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Charles Tillman offered Panthers endorsement of Jared Allen

Charles Tillman offered Panthers endorsement of Jared Allen

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted he wondered what would happen with Jared Allen as early as February.

He knew it was unlikely Greg Hardy would return and like any coach, he’s always in search of help rushing the passer. Rivera and the Panthers turned to Allen on Monday after defensive end Charles Johnson was lost Sunday to a hamstring injury that could sideline him for several weeks.

The Panthers acquired Allen from the Bears for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016 and avoided having to invest heavily in him financially. The Bears paid Allen an $11.5 million signing bonus this spring and his base salary is only $1 million, meaning the Panthers inherit about...

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