The Carolina Panthers cut the face of the franchise, Steve Smith, and let the only other three wide receivers on the roster that caught a pass last season leave as free agents. Tight end Greg Olsen is the only proven receiver returning from last season’s squad. Olsen should be Cam Newton’s favorite target this season.
The Bears forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, but the Carolina Panthers spoiled Marc Trestman’s NFL head coaching debut by beating Chicago 24-17 Friday night.
Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has been fined $7,500 for grabbing the face mask of a Carolina Panthers receiver in the game last week, according to a published report.