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.
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.
BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots. The jerseys worn by Brady during this year's Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced. Brady's 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots' locker room after the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off an investigation stretching from Boston to the Mexican border.
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.
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.
BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room -- but the mystery isn't over. The NFL said the jersey was found in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media," and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL suspended New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Wednesday without pay for the first two games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Florida last September while he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The decisions by running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to return for their senior seasons left a thin class of Georgia prospects in the NFL draft. That didn't keep Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn from attending Georgia's pro day on Wednesday, along with general manager Thomas Dimitroff, assistant general manager Scott Pioli and 10 more staff members.
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.
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.
PANTHERS-FREE AGENCY-TRADE After Ealy traded to Pats, Peppers returns to Panthers 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.
A person familiar with the deal says the New Orleans Saints have agreed to trade receiver Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots. The Patriots sent their 2017 first-round selection and a third-round pick to New Orleans for Cooks while the Saints will send back a fourth-round pick, said the person who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the deal.
It looks like Mike Glennon has a starting job in the NFL. Robert Griffin III no longer has any job. The Bears finalized their deal with Glennon, the former Tampa Bay quarterback, on Friday, one day after cutting Jay Cutler. Glennon wasn't about to beat out Jameis Winston with the Buccaneers, and he got a three-year contract in Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
DETROIT (AP) -- Rick Wagner is ready for a return to the Midwest. The Detroit Lions signed the talented offensive tackle -- one of four free-agent deals they announced Friday -- and when Wagner took part in a conference call with reporters, he said he felt a connection with blue-collar Detroit. Wagner is from West Allis, Wisconsin, and he played college football at Wisconsin. "I'm a real quiet, laid-back kind of guy.
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-KALIL REUNION Panthers sign OT Matt Kalil from Minnesota Vikings CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent left tackle Matt Kalil from the Minnesota Vikings on a five-year deal worth $55.5 million. Of that, $25 million is guaranteed.
Everyone expected a free agency flurry when the NFL's year began on Thursday. Predicting what happened with Brock Osweiler was beyond anyone's projections. One year after signing a four-year deal with Houston, then losing the starting job to Tom Savage late in the season before returning and winning a playoff game, Osweiler is headed to Cleveland .