I am not going to disagree with you, but will ask you to PUT UP OR SHUT UP. Let's see your numbers, and be specific. I've been using the USAToday salary information, and a few other more dubious sources as well where the figures only seemed correct to me. But this has been a matter of interest of mine for a long time, so I do care enough to correct any misperceptions I may have.
Extensions to Beason, Kalil and Johnson will whack a huge amount on our cap, considering all were still on their rookie deals.
Any attempt to bring back Anderson, or TD will also come with a few $$$ attached. Whilst we may well be below the cap now, we won't be almost certainly once the dust settles on new contracts. Add in a #1 overall draft pick, the rest of the draft class and presumably a few free agents (not nec high priced...) and you quickly see that you are wildly off base.
The vibes being given off are nothing to do with finances, so I think you have missed the point here. What is being suggested is that Smith might well want to move on, or at least expect too much too soon from this team.
While I know there is a margin of error for each player's salary that I think I know, and another margin of error regarding what the cap will be when it returns, I've arrived at ballpark figures that I think are heavily stacked in favor of us making roster additions.
So let's hear it. Put up some numbers that total up the way you;ve illustrated (that the Panthers won't have much money under the 2011 cap to spend on new talent other than picks) , and if I disagree then you'll hear it soon enough.