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Newly Signed Panthers DT Gerald McCoy Explains His Decision to Ink with Carolina

Newly signed Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spoke today about his decision to come to the Panthers over the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, two teams that also were in hot pursuit of the six-time Pro Bowl tackle.

“The reason I’m here is I’m quoted as saying I want to play for a contender. Every ounce of me feels this is a contender,” McCoy said via Field Yates of ESPN.

The Ravens won the AFC North, while Cleveland defeated the Panthers last season and went 7-8-1, while the Panthers stumbled to a 7-9 mark.

Some think that the Panthers are ready to turn the corner though after quarterback Cam Newton was injured for a good portion of the second half of the year.

“Carolina was a great fit for me. Being around the guys we just meshed & I love the instant chemistry we had. They have a tradition of having a great defense,” McCoy said.

“I love the players & I believe in #1. Ron Rivera is a proven coach & can’t wait to get started.”

McCoy will have plenty of chance to make an impact for the Panthers, and to also back up his words of his new team hopefully being a contender in 2019.

Panthers Land Free Agent Six-Time Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy

The Panthers scored a huge victory on Monday, beating out two teams from the AFC North to land the services of six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the former Buccaneers tackle has decided on inking with the Panthers, turning down the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, two teams that also met with McCoy.

The move will keep him in the NFC South, where he can fast his former team twice a season after being released by the Buccaneers a few weeks back.

The report says that McCoy will be signing a one-year deal worth up to $10.25 million that includes a $4 million signing bonus.

McCoy was set to make $13 million this season if the Bucs would not have released him. In his career he has put up 54.5 sacks, 296 tackles, 79 for a loss and 140 quarterback hits.

His sack totals rank fourth in the NFL among defensive tackles since 2010.

Getting McCoy is a huge addition to the team’s defensive line, as he will team with Kawaan Short to give the team one of their best (on paper) lines in some time.

The Panthers Will Have to Wait the Weekend to See if Gerald McCoy Will Come to Baltimore

The Panthers and their fans will have to wait the weekend to see if free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is going to be wearing a Cats unifor or another outfit in 2019 and beyond.

NFL.com reports that McCoy, after visits with the Panthers, Baltimore and, will use the weekend to make a decision on what team to sign with.

Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network stated as well that McCoy could choose his team in time to be there for upcoming minicamps.

Of note, the Browns kick off their three-day minicamp on the weekend of June 4-6, while the Ravens and Panthers will hold their respective minicamps on June 11-13.

McCoy immediately found himself a wanted man in the wake of his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The six-time Pro Bowler first visited with the Browns, followed by the Ravens and Panthers.

If McCoy desires to play for a contender, he can’t go wrong with any of the teams.

The Ravens come off a 2018 season where they won the AFC North to make the postseason, while the Panthers have a talented foundation to turn around a disappointing 2018 campaign.

The Browns, though, are one of the more exciting teams in the league heading to the 2019 season with the offseason additions of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and defensive end Olivier Vernon. The trio joined a foundation anchored by second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive end Myles Garrett, among others.

Of the three teams vying for McCoy’s services, the Browns as of Friday afternoon have the most salary cap space with $32.6. The Ravens have $13.4 million and the Panthers sit on $8.5 million.

McCoy visited with the Browns first on his free agent tour, and then spent two days with the Ravens before moving on and chatting with the Panthers, who he knows very well from his time playing in Tampa with the Buccaneers.

Free Agent DT Gerald McCoy to Visit the Panthers

Free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will pay the Panthers a visit this week, this after chatting with both the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, but not signing a deal with either.

The Athletic reported that McCoy will pay the Cats a visit before making his decision on where he will sign for 2019. McCoy left Baltimore after a two-day visit on Wednesday.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the visit with the Ravens was “A+++” per a source, but again with no deal in place he’s going to talk to the Panthers, who now McCoy very well from his time with Tampa Bay.

If the Panthers can land McCoy, it will give them a huge force on the defensive line, as he will team with Kawaan Short to give quarterbacks headaches.

Carolina currently has $9.8 million available in cap space. Cleveland has $32.7 million in cap space, while the Ravens have $13.7 million available.

Panthers OT Daryl Williams Limited at OTA’s From 2018 Knee Injury

Panthers offensive tackle Daryl Williams was limited at OTAs as he continues to recover from a 2018 knee injury according to Bill Voth of panthers.com.

He hopes to get complete medical clearance before the start of training camp in late July. Williams was limited to one game last season because of a torn MCL and dislocated patella in his right knee. Still dealing with the injury when free agency rolled around, Williams was forced to take a one-year, $7 million offer to return to Carolina.

Originally a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2015, Williams was considered one of the best right tackles in the league before the injury. The 26-year-old is expected to move to left guard for the 2019 season but that plan could change if second-round rookie Greg Little is not ready to start at left tackle.

Panthers Agree to Terms with Veteran WR Aldrick Robinson

The Panthers have signed veteran wide receiver Aldrick Robinson according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.

Dubbed “Lord Aldrick”, the 30-year-old Robinson is a 5’10/185 deep threat who has never become a star in the NFL but seems to produce everywhere he lands. Originally a sixth-round pick by the Washington Redskins out of SMU in 2011, Robinson spent the first three years of his pro career with the Redskins and has 14 career touchdowns on 86 grabs with five different teams.

He has an impressive 16.5 yards-per-catch average in his career and caught a career-high five touchdowns on 17 catches for 231 yards after being signed by the Minnesota Vikings last September.

In Carolina Robinson joins a wideout group that currently features D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Chris Hogan, Rashad Ross, Jarius Wright, and Torrey Smith, among others.

We would not be surprised if he establishes instant rapport with QB Cam Newton and carves out a role for himself in the Panthers offense in 2019.

Rookies Make a Positive Impact in Panthers First Preseason Camp for Incoming Players

It is easy to get excited about one rookie mini camp, but in the case of the Carolina Panthers, the team did take some big steps in the right direction to try to get back to the postseason and be a force again in the NFC South and the Conference as a whole.

If you look at sites like bet-wager.com you will see the Panthers still have a ton to prove if they are going to get back to the Super Bowl of a few seasons ago.

Since that forgettable Sunday afternoon and evening in San Francisco, the team has not been able to reach the same level, and it seems like there needs to be a new attitude that hopefully head coach Ron Rivera and the team can put in motion as they look to get back to double digit wins.

When it comes to the first mini camp with new players, it’s all about players setting tempo, getting on the same page and making sure that this unit starts off on the right foot.

A lot of that falls directly on Rivera, who might be under a slightly hotter seat after how the team has taken steps the other way the last few seasons since that Super Bowl game against the Broncos.

The coach did like what he saw during the first rookie camp, and felt like the new players on the team were there with a renewed vigor and were ready to make an impact.

“Retention was really good,” said Rivera, after the weekend’s final session. “I really liked what we did on both sides of the ball.”

Rivera stated that the staff will take a long look at what the new players kept in their brains over the newest session, and once the veterans come in, it will then be fun to see how the rookies play alongside the veterans and if there can be a good mix.

Two players that stood out in the first camp was backup quarterbacks Will Grier and Kyle Allen.

Reports from the camp stated that both showed promise, which included Grier’s strongest throw of the day on Saturday, when he hit a deep ball to wide receiver Andre Levrone.

Yes the ball fell incomplete, but it was a great effort none the less. Allen showed consistency both days and seemed to have good chemistry with some of the younger pass catchers.

With more camps upcoming, it will be fun to see if the attitude stays the same, as well as if these players continue in the direction to build a winning unit for the 2019 season.

Panthers Add FSU Pass-Rusher Brian Burns with the 16th Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

Getting to the quarterback has been a priority for the Panthers this offseason, and they addressed that need on Thursday, adding Florida State pass-rusher Brian Burns with their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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