Items of note
Carolina β The Charlotte Business Journal reported that the Panthers and the city of Charlotte have agreed on a new lease that will keep the team in Bank of America Stadium for another 15 years. The deal includes over $300 million in stadium improvements with the Panthers paying 32 percent of the tab ($96.25 million). The rest will be picked up by the city of Charlotte ($143.75 million) and the state of North Carolina ($62.5 million).
New Orleans β An investigation into the 34-minute power failure at the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII blamed the problem on a faulty relay switch according to the power company Entergy New Orleans. It was new equipment installed in hopes of stopping what eventually happened.
Chiefs β signed WR Mardy Gilyard as a street free agent; Gilyard was a fourth-round choice of St. Louis in 2010 out of the University of Cincinnati. In the last 3 seasons he’s been with the Rams, Eagles and Jets.
Coaching & Front Office moves
Dallas β reached agreement with Gary Brown to become RB coach; Brown held the same position in 2012 with the Cleveland Browns.
Jacksonville β hired Terry Richardson as running backs coach; Richardson spent last season in the same position on the staff at the University of Miami (Fl). Hired Mike Rutenberg as assistant defensive backs coach; Rutenberg worked as DBs coach in 2012 on the staff at New Mexico State. Hired Matthew Smiley as assistant special teams coach; Smiley worked on the coaching staff at Charleston Southern University last season.
Pittsburgh β lost WR coach Scottie Montgomery to Duke University where he will be the offensive coordinator.