Cam Newton now has some serious weapons.
In 2016, Carolina sputtered on both sides of the ball. On offense, the team’s running and passing games struggled and management committed itself to improving their personnel.
The Panthers signed a young, hungry wide receiver who is poised for a breakout year when it picked up Russell Shepard on a 3 year, $10.5 million contract. Shepard spent three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he steadily improved into a quality possession receiver.
Per a source, here are the terms for Russell Shepard, now with the Panthers: It’s a three-year deal worth $10.5… https://t.co/kBOSJXQ3VP
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Last season, Shepard caught 23 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. He’s 26 years old and in his 4th season out of LSU. He’s a highly intelligent wide receiver, having played quarterback in college. He was signed undrafted out of college by the Philadelphia Eagles, and was picked up by the Bucs when Philly released him. He’s only got $2.5 million of his contract guaranteed, but he seems ready to have an 800+ yard season after thoroughly learning how to be an NFL pass catcher. He’s also going from an erratic quarterback to Cam Newton whose throws are always more on target.
Is Shepard a big pickup, or are you annoyed Carolina is sitting out free agency again with only small signings?