Panthers sale appears to be down to two bidders

The sale of the Panthers appears to be in the final stretches, and one bidder presumed to be a favorite is reportedly out.

According to Ken Belson of the New York Times, Steelers minority owner David Tepper is out of the bidding to buy the team from Jerry Richardson.

Since Tepper had already been approved to join the club, his bid would have been fast-tracked by other owners if his was the bid chosen by Richardson. But recent reports suggested he wasn’t prepared to be the high bidder, or to approach others.

Roseman has successfully tapped into free agency to sign a couple Pro Bowlers — safety Malcolm Jenkins in 2014 and guard Brandon Brooks in 2016 — plus leading tackler Nigel Bradham at linebacker in 2016. Foles also was brought back in ’16.

Roseman also acquired talented receiver Alshon Jeffery last season in free agency. He then worked the trade market for a top corner in Ronald Darby and a good running back in Jay Ajayi.

In Humboldt, the Chiefs joined thousands more who gathered in the Broncos’ 1,854-seat home arena. Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was in attendance. Chiefs players wore their blue and yellow jerseys and sat together in the stands. During the ceremony, some of the players cried. Others smiled, which Ditto says was as much catharsis as it was a step forward in the healing process.

The Delisle team will meet on Monday for the first time since the tragedy. “Our league is based out of Saskatchewan, just like they are, and we go to the same lengths they do,” Ditto said. “We know the roads they travel very well. I know that exact intersection [where the accident] happened.”

Ditto is dreading the idea of boarding a bus again. He knows how heart-wrenching it will be for him and his players. But at the same time, he will remind his team that, despite the tragedy, “the bus is still a safe way to travel. We need to keep reiterating that.”

There’s another thing Ditto wants his team to remember.

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