The decision to draft Hurst over Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley was agonizing, DeCosta acknowledged.

The draft has always been the lifeblood of NFL teams. Overall, it’s an exciting time for all franchises; a time of optimism. But it’s also stressful.

After approaching Coach Fuller with the findings of an investigation into complaints of inappropriate conduct, we accepted his resignation, team spokesperson Steven Drummond said in a statement to NFL.com. The Panthers are deeply committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally.

Fuller, who joined the Panthers in 2013 as a coaching assistant, officially resigned Wednesday.

Majority owner Jerry Richardson announced he was selling the team in December after the league took over an investigation looking into allegations of workplace misconduct against him. The Panthers went up for sale following the team’s wild-card loss last month.

Richardson, the franchise founder, ceded day-to-day control of the team in December to Tina Becker, a 20-year employee of the team who was promoted to chief operating officer. Richardson, 81, remains under NFL investigation.

The Seahawks waived Avril with a failed physical designation, the team announced Friday.

Four games into his 10th NFL season, Avril suffered a career-threatening neck injury last October. The severity of the injury led Carroll to concede that the veteran pass rusher will have a hard time playing football again.

That said, Avril has told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche that he intends to play in 2018. Last we heard from the 32-year-old in March, he acknowledged that his career remains up in the air.

I just want to do what’s right for me from the standpoint of after football and how that would affect it, Avril said on NFL Network’s NFL Up to the Minute. If the doctor comes back and says ‘things aren’t healing right,’ or even if things are healing right, ‘one hit could mess you up’ or whatever, then that’s an easy decision. But right now, in my head, I definitely want to start training and doing things like I am going to play.giants_154

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