Son of Panthers owner dies at 53

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks to some players during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) Show caption
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks to some players during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jon Richardson, the oldest son of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and the former president of the team’s stadium, has died.

The Panthers said Jon Richardson died Tuesday following a lengthy fight against cancer. He was 53.

In a statement, the team called Richardson “a great friend of many people throughout the organization” and said he played “an integral role in the history of the Panthers” in the construction of Bank of America Stadium.

Richardson was president of Panthers Stadium LLC from its inception in 1994 until his resignation in 2009.

He played college football at North Carolina in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Skins want lawsuit tossed

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former NFL player’s lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.

Linebacker Barrett Green said he was targeted by the Redskins during a game on Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. Green, who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants, filed his lawsuit against the team and others earlier this year.

The team said in a response filed Friday in federal court in Maryland that Green’s claims are “utterly baseless.” Lawyers for the team wrote that even if the claims were true, Green’s lawsuit is pre-empted by an NFL collective bargaining agreement and comes too late.

Packers enjoy record year

MADISON, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have put together another record financial year.

Team officials announced Tuesday they took in a record $308.1 million in total revenue over the last fiscal year, up 2 percent from 2012. The team also generated a record $54.3 million in profit, up 26.4 percent, and a record $43.1 million in net income.

The Packers also cut their expenses by 2 percent, from $259 million in 2012 to $253.8 million.

Team President Mark Murphy said a $19 million reduction in player costs played a huge role in shrinking expenses.

Murphy said the team’s numbers didn’t include the big contract extensions quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews signed in April. Those deals will count toward next year’s figures.

TE Cooley headed to booth

ASHBURN, Va. — Longtime Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will work on the team’s radio broadcasts.

The Redskins Radio Network announced Tuesday that Cooley will provide analysis starting with the first preseason game next month.

Cooley has not formally announced his retirement as a player, but he was not expected to return after nine seasons with the Redskins.

Cooley was a third-round draft pick in 2004. He didn’t miss a game during his first five seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, but injuries began to limit his production. He was eventually passed on the depth chart by Fred Davis.

Cooley was released after training camp last year, then was re-signed after Davis was injured.

Cooley has 429 career catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns.