Now it’s official.
The Panthers announced the sale of the team to Steelers minority partner David Tepper, setting the stage for his being approved at next week’s owners meetings in Atlanta.
“I look forward to turning the stewardship of the Panthers over to David Tepper. I have enjoyed getting to know him in this process and am confident that he will provide the organization with great leadership in both its football and community initiatives. I wish David and his family the very best as they enter this exciting new phase of their lives.”
The sale might not close until July, but the league was eager to get Tepper into the club on a bigger basis, making him one of the richest in a club of very rich people.
Schneider and Carroll have a tough call to make on Thomas, but the Seahawks are planning for changes at safety regardless. Bradley McDugald stepped in at strong safety for Chancellor last season and played well enough to earn a three-year, $14 million extension, and he can play Thomas’ free safety spot if necessary. Seattle also drafted two safeties last year Delano Hill in the third round and Tedric Thompson in the fourth.
Schneider has admitted the Seahawks must listen Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball to all offers for Thomas; otherwise he would not be doing his job. But the GM also has expressed optimism that Thomas will report to camp and play for Seattle this season.
“Earl is a great, great player,” Schneider said during a radio interview earlier this month. “My sense is that he wants to be here. He has not said he would hold out.”
Carroll also tried to defuse the situation by telling media during last month’s draft, “There’s been a lot of speculation on your guys’ end of this thing. We’ve been counting on Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys Earl being here the whole time.”
Unless the Seahawks get a trade offer for Thomas that’s too good to refuse, it makes sense for them to retain him for at least the 2018 season. His presence would be valuable considering all the top defensive players they already have lost.