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Panthers GM not second guessing playing injured Cam Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman isn't second-guessing the team's decision to allow Cam Newton to continue to play last season despite a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder. "Cam is a football player and he wanted to play and the medical people felt it was fine, so we did," Gettleman said Friday.

Panthers sign Jonathan Stewart to 1-year contract extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level." Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.

Panthers QB Newton to have shoulder surgery, will miss OTAs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's offseason "sabbatical" is going to be a little longer than expected. Newton will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder, according to team spokesman Steve Drummond. Drummond said Tuesday that Newton will miss minicamp and OTAs, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.

Chargers re-sign Wiggins, Palepoi, add Barner

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins, defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi and also added running back Kenjon Barner. The Chargers announced the one-year deals Monday. Palepoi is entering his fourth NFL season. The former undrafted free agent from Utah made 23 tackles in 13 games last season as a depth contributor on the Chargers' line. The 6-foot-6 Wiggins can play guard or tackle for the Chargers.

Panthers re-sign lineman Chris Scott to 1-year deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have re-signed offensive lineman Chris Scott to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not released Monday. The 6-foot-4, 345-pound Scott played in 12 games in 2016 with four starts, including three at right guard. The 29-year-old Scott has mostly served as a backup during his four seasons in Carolina, playing in 43 regular season games with 12 starts. ___ For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.

Bills add with receiver Corey "Philly" Brown

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown on Sunday. Brown spent the past three seasons with the Carolina Panthers, catching 79 passes for 1,019 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 games (22 starts). First-year Bills coach Sean McDermott is familiar with Brown, having served as Carolina's defensive coordinator from 2011-16. Brown entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in 2014.

Tolbert jumps at offer to join coach McDermott with Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- When Bills rookie coach Sean McDermott called, Mike Tolbert jumped at the opportunity to sign with Buffalo. That was the best way Tolbert could describe the strong bond he established with McDermott during their previous five seasons in Carolina even though the two -- Tolbert a fullback, and McDermott the Panthers defensive coordinator -- worked on opposite sides of the ball.

Vikings bolster tackles by signing Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have accomplished their most obvious offseason goal, bringing in two new tackles to bolster a lagging offensive line. After finalizing their contract with former Detroit left tackle Riley Reiff on Friday, the Vikings swiftly signed former Carolina right tackle Mike Remmers before he finished his free agent visit to team headquarters.

Busy Panthers bring back Peppers, Munnerlyn

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- After eight years, Julius Peppers is returning home to play for the Carolina Panthers -- and he'll be joined by a few other free agents, too. The Panthers agreed to terms on a contract Friday with Peppers, said to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the move hasn't officially been announced.

The Latest: AP source: Cowboys adding Carroll, Moore

The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern): ___ 10 p.m. A person with knowledge of the deals says the Dallas Cowboys are adding two more defensive players in free agency in cornerback Nolan Carroll and defensive end Damontre Moore. Carroll, who comes over from NFC East rival Philadelphia, is getting a $10 million, three-year contract, the person told The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deals haven't been announced.

Panthers add another Kalil to offensive line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have found someone new to protect Cam Newton's blindside. The Panthers, traditionally conservative with their free agency spending, opened with a bang Thursday. They agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent left tackle Matt Kalil on a five-year deal worth $55.5 million, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Of that, the person said $25 million is guaranteed.

The Latest: Rams trade defensive end Hayes to Dolphins

The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern): ___ 12:55 a.m. The Rams have traded defensive end William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins. The clubs also exchanged draft picks, with Miami getting a seventh-round pick and the Rams getting a sixth-round pick. Hayes spent the past five seasons as a key rotation member of the Rams' powerful defensive line. He started 14 games last year, getting 43 tackles and five sacks.

Panthers re-sign running back Fozzy Whittaker to 2-year deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have re-signed running back running back Fozzy Whittaker to a two-year contract as Carolina continued to retain potential free agents. Financial terms of the new deal were not announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old Whittaker served as Jonathan Stewart's backup last season in Carolina and rushed for 265 yards and averaged a team-high 4.6 yards per carry. He caught 25 passes for 226 yards.

Panthers re-sign DE Charles Johnson to 2-year extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charles Johnson is returning for a 12th season with the Carolina Panthers. He'd like to see his old buddy Julius Peppers back in Carolina, too. Carolina announced the 33-year-old Johnson signed a two-year extension. The deal is worth $9.5 million, according to a person familiar with the negogiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team does not announce financial terms.

NFC Free Agency Capsules

A look at each NFC team's free agency situation (salary cap space is estimated): DALLAS COWBOYS (12-4) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church, CB Morris Claiborne, G Ron Leary, QB Kellen Moore, RB Darren McFadden, RB Lance Dunbar, WR Terrance Williams, S J.J.

NFL teams, including Panthers, get jump start on franchise tags

Le'Veon Bell, Chandler Jones, Melvin Ingram and Kawann Short didn't have to wait until Wednesday's deadline to get franchise tagged. And a person with knowledge of the details said the New York Giants have told defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul that he, too, will get the franchise tag. The person with direct knowledge of the move spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants didn't announce the decision.

Panthers use franchise tag on DT Short; re-sign DE Horton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers are looking to keep their defensive line intact. Carolina applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to defensive tackle Kawann Short on Monday and re-signed defensive end Wes Horton to a two-year contract. The moves come one day after the Panthers signed defensive end Mario Addison to a three-year contract. Short would make an estimated $14.77 million if he signs the one-year tender.

Panthers re-sign Mario Addison to 3-year contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have re-signed defensive end Mario Addison to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not available Sunday night. Addison had a career-high 9 1/2 sacks last season for the Panthers, including eight in the final nine games. Addison was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Lions sign offensive tackle Pierce Burton

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have signed offensive tackle Pierce Burton. Detroit made the move Thursday. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Burton was on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad last year. The former Mississippi standout was on practice squads in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. He was an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014 with the Minnesota Vikings. ___ For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.