Over 30? Making decent money? Chances are you were cut, traded or allowed to walk via free agency by the Panthers in the offseason. Nine starters from last year are gone, leaving 31-year-old Steve Smith as the oldest position player.
Even the folks left over have little security. Coach John Fox is in the last year of his contract. So is starting quarterback Matt Moore(notes), running back DeAngelo Williams(notes), cornerback Richard Marshall(notes) and numerous other veterans.
“We’ve said it over and over and over again: We made a decision to have young players,” Hurney said Thursday. “You have to make tough decisions. That’s the decision we made. We’ll see if our young players are ready.”
Another theme is small salaries and short-term deals. Fox seemed to part from the company line in May when he said they made the Harris trade because “we’ve got a budget.”
Hurney, whose own deal expired in June, wasn’t willing to go there. But it’s still jarring when you consider the turnover from the 2008 team that went 12-4.
So Hurney is working without a contract. Interesting. This is the first article I've seen that points out what the Panthers have done. Everyone else seems to be avoiding the issue.
We'll see how it goes Saturday night. I hope our offense shows up. I don't like us punting so often .... that's no longer the safe play.