA

Posted by Observer Sports on July 29, 2009 at 05:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (15)

Panthers tickets on sale Saturday

The Panthers announced today that single-game tickets for the upcoming season go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Approximately 7,000 tickets are available for each game. Fans can purchase tickets for up to four games, with a limit of four tickets per game. Prices are $51 to $90 per ticket. The regular season price is the same as preseason. They can be bought at any Ticketmaster outlet, via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1.800.745.3000.

-- Charles Chandler

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Posted by Observer Sports on July 29, 2009 at 02:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

July 28, 2009

Peppers' cap number exceeds $18 million

Julius Peppers' salary cap number for the coming season is higher than previously reported due to more than $1 million in likely-to-be -earned incentives that add to his $16.683 million base salary. The Observer has confirmed that Peppers' currently counts more than $18 million against the cap.

An example of a likely-to-be-earned incentive (LTBE to NFL execs and agents) is Peppers' Pro Bowl bonus of $1.5 million. It's an incentive clause that automatically carries over from his previous contract, and is considered "likely to be earned" because he made the Pro Bowl last season. If he hadn't made the Pro Bowl, it wouldn't count. Of course, if he doesn't make the Pro Bowl again, the Panthers won't actually owe him the money.

By the way, thanks to one of our loyal readers, Michael Procton, for originally mentioning this to us via e-mail a few weeks ago. It sounded right as soon as I read his e-mail, but I didn't want to post the information until we confirmed it.

-- Charles Chandler

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Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2009 at 08:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (27)

DE Brown signs ...

The Panthers officially announced the signing of rookie DE Everette Brown. No surprise there. He agreed to terms last week. They're very excited by his potential. They're one rookie away (Sherrod Martin) from having all their draft picks signed before training camp. That deal should get done soon. The Panthers and agent Hadley Englehard both do a good job of taking care of business in a timely, fair manner.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2009 at 04:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Join us on Twitter for Panthers updates ...

We've joined the world of Twitter! Follow along with me @CharlesChandler for updates on the Panthers pre-training camp, during camp and throughout the season.

Follow my Observer teammate David Scott @davidscott14 ...

Of course, we'll continue to feed the blog with much more detailed analysis, too.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2009 at 04:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

July 27, 2009

Irvin's signing official; two released

As expected, the Panthers have announced the signing of third-round pick Corvey Irvin, a defensive tackle. Official word of second-round pick Everette Brown's signing hasn't come yet, but likely is just a formality.

The Panthers announced the release of defensive tackle Justin Kershaw and safety Anthony Scirroto to make room for two new signings.

Still pending is a deal with second-round pick Sherrod Martin, a cornerback. That is expected to be completed before training camp opens Sunday.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 27, 2009 at 03:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (15)