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The Panthers guaranteed Jonathan Stewart's $1.5 million base salary for 2014 when they reworked his contract in the 2013 offseason.

The base salary is only $1.5 million, however, and Stewart's $6.875 million option bonus doesn't appear to be guaranteed. $2.5 million of his $4.25 million salary in 2015 is additionally guaranteed. The bottom line for GM Dave Gettleman will be that Stewart is owed $8.375 million in 2014 salary and bonuses, and he isn't worth half that much at this stage of his career. He'll almost certainly have to accept a pay cut to stay in Carolina.

 

 

Per rotoworld...

 

His contract was reworked last offseason and $6.875m no longer guaranteed.  If we cut him, we'll get hit with only $1.5m this year and $2.5m next year.  Stewart is a goner... Gettlemagic.

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Why in the holy hell wouldn't we bring back Anderson? He's a good backup QB. Works well with Cam. Is OK in spot duty.

 

Also, bring back:

 

Ginn

Mitchell

Gano

Gross

Munnerlyn

Hartsock or Brockel

Cole

And maybe LaFell and Bell. Don't be shocked if they're here again, but not in starting roles. I've thought for months that Ginn should be the No. 2 receiver.

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Derek Anderson QB UFA Panthers TBD --

Colin Cole DT UFA Panthers TBD -- I'm curious if he commands a nice deal on the market

Graham Gano K UFA Panthers TBD --

Ted Ginn Jr. WR UFA Panthers TBD --
Jordan Gross LT, T UFA Panthers TBD --
Captain Munnerlyn CB UFA Panthers TBD --
Richie Brockel FB RFA Panthers TBD --
Ben Hartsock TE UFA Panthers TBD --
Mike Mitchell S UFA Panthers TBD--
 
 
Jeff Byers C RFA Panthers TBD -- This guy is a total JAG we should do better
Greg Hardy DE UFA Panthers TBD --
Brandon LaFell WR RFA Panthers TBD -- have to bring Lafell back if he is affordable
Quintin Mikell S UFA Panthers TBD -- We can probably do better than this guy
Chris Scott G RFA Panthers TBD --
Jordan Senn OLB, LB UFA Panthers TBD --
Travelle Wharton G UFA Panthers TBD -- only if injuries mount in camp
 
 
Bruce Campbell RT, T UFA Panthers TBD --
Jimmy Clausen QB UFA Panthers TBD --
James Dockery CB UFA Panthers TBD --
Armanti Edwards WR RFA Panthers TBD --
Brian Folkerts C ERFA Panthers TBD --
Darvin Adams WR RFA Panthers TBD --
D.J. Moore CB UFA Panthers TBD --
Jon Beason OLB, LB UFA Panthers TBD --
Garry Williams G RFA Panthers TBD --
Byron Bell RT, T RFA Panthers TBD -- Byron Bell should come back at a low cap figure. We've proven we can win with him. He costs peanuts. At least he is a backup.
Domenik Hixon WR UFA Panthers TBD --

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I want both our safeties back, they were great this year

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Bell isn't gone if he's a RFA.

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Derek Anderson QB UFA Panthers TBD --  1-2 Year deal

Colin Cole DT UFA Panthers TBD --  1-2 year deal

Graham Gano K UFA Panthers TBD -- long term 4-5 year deal

Ted Ginn Jr. WR UFA Panthers TBD -- I'd offer him 2 years at 1 - 2 mil a year
Jordan Gross LT, T UFA Panthers TBD -- Get the feeling he'd like to play for another season or two.  Should be good value.  2 year deal
Captain Munnerlyn CB UFA Panthers TBD -- I'd like to re-sign him but he is wanting big money.  We will only sign if he takes a low $ for 2 year.
Richie Brockel FB RFA Panthers TBD --   Cut
Ben Hartsock TE UFA Panthers TBD -- Vet min, 1 -2 year deal
Mike Mitchell S UFA Panthers TBD-- Think he earned a decent contract.  3 years 
 
 
Jeff Byers C RFA Panthers TBD --  Extend for cheap or cut.
Greg Hardy DE UFA Panthers TBD -- Franchise tag
Brandon LaFell WR RFA Panthers TBD -- Take him back only for very little $.  2 year deal
Quintin Mikell S UFA Panthers TBD -- Think he earned another contract if he'll play for 1 year.  Don't think his body holds up for 2 more.  
Chris Scott G RFA Panthers TBD -- Good depth, i'd sign him for backup $ 
Jordan Senn OLB, LB UFA Panthers TBD -- Good ST player, keep if possible.  
Travelle Wharton G UFA Panthers TBD -- Same as Gross. I think he wants to play but doubt he will leave Carolina again. 1-2 year.
 
 
Bruce Campbell RT, T UFA Panthers TBD -- CUT
James Dockery CB UFA Panthers TBD -- CUT
Brian Folkerts C ERFA Panthers TBD -- CUT
Darvin Adams WR RFA Panthers TBD -- CUT
Garry Williams G RFA Panthers TBD -- CUT
Byron Bell RT, T RFA Panthers TBD -- CUT
Domenik Hixon WR UFA Panthers TBD -- CUT

 

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I'm curious to see what they can do if anything about the dead weight contracts, I'm personally all for keeping Hardy if at all possible and see what happens with Cam.  Cam is still under contract and we can tag him for 2 more years on top of that meaning he's here at least 3 more years one way or another but it would be smart to sign him now with an heavy incentive based contract and save money in the long term.

 

Hardy we would have to either Tag or Sign big now plus tag. money is there to do this if not for 3 of our dead money contract so I'm curious how much of those we can dump or designate as a june 1st cut.

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Per rotoworld...

 

His contract was reworked last offseason and $6.875m no longer guaranteed.  If we cut him, we'll get hit with only $1.5m this year and $2.5m next year.  Stewart is a goner... Gettlemagic.

 

If this is true it would be huge. I have my doubts though because other sites indicate he is still owed a ton of guaranteed money (something like $19 million).

 

Let's hope Rotoworld is correct.

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I wish someone would take J-Stew off our hands. I would like to keep DeAngelo though. Cut Godfrey, resign Ginn, Captain, Mitchell and Mikell.

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If Hardy wont give us a discount, we can find someone adequate for a much better price. Sorry, I no longer care about names, memories, personalities. I want W's and overpaying one person or another is counterproductive...

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IDK if I'm just sentimental after this year, but I love our team. I'd keep all those in bold, plus LaFell and Hardy (if doesn't blow our budget). I like GH's attitude but he goes missing some big games.

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i'd like to keep hixon as a back-up

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Gross is the key person the panthers need to resign. I am shocked that he is so overlooked and undervalued. He has been a probowl/borderline probowl player in the 10+ years he has been on this team. Plus I dont understand all these comments about moving him to RT; he is still one of the best at the LT position. Do you really think a kid out of college can beat out Gross for his spot? Just look at luke jockel and eric fisher from last year (top 2 picks) they had a very average year and struggled. 

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Way to early Roster for next Season

 

QB-Newton,Anderson

RB-WIlliams,Stewart,Barner

FB-Tolbert

WR- Rd1 Pick, Smitty, Rd4 Pick, Ginn, King

T-Gross, Rd3 Pick, FA, Bond, Hangman

C-Kalil, FA

G-Amini, Wharton, Kubliga, Chandler

TE-Olsen, Rd 5 Pick, Hartstock

 

DE-Hardy, CJ, Addison, Horton, Alexander

DT-Star, KK, Cole, Edwards

OLB-TD, Blackburn, Klien, Senn, Williams

MLB-Keek, Connor

CB-Rd2 Pick, White, Munnerlyn, Florence, FA

SS-Mikell, Lester or Rd7 Pick

FS-Mitchell, Jones

 

K-Gano

P-Nortman

Draft-WR,CB,OT,WR,TE,CB,S

 

I personally don't think OL is as big of an issue as most think, as long as we resign Gross. A line of Gross, Wharton, Kalil, Amini, plus either a mid round pick or mid level FA signing is more than enough. I think we should let our young linemen develop more and than address it harder next offseason. I think the bigger issue is getting Cam more weapons. He could have the best OL in football but if he has no one to throw to it won't matter. 

 

 

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If memory serves correct, we are due a draft pick from the Giants for the Beason deal.  Nicks knows Gettleman and wants to come back closer to home.

If the Giants could work a sign and trade to get their pick back, then Nicks could come to Carolina and not cost us big bucks.  We then could let Lafell go and draft a WR.  We resign Ginn for special teams and back-up for Smitty.  Resign Hixon if cheap allowing us to go for O-line.  Draft for OT on the right side and groom for LT to replace Gross when he retires.  The rest of the draft goes to defensive backs.  I believe Gettleman will improve our team with this his second draft.  I would let Cam play next year on his current contract and see if he can improve.  If he does, pay the man what he is worth. You see what Manning has done for the Broncos.

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IDK if I'm just sentimental after this year, but I love our team. I'd keep all those in bold, plus LaFell and Hardy (if doesn't blow our budget). I like GH's attitude but he goes missing some big games.

I'm going to go ahead and kill this misconception about hady right here and now, as far as playoff seeding goes in the regular season he had his two biggest games when we needed him most, in the Saints and Atlanta game he combined for 7 sacks and countless pressures we would have been a wild card spot without him, he clearly changed the atlanta game especially.

 

I know he wasn't much there for the 49'ers part two but he clearly from reports wasn't 100% for the game in which he was lined up against two pro bowlers if there is a game I'd be willing to give him a pass in all things considered it's that one.

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UNRESTRICTED (21)

WR Domenik Hixon

WR Brandon LaFell

WR Ted Ginn Jr.

QB Derek Anderson

QB Jimmy Clausen *

TE Ben Hartsock

OL Jordan Gross (contract automatically voids if on roster Feb. 7)

OL Geoff Hangartner

OL Travelle Wharton

OL Garry Williams *

OL Bruce Campbell *

DE Greg Hardy

DT Colin Cole

LB Jordan Senn

LB Jason Williams

LB Dan Connor

S Quintin Mikell

S Mike Mitchell                                             

CB Captain Munnerlyn

CB Drayton Florence

K Graham Gano

Restricted (3)

TE Richie Brockel

CB James Dockery *

OL Byron Bell

*-denotes player who ended season on injured reserve

http://blogs.charlotte.com/panthers/2014/01/panthers-have-21-players-eligible-for-free-agency.html

 

It's a long list but look at it closely: most of these guys are at the end of their careers and/or easily replaceable. Hardy, Gross, Ginn, Mitchell and Munnerlyn are the only ones that Gettleman sees as must re-sign. 

Everyone will be talking about Hakeem Nicks this off-season but the more realistic option will be adding another receiving TE. Keep an eye out for guys like Dennis Pitta or Ed Dickson from the Ravens. 

 

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Yup. Cutting Stewart would accelerate 19 mil in dead money. His cap hit is only 6 mil.
Cutting Williams would accelerate 9.6 mil in dead money. His cap hit is also 6 mil. Godfrey would have 2 mil in dead money, his cap hit is 7.1 mil which saves us 5.1 mil.

To sum it up, Stewart will absolutely, positively not be cut. No way around it.
Williams is very, very unlikely. Even as a June 1st cut we'd only be saving 1.3 mil AND we carry over 4.7 mil in dead money towards 2015. Saving just over a million for Williams isn't worth it an likely won't be done.
Godfrey is most likely a cap casualty. No chance in hell he gets that 7.1 mil. He will either take a significant pay cut, or he will simply be replaced by the addition of our newer safeties who have performed quite well. I would say he's gone.


I used a cap calculator today and it showed that making Stewart a June 1st cut would have zero cap impact.

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Anyone know how much in dead money we will be bringing into this off-season with us? I am not sure we are as under the cap as much as most in here seem to think. I thought I remember reading somewhere that we have quite a few million in dead cap space rolling into this off-season. Could be wrong. 

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Per rotoworld...

 

His contract was reworked last offseason and $6.875m no longer guaranteed.  If we cut him, we'll get hit with only $1.5m this year and $2.5m next year.  Stewart is a goner... Gettlemagic.

 

Can someone please confirm this. i would sleep so good tonight if this was true

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Is anyone an ESPN Insider member?

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/mike-sando/post/_/id/6473/how-panthers-can-take-the-next-step


Loved the first line

"Cam Newton needs more offensive weapons to throw to in Carolina."

If ESPN can even see this why can't people on this board see it. I see people already making excuses as to why we should hold off on addressing the need at WR.
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I think we need to do everything in our power to bring back Hardy and Mitchell. I'm pretty sure the front office is going to figure out rather early on if we're going to be able to keep Hardy or not, because our whole off-season plan probably revolves around him. Plan A) How much we figure we have to spend with Hardy signed and who that might be. Plan B) How much we have to spend with Hardy gone on the targets we've set sights on.

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Players we cannot lose

 

Hardy

Hartstock

Gross

Mitchell

Munnerlyn

 

Everyone else is expendable, but that doesnt mean i dont want them.

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Loved the first line

"Cam Newton needs more offensive weapons to throw to in Carolina."

If ESPN can even see this why can't people on this board see it. I see people already making excuses as to why we should hold off on addressing the need at WR.

 

Singing Jeremy Maclin from the Eagles would be a good start.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12579/jeremy-maclin

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