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Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb was cut by the Panthers on Friday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Webb spent the entire 2013 campaign on IR with a torn ACL in his right knee. He'll look to prove he's healthy and potentially catch on with a team in need of wide receiver depth.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hall signed with the Panthers on Friday, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Carolina added the former seventh-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008, who spent the last two seasons in the Canadian Football League. The 28-year-old recorded 16 sacks last season - good for second in the CFL - and will add depth to a strong defensive end contingent led by Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: The Carolina Panthers signed DeCoud to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not released Thursday.
Impact: The 6-foot-2, 190-pound DeCoud spent the last six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and went to the Pro Bowl in 2012. He started 15 games in 2013 and had 83 tackles and returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown. Earlier Thursday, the team signed free-agent tight end Ed Dickson from the Baltimore Ravens.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeCoud has signed a two-year deal with the Panthers, Carolina's team website reports.
Impact: DeCoud, who registered 76 stops (62 solo) and six interceptions en route to a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, was released by the Falcons after posting just 65 tackles (44 solo) and no interceptions this past season. However, now on board with NFC South rivals Carolina, DeCoud could immediately assume a starting safety role given speculation surrounding the Panthers considering releasing Charles Godfrey for salary cap reasons. Coming off a torn Achilles, Godfrey's situation has yet to play out, but nonetheless, DeCoud should benefit from playing in a stout Panthers defense, which could allow him to improve on last season's statistical drop-off.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Carolina Panthers have signed unrestricted free agent tight end Ed Dickson to a one-year contract. Carolina announced the move Thursday, but financial terms were not released.
Impact: Panthers coach Ron Rivera says in a release Dickson "provides experienced depth at the tight end position" behind starter Greg Olsen. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Dickson started 44 games and played in 60 during his four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He has 111 career receptions for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns. Dickson played in eight playoff games with five starts and helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl two years ago. Last season, Dickson started 14 games and caught 25 catches for 273 yards and one touchdown.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dickson signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Dickson, who caught 25 passes for 273 yards and a TD for the Ravens in 2013, will provide the Panthers with an additional pass-catching option at TE to complement returning starter Greg Olsen. Give the team's unsettled wideout situation, it's plausible that Dickson -- who caught a career-high 54 passes for Baltimore in 2011 -- could see enough looks in two-tight end sets this coming season to carve out some deep-league utility while working in tandem with Olsen, who led the Panthers with 73 catches in 2013.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: The Panthers officially announced they've re-signed Cole - an unrestricted free agent - to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not released Wednesday.
Impact: The return of Cole means the Panthers have kept their entire defensive line rotation from last season intact. Cole started 13 games last season for the Panthers second-ranked defense in 2014 and helped the team to the NFC South championship. Cole, whose role is primarily to take up blocks up front, had 15 tackles, one sack and three quarterback pressures. He missed all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons with an ankle injury.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole has signed a one-year contract with the Panthers, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Cole, who played in 15 games for the Panthers last season, starting 13, isn't much of an IDP factor after recording 15 tackles and a sack in 2013. That said, his return to the mix ensures that the Panthers' solid defensive front seven returns intact this season.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Cole will remain with the Carolina Panthers after agreeing to a one-year contract, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been made official.
Impact: Cole, 33, started 13 games last season for Carolina's second-ranked defense and had 15 tackles and one sack. He's not the type to fill up a stat sheet, with his primary responsibility taking up blockers at the point of attack and providing linebackers freedom to run and make plays. The 6-foot-2, 335-pound Cole has played eight seasons in the NFL and started 47 games. Prior to joining the Panthers he spent time with Minnesota, Detroit, Green Bay and Seattle.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avant signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Monday.
Impact: Used as the third receiver for much of his time in Philadelphia, Avant has ample experience working out of the slot and should fill such a role with the Panthers in 2014. While he would still appear to have very limited upside -- particularly in non-PPR leagues -- the veteran couldn't have found a better landing spot for fantasy purposes. He joins a receiving corps that includes tight end Greg Olsen, Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood, and little else of note. Avant should have every chance to carve out a role in the offense, but Cotchery and perhaps Underwood will also be competing for playing time and targets. Given the poor quality of the talent that they've added at the position in recent weeks, the Panthers still figure to target a wide receiver early in May's draft.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avant was slated to visit the Panthers on Monday, ESPN.com reports,
Impact: Though the Panthers have added Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood to their wideout mix this offseason, there is still room for more competition to be brought in that department, given that the team has correspondingly parted ways with Steve Smith, Ted Ginn, Brandon Lafell and Domenik Hixon.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Decoud will touch down in Charlotte on Sunday for a visit with the Panthers, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: DeCoud was released by the Falcons on March 11 and has yet to latch on with another team. The safety failed to record an interception in 2013 and overall had a down year, leading to his release. He had previously signed a five-year extension with the Falcons, after the 2013 season, but the Falcons didn't feel he was worthy of the contract, so they cut him loose. It appears other teams, such as the Panthers, have interest. If he was to sign with the team, he would likely slide behind Charles Godfrey on the depth chart.