Panthers sign two veterans to address offensive line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have announced they have signed guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews, giving Carolina some experienced depth on the offensive line heading into training camp.


Velasco has NFL experience, starting 11 games at center for Pittsburgh last season before suffering an Achilles injury. Velasco signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie and spent his first two season on the practice squad. He moved into a starting role in 2012, starting 13 games at center and three at guard.


Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews. Also an undrafted rookie, he played in 14 games in 2012 but was cut last year in training camp by Washington.


To make room on the roster Carolina waived center Jared Wheeler and linebacker Billy Boyko.


Panthers not asking Charlotte for more money

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A spokesman with the Carolinas Panthers says there are no plans to ask for more money to make improvements at the team’s stadium.


The Charlotte Observer reported the team has finished the first round of renovations at Bank of America Stadium. Most of the work so far has been paid with tax dollars.


Panthers’ spokesman Charlie Drayton says there are no plans to ask Charlotte for more tax dollars.


Charlotte City Council approved nearly $88 million for the team last year. That deal keeps the Panthers in Charlotte through the 2018 season. The agreement says if the city pays another $50 million, the Panthers might extend their agreement to stay for another four years.


The deadline on whether to pay the extra money is Aug. 1, 2015.