NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Derek Carr, Saints



  • NBC Sports’ Peter King says Panthers owner Dave Tepper has made it clear internally he wants the team to draft a long-term solution at quarterback this year. It’s possible the Panthers might be willing to pay the Bears’ asking price to move up to No. 1, which would include at least two future first-round picks. 
  • King adds that while Carolina is viewed as an overpay candidate, it’s still possible for cooler heads in the building to prevail.  
  • The Athletic’s Joe Person writes his sense is the Panthers like Florida QB Anthony Richardson‘s raw talent but not enough to use a high pick on him. There was some buzz that Carolina would be willing to trade up to No. 3 with the Cardinals. 
  • Person mentions the Panthers refuted a report that they reached out to the Packers about QB Aaron Rodgers, even in an exploratory sense. 
  • In addition to preliminary talks about re-signing QB Sam Darnold, Person says Browns QB Jacoby Brissett is viewed as an obvious potential bridge starter given his history with HC Frank Reich.
  • He adds 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is a potential option but there are concerns about his injury history. Person has heard Garoppolo is supposedly asking for $25 million a year. 
  • Panthers QB Matt Corral, who is recovering from a preseason Lisfranc injury that ended his season, might not be ready for the start of OTAs, per Person. 
  • According to Person, the Panthers gave DC Ejiro Evero a three-year, $9.3 million deal, which puts him inside the top ten for defensive coordinators. 
  • As far as potential free agent targets, Person mentions Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman is someone the Panthers have shown interest in. 


  • Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has the full contract details for new Saints QB Derek Carr‘s four-year, $150 million deal. Carr is due a $28.5 million signing bonus and base salaries of $1.5 million, $30 million, $30 million, and $50 million. 
  • Carr’s 2023 and 2024 base salaries are fully guaranteed and his 2025 base salary is guaranteed for injury. He has a $10 million roster bonus in 2025 that is guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed in 2024, and his 2025 base salary also vests to a full guarantee in 2025. 

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