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Fox007

2009 Salary Cap

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Does anyone know how we stand as far as salary cap space for next season?

Or have a link to a good site to find information like this.

They showed a thing about it during one of these playoff games, and i saw we weren't near the top or bottom, so I know were obviously somewhere in the middle.

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I know that they are saying the cap number will be $123,000,000.00. I am pretty sure that we will be fine.

Especially since Pep is going to take a pay cut from what he is making this year. I don't see us signing him to a contract that pays 15 mil annually, at least I hope thats not what it takes.

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Why would Pep be taking a pay cut?

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Hard to say right now.

Bonus $$ made for making the playoffs for players will count against next year's cap. And won't know the amount of bonus until the Panthers' season is actually over.

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Its not a pay cut, but all contracts are back loaded with more money per yr towards the end because contracts arent binding basically. This is the last year of a deal for him so he is making more then in years past. It wont be a pay cut over the contract just less in the first year of the new contract then the last year of the previous. Hopefully anyways

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Because he is counting almost 15 million against the cap this year. Any contract that he signs will probably pay in the 10 million a year range at best, I hope, never really know.

So in a sense, it will be a reduction in salary.

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Hard to say right now.

Bonus $$ made for making the playoffs for players will count against next year's cap. And won't know the amount of bonus until the Panthers' season is actually over.

Ahh, I didn't realize that. The other stuff about Peppers makes sense.

So how about the two first rounders then?

Will us not having a first rounder this year help, since the money from the two first rounders won't hit hard until a few years?

Or not be too much of a factor?

I bet our cap space will suck that year when both Otah and Stewart's contracts are in their last year.(unless we have no cap at that time)

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It all just depends. The first round pick wouldn't have broke us anyways since it will be the 28th selection at worst.

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We have nothing to worry about. There'll be a few more millions freed up with cuts that come every offseason, plus we've got to re-sign Pep and that should free up 2-3 million, quite easily even at a record contract.

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