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  • Panthers' Henry Anderson: Returns to Carolina

    The Panthers re-signed Anderson to a one-year deal Tuesday, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports. Anderson will return to Carolina and likely serve as depth along the defensive line. The 31-year-old registered 18 tackles (nine solo) last year, and he failed to record a sack for the second consecutive season. Anderson has now had two of the least productive seasons of his career since leaving the Jets following the 2020 season, but the 2015 third-round pick will look to bounce back next year in a new defensive scheme, as former Broncos coordinator Ejiro Evero takes over the defense for the Panthers.
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  • Texans' Cory Littleton: Gets one-year deal with Texans

    Littleton is signing a one-year contract worth up to $2.7 million with Houston on Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Littleton appeared in 15 games with the Panthers last season, recording his lowest tackle total (47) since 2018. The 29-year-old seems likely to handle a similar depth role with Houston in 2023, meaning he would carry minimal fantasy value in IDP formats.
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  • 49ers' Myles Hartsfield: Signs with San Francisco

    The 49ers reached a deal with Hartsfield on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Hartsfield was a restricted free agent but will now head to San Francisco after the Panthers opted not to place a tender on him. The move will reunite the 25-year-old with 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, whom Hartsfield had his most productive season with this past year. The 2020 undrafted free agent should now have the opportunity to compete with Tashaun Gipson for the starting safety job opposite Talanoa Hufanga.
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  • Panthers' Donte Jackson: Adjusts contract

    Jackson (Achilles) restructured his contract with the Panthers on Thursday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports. Jackson suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in November, and although he could be ready for the start of the season, he'll do so with a reworked contract. The cap savings this will create for Carolina is not yet clear, but Jackson was set for a $13.5 million cap hit in 2023, and part of the restructured deal will result in him getting a $4 million roster bonus, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. When healthy, Jackson should be one of the team's starting corners opposite Jaycee Horn.
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  • Myles Hartsfield: Not offered tender

    The Panthers are not offering Hartsfield a restricted free agent tender ahead of the start of the new league year Wednesday, Anthony Rizzuti of USA Today reports. Hartsfield has spent the duration of his three-year NFL career in Carolina, joining the team as an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss back in 2020. Across those three seasons with the Panthers, Hartsfield accumulated a total of 18 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and seven pass breakups in 41 games.
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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Tendered by Panthers

    Franklin received the minimum restricted free-agent tender from the Panthers on Monday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports. This move gives the Panthers the ability to match any contract offered to Franklin. The linebacker-turned-safety is likely to return to Carolina in 2023, as Franklin's 67 tackles through 47 NFL games are unlikely to generate much buzz on the free-agent market.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Staying with team

    Thompson agreed Saturday to re-work the remainder of his two-year contract with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The veteran linebacker had an untenable $24.6 million cap hit entering Saturday, prompting many to assume Thompson would be a cap casualty. Instead, the valued leader will return for his ninth year with the franchise and try to add onto his string of four straight seasons with 100-plus tackles.
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  • Damien Wilson: Let go by Carolina

    The Panthers released Wilson on Friday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports. Wilson signed a two-year deal with the Panthers in March 2022, but he fell out of the linebacker rotation completely last season as Carolina transitioned into a new defensive scheme. He posted a career-high 106 tackles with the Jaguars in 2021 and should garner plenty of interest as a free agent this summer.
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  • Panthers' Xavier Woods: Restructures contract for 2023

    The Panthers restructured Woods' contract Thursday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports. Woods, who signed a three-year contract last offseason, was due a roster bonus March 19, per Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer. Because of the 27-year-old's recent contract adjustment, Carolina now saves $1.64 million against the cap if it were to have been a standard restructure. Woods operated as an every-down secondary member for the Panthers this past season, tallying 86 tackles and six passes defensed across 15 matchups suited up for.
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  • Justin Layne: Let go Wednesday

    The Panthers released Layne from the reserve/did not report list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Carolina scooped Layne off waivers from the Eagles in December, but the cornerback never reported to Carolina. The 25-year-old appeared in nine games last season between the Giants and Bears, contributing mainly on special teams.
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  • Panthers' Sean Chandler: Suspended two games

    Chandler was suspended for two games Monday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Mike Kaye of the Charlotte Observer reports. Chandler is set to hit free agency March 13 and will now have to miss the first two games of next season. The 26-year-old appeared in every game for the Panthers last season and recorded 19 tackles (11 solo) while playing almost exclusively on special teams. While this suspension could hurt Chandler's value on the open market, he can still bring solid value on special teams to anyone that signs him.
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  • Panthers' Derrick Brown: Career high in stops

    Brown made a career-high 67 tackles (30 solo) to go with one sack and seven passes defended while playing all 17 games across the 2022 season. Brown also intercepted the first pass of his career, an added bonus to his most productive tackling campaign thus far. Since being drafted seventh overall in 2020, Brown has struggled getting to the passer consistently, but he at least elevated his performance elsewhere this season. Depending on whether the Panthers pick up his fifth-year option or not, 2023 could be Brown's final under contact in Carolina.
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  • Panthers' Jeremy Chinn: Injury-marred 2022 campaign

    Chinn made 70 tackles (51 solo), one sack and defended six passes while playing only 11 games in the 2022 season. Chinn's streak of 100-plus tackle campaigns ended in his third year, as a hamstring injury forced him to miss a significant chunk of the campaign. When healthy, Chinn was his usual productive self, with his six pass breakups actually marking a career high. With 2023 representing the final year of the 2020 second-round pick's rookie deal, Chinn will be shooting for a pay day and a good bill of health in order to return to his previous heights.
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  • Panthers' Xavier Woods: Tops 80 tackles

    Woods made 86 tackles (53 solo), broke up six passes and recovered two fumbles while playing 15 games in the 2022 season. Woods' tackle total marked the second highest of his career, only trailing last year's output in Minnesota. The veteran ranked third on the Panthers in stops and passes defended and is under contract for another two years in Carolina.
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  • Panthers' Frankie Luvu: Enjoys breakout campaign

    Luvu made 111 tackles (76 solo) and seven sacks while forcing a fumble and returning an interception for a touchdown across his 15 games in the 2022 season. Luvu was one of the Panthers' breakout players, dramatically increasing his production after only 43 stops in 16 games last year. The 26-year-old boasted just 7.5 career sacks prior to this season, and Luvu surpassed his previous career total of passes defended with four in 2022. Under contract with Carolina for one more year, Luvu's stock has never been higher.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Completes career year

    Thompson made a career-high 135 tackles (78 solo) while playing all 17 games in the 2022 season. Thompson has now posted triple-digit stops for four straight seasons, with his total this year at least 20 more than any campaign prior. The veteran also broke up four passes and was credited with a half-sack. Although 2023 marks the final year of Thompson's contract with the Panthers, the team would save significant money by cutting him, raising doubt over his future. Wherever he suits up next season, though, Thompson should serve as a highly productive veteran linebacker.
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  • Panthers' Jaycee Horn: Recovering well from wrist injury

    Horn (wrist) is recovering well and could have been available to play if the Panthers made the postseason, Augusta Stone of the Panthers' official site reports. Horn said Monday that his wrist injury was a "clean break", and although he sustained it in Week 16, the cornerback has made strong progress in his recovery and would have had a shot to return in the playoffs. With Carolina's season over, Horn will now have ample time to rest this offseason and get ready for the 2023 campaign. The 23-year-old finished this season with 53 tackles, seven pass deflections and three interceptions over 13 contests.
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  • Panthers' Matt Ioannidis: Not playing Sunday

    Ioannidis (back) is inactive Sunday against the Saints, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Ioannidis didn't practice this week, but he'll still take the field for the team's regular-season finale. The veteran's presence should be a boost for the interior of the team's defensive line against New Orleans.
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  • Panthers' Brian Burns: Inactive against Saints

    Burns (ankle) is inactive Sunday versus the Saints. After logging a full practice Thursday, Burns didn't participate at Friday's practice session and will sit out the season finale. Marquis Haynes Sr. and Bravvion Roy are expected to start on the defensive line as a result.
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  • Panthers' Josh Norman: Draws start

    Norman will get a start at cornerback Sunday against the Saints, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Norman joined the team Dec. 26, and he did suit up Week 17, playing 11 snaps on defense. However, the veteran corner will certainly get extra opportunities Sunday starting opposite CJ Henderson.
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