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Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has made it clear — with his words and his actions — that money will not be an object as he tries to turn his record $2.2 billion investment into a winning organization.

Not only did Tepper sign head coach Matt Rhule to a seven-year, $62 million contract, an unprecedented amount for a first-time NFL head coach, but the second-year owner also told reporters that where Rhule’s needs are concerned in the coming weeks and months, his wallet is wide open.

And that means no options are off the table.

“Imagine what he will be able to do with the resources we are going to give him,” Tepper said after Rhule’s introductory press conference Wednesday.

As Rhule begins to build a staff of assistant coaches and coordinators, league insiders believe he’s essentially been handed a blank checkbook to do so.

That means that Rhule can not only bring in his top defensive coordinator target,...


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