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2016 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC South
Panthers should consider breaking ties with Stewart (0:48)
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Savage: Teams must plan vs. Cam Newton

ESPN NFL Insider Phil Savage weighs in on how Cam Newton and Kirk Cousins compare, Jimmy Garoppolo's value and Alabama's hiring of Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers officially have released DT Paul Soliai as his agent, David Canter, tweeted would happen today.

Victor Cruz could fill slot role on Panthers (0:59)
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Rodgers: I'd take Cousins over Cam Newton

SEC Network's Jordan Rodgers shares his thoughts on how Kirk Cousins compares to Cam Newton and whether Cousins is a better quarterback than Alex Smith.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The release of FB Mike Tolbert and DT Paul Soliai cleared just shy of $4 million in salary cap space for the Panthers. That gives general manager Dave Gettleman more the $50 million in cap space to spend in free agency.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The release of fullback Mike Tolbert cleared another $1,725,00 in salary cap space for the Panthers. He was set to count $2,075,000 against the cap in 2017.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers also have released Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert, according to the team website.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers will save $2,218,750 under the salary cap by releasing DT Paul Soliai today. More money to put toward signing DTs Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short to long-term deals.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers will release DT Paul Soliai today, according to his agent, David Canter. Soliai was signed to a 2-year, $7 million deal last offseason.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Victor Cruz, released by the New York Giants, is in Charlotte visiting with the Panthers, a league source confirmed.

ESPN Stats & Info

Savage: Franchise tag predictions

This afternoon on NFL Insiders, ESPN Front Office Insider Phil Savage named five players almost assured to get a franchise tag before the March 1 deadline. All but one of the five would be getting the tag for the first time.

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Panthers should sign Bouye

Carolina would be wise to improve its secondary with the kind of talent that A.J. Bouye displayed last season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have begun rebuilding depth on the offensive line with a familiar face. They signed guard Amini Silatolu to a one-year deal. Silatolu was drafted by Carolina in the second round of the 2012 draft. He wasn't re-signed last year after his rookie contract expired and spent time in camp with Chicago before being released.

What moves should be made in NFC South? (1:24)

Will Panthers tag Kawann Short?

Of course, tagging a player doesn't mean going through with the one-year deal. Carolina tagged Josh Norman last March yet rescinded it in April, leading to his departure from Charlotte.

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Expect Kawann Short to be tagged

The Panthers still will attempt to sign Short to a long-term deal before the season, but the tag guarantees an important piece of the defense remains intact.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th