Ryan Kalil believes the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl this season – and he put his money where his mouth is to prove it.
The Panthers three-time Pro Bowl center took out a full page advertisement in the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday boldly declaring fans will be rewarded for their unwavering support with a “one hundred-percent, sterling silver victory – the Lombardi Trophy. And it reads: Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl XLVII champions.”
That’s a bold prediction, particularly for a team coming off a 6-10 season that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2005.
But Kalil believes in his teammates.
In the 178-word letter to fans Kalil said something special is happening in Carolina.
“There is a sense of urgency, a winning attitude that I haven’t seen before,” Kalil wrote. “Fans will see it in the way that we play.”
STEELERS: Restricted free agent Mike Wallace’s training-camp holdout became official when he did not arrive by 3 p.m. to move into his dorm room and take part in coach Mike Tomlin’s conditioning test.
Wallace, a starter in the Pro Bowl last season, was offered a one-year, $2.7 million tender by Pittsburgh.
He has not signed it and did not take part in any of the Steelers’ offseason workouts or minicamp.
BENGALS: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who was selected in the first round by the Bengals, is expected to miss up to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his knee during a workout earlier this month.
SEAHAWKS: Have locked up center Max Unger beyond the 2012 season after signing the anchor of Seattle’s offensive line to a multi-year extension.
PACKERS: Have released veteran safety Charlie Peprah a day before their first training camp practice, apparently over concern about a lingering knee injury.
LIONS: Have signed former New York Jets cornerback Justin Miller as they try to fill a position weakened by their dismissal of the legally challenged Aaron Berry and the loss to injury of Chris Greenwood.