For the second time in the organization's history the Carolina Panthers will not be represented at the NFL's annual meetings by owner Jerry Richardson, according to Charlotte Observer's Joe Person. Richardson is expected to miss this week's meetings due to shoulder surgery and will be replaced by team president Danny Morrison.
Richardson, who has been the organization's only owner since 1995, also missed the meetings in 2009 when he was recovering from heart transplant surgery.
As Person notes, this is expected to be a rather quiet week in Boca Raton. The league has officially moved an NFL team to Los Angeles, which happened in January when the owners voted 30-2 to move the Rams there. The Panthers' owner had been an active participant in the relocation committee but favored a plan to move the Chargers north to Carson.
One thing that will be on the agenda is any potential rule changes for the upcoming season. Last week, teams proposed any changes they would like to see made, including the Panthers' proposal to adjust the rule for intentional grounding.
Troy Vincent, who is the NFL Executive Vice President of Operations, was asked recently about the Panthers' proposal and if he understands what the team hopes to expand in the rule.
"I don’t, and I think we’ll wait and see at the meeting when Coach Rivera presents it," Vincent said. "I’m sure there’s some video that he may want us to look at. We visited with Coach Rivera in Indianapolis, because he’s on the coaches’ sub-committee and he came to the meeting, he talked about the proposal. I didn’t see any-he didn’t show us any video, but he submitted the proposal. I think we’ll have to wait until we get to Boca to understand it."