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Jerry Richardson Says Panthers Not Planning Layoffs During Lockout

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been one of the most visible owners in CBA negotiations with the players.

According to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, multiple team employees, who requested anonymity, said Richardson has been vocal in recent weeks about his desire to keep things normal inside the building.

No layoffs or furloughs are planned at the moment, and there’s a sense of optimism that things may remain normal until the fall, while the football portion of the equation is anything but. Other NFL teams, including the New York Jets, have put furlough plans in place already.

“He wants us to know he’s serious about taking care of us, and that’s something he takes pride in,” one Panthers staffer said of Richardson. “No one wants to take that for granted, but for now, he’s telling us we’re OK.”

Agents for several of the coaches hired by the Panthers this offseason say there’s nothing in the language of their new contracts that cuts their pay in the event of a lockout.

And while some in-house employees are still in the dark – considering the news came while most were asleep Friday night – there’s a vague sense of short-term security.

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