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6-10, 4th in NFC South
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers made it official, they have signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert to a one-year contract. Gilbert, a former sixth-round pick by the Rams in 2014, was added to provide depth behind Derek Anderson and Joe Webb while starter Cam Newton recovers from shoulder surgery scheduled for March 30. Gilbert finished the 2016 season on the Raiders' practice squad.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan WR Jehu Chesson had dinner with the Panthers last night. He ate with the team's receivers coach.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said defensive tackle Kawann Short still hasn't signed the franchise tag tender, but he expects that to happen soon. It probably will happen before OTAs begin. Not an immediate fear this will turn into a situation like Josh Norman a year ago. Norman never signed and the tag was rescinded.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman on signing running back Jonathan Stewart, 30, to an extension through 2018: "He can still flat play. He's like a fine wine right now. It has nothing to do with cap relief." Gettleman also still will take a back in the draft. Didn't rule out first round at No. 8.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said the team will pick up wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin's fifth year option for 2018. No surprise.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said tackle Michael Oher remains in the concussion protocol. When I asked him about his level of concern regarding Oher being ready for the season, he said: "Michael is doing NFL workouts. His workouts are not for the feint of heart."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This what Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart told the team website about Carolina adding a running back in the draft: "I mean, it's a good thing. You always want fresh legs. Fresh legs mean a lot, especially in the fourth quarter. Having somebody potentially come in here … there are a lot of good running backs in this draft class, a lot of talent. Definitely open arms to get somebody in here that wants to win and understands that. We're better as a fist than we are as an open hand."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers signed running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. Stewart is now under contract through the 2018 season. This shows the Panthers believe at 30 Stewart still can be productive. General manager Dave Gettleman already has said Carolina will draft a running back at some point this year. Much speculation has the Panthers taking LSU's Leonard Fournette at No. 8.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Several pictures are on Twitter of Panthers coach Ron Rivera at Stanford Pro Day, where two possibilities (defensive end Solomon Thomas and running back Christian McCaffrey) for the No. 8 pick are going through drills for NFL teams. Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane also is there. Thomas likely will be gone before 8, and McCaffrey may be a reach taking him ahead of LSU's Leonard Fournette. But each would fill a big need for the Panthers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me USF wide receiver Rodney Adams had a private workout with the Panthers today. He also has a visit scheduled with the Vikings in two weeks and has meetings/workouts scheduled with the Jaguars, Patriots and 49ers.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Dr. Bruce Darden from OrthoCarolina performed microdisectomy back surgery on Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson on Tuesday and, according to team officials, everything went as expected. Dr. Pat Connor from OrthoCarolina performed knee surgery on Damiere Byrd on Thursday and everything also went as expected. Both are expected to be ready for training camp but not offseason workouts. It will be interesting to see how Johnson's situation impacts Carolina in terms of drafting an end. With Johnson set to turn 31 in July and Julius Peppers, 37, at the other end spot a younger, long-term solution is needed.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th