The Panthers will have a new owner sooner than later.

Steelers minority owner David Tepper has finalized a deal to purchase the team, the Panthers announced early Wednesday.

In order for Tepper to take ownership of the Panthers, he must sell his stake with the Steelers. But since he is already approved by the NFL as a part owner, the process for him to take over should be smooth.

The team was put up for sale in December after Richardson was accused of workplace harassment and racism.

Richardson agreed to step aside, and one reason he honed in on Tepper is because Tepper reportedly wants to keep the Panthers in Charlotte and his approval as team owner will materialize much faster than other candidates.

Because the injury occurred so early in the season, Rapoport explained, Johnson was able to train even harder than normal. The fourth-year dual-purpose threat has renewed his goal of joining former 49ers star Roger Craig and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as the only players in history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.

He’s off to a promising start in spring practices, making a strong first impression on Wilks.

He looked outstanding today, Wilks told reporters Tuesday. It’s good to have him back out there. Just flying around and the things that he’s doing right now is pretty exciting.

Operating behind a solid offensive line in 2016, Johnson fell 121 receiving yards shy of the 1,000/1,000 club. After injuries ravaged the blocking unit last season, Wilks now believes his revamped front line is the strength of the team.
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