Panthers bid farewell to Richardson, fans speculate on what's next

The Carolina Panthers are now officially for sale. The team’s owner Jerry Richardson had said he would start considering bids to buy the team once the season was over. The Panthers’ season ended Sunday night with a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

“It’s always disheartening when the team loses in such a close fashion. The first half you had kind of written it off,” Panthers fan Sean Bragg said.

“Knowing we really had a chance to win the game, to me in my opinion, that determined the outcome of the game and to me, it was just disappointing to see our season end like that,” said Panthers fan James Walker.

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It’s the end of the season and the end of an era for the Carolina Panthers.

The team posted pictures on Instagram of Panthers players Julius Peppers, Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen hugging team owner Jerry Richardson after the team’s playoff loss Sunday to the Saints.

Richardson is stepping down and selling the team amid allegations that he sexually harassed women and used a racial slur.

One person commented on Instagram “You know this man is wrong. He isn’t selling his team because he feels it’s time.”

Another person commenting “Thank you, Jerry. There is not a more classy franchise than the one you created in the Carolinas.”

“I don’t have any feelings other than curiosity in terms of the future of the team from an ownership standpoint,” Bragg said.

Who will the next Panthers majority owner be, and will the team stay in the Queen City?

“I do think they’ll stay in Charlotte. This is where their namesake is, this is where their stadium is and this is where their big fans are, so yeah, I can’t imagine moving,” Panthers fan Lea Land said.

Richardson said he would begin considering offers once the season was over.

The only group we know for sure that plans to place a bid is one headed up by minority owner Felix Sabates who wants a new, bigger stadium.

The fans just want to make it back to the Super Bowl and get a win for the first time.

Panthers fan Jose Solache said, “It’d be a good thing for the city because I know we want a Championship.”