After spending the past 2 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, 33-year old veteran and 2-time Pro Bowl safety Roman Harper returned the New Orleans Saints, where he had spent the first 8 years of his NFL career.
It’s safe to say that Harper has his former team, the Panthers, circled on his calendar for the upcoming season.
“I can’t wait to go against these guys,” Harper told WCNC in Charlotte. “You know the trash talk is going to be at an all-time high. And may the best team win. It’s going to all be in great fun and competition and that’s what we do…
“The trash talk has already started,” Harper said. “It’s never really a dull day. We all still talk. I’m so glad I got to meet those guys. We’re a tight-knight group.”
Harper’s proclamation doesn’t stem from bad blood as he and the Panthers parted ways on good terms. Harper is probably just showing his competitive fire and demonstrating a chip on his shoulder that has likely contributed to his NFL longevity.
Nevertheless it will be interesting to see Harper square off against his former teammates, especially now that the matchup has been ramped up by a little trash talk.
Ex-Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Fined $2.75 Million
Per the announcement, most of the funds from the fine will be used to support “organizations dedicated to addressing race and gender-based issues in and outside of the workplace.”
Richardson owned the Panthers from the time of their inception up until their sale earlier this year. The 81-year old announced his intention to sell the team following the scathing report from Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Werthem and Viv Bernstein exposed sexual harassment and racism allegations against Richardson.
Panthers’ Torrey Smith Said NFL ‘dropped the ball’ With New Anthem Policy
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith is not a fan of the leagues new rule that requires players to either stand during the national anthem or stay in the locker room, saying that the league has “dropped the ball”.
Smith believes that the new policy could have a negative impact as he believes that it can lead to more problems and more protests.
“When you see reactive policy … I always think that’s a problem,” Smith said on Tuesday, according to ESPN. “Especially when the message has been changed and guys aren’t against the military and they’ve been protesting for what [Colin] Kaepernick originally started, against [police] brutality.
“It almost makes it seem like a guy like Kaepernick and Eric Reid and guys who started it originally, like what they did was in vain, like they were villains. That’s not the case.”
“You’re disappointed but not surprised,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, the league is about money, it’s a business. To try to silence those guys when they’re trying to do the right thing for our country, I don’t know what to say about it.
“It could stir things up, which is a problem. Because you’re stirring things up because you’re being told to be quiet, when it could have been done together to figure out what we can do to move forward and what would be best for the players.”
David Tepper Expected To Sign Purchase Deal For Panthers
Current Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper is exepcted to to sign a purchase deal that will make him the new owner of the Carolina Panthers, a move that have been rumored for some time, according to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Adam Schefter.
The report indicates that the total sale price for the Panthers franchise will be $2.2 billion which will set a record for the highest sale price for an NFL team, surpassing the $1.4 billion pricetag that the Buffalo Bills were sold for back in 2014.
The deal would be expected to be approved at the owners meetings in Atlanta on May 22, and will need approval from the NFL financial committee and then three-fourths approval from the 32 owners to finalize.
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