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The Rookie Cap (And How It Benefits The Panthers This Year)


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#16 Yaboychris28

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:24 PM

I want Poe in the first, and Burfict in the 2nd.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:54 PM

I want Poe in the first, and Burfict in the 2nd.


I don't care who or what we take in the first as long as they turn out to be a day 1 quality starter and instant improvement.

If you want Burfict we can prolly get him in the 4th.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:58 PM

We can probably get Burfict in the 7th.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

We can probably get Burfict in the 7th.


Why waste a draft pick. He will be practice squad material.

I'd rather draft a punter in the 7th.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:02 PM

Yeah I don't want him at all either, was just saying. Maybe bring him in as an UDFA if anything.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:08 PM

I'm worried he might take a roster spot away though, we are going to need that spot for an extra kicker.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:27 PM

We're in the 2nd cap year now enjoying Cam's rookie contract. We have a relatively low QB cap total.
Makes the fact we're up against the cap all the more surprising. Krap, AZ just stroked a
7 mill bonus check to Kolb.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:31 PM

Just imagine last year without the rookie cap. Do you think that Marty Hurney would have pulled the trigger Cam Newton if he had to pay him $70M? I'd like to think he would but somewhere in my gullet I believe he may have opted for the safer pick...like a DT. Ugh. Thank The Golden Calf of Bristol for a rookie cap, right?

Well this year the rookie cap might actually help the Panthers once again. Rookie contracts are much lower than they used to be and are set by the league. So there's no holdouts no real negotiations. Sign here and play for us for 4-5 years.

Still, people keep saying that picking a RB like Richardson or reaching for a QB like Tannehill in the Top 5 is way too high. Not anymore.

Teams drafting in the Top 10 can take more chances on prospects and therefor reach for players that 2 years ago wouldn't have made any sense.

Need a QB Cleveland....why not Tannehill? He would have been a huge reach 2 years ago. Now his contract is much more manageable and the gamble isn't as huge. The same can be said for Richardson, Floyd and a host of other picks that people do not think are a consensus Top 10 players.

Teams can worry less about where they are picking and feel safe selecting THEIR guy.

Which means for the Panthers at 9...players with higher grades may be available when their pick rolls around.

Would it also imply that drafting the most expensive positions make more sense than signing a fa.QB being number 1 and DE being the 2nd

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:01 PM

I could also see Miami move up to #3 to secure Tannehill. I know crazy, right. Not good for us bc if that happens Morris goes to Minn at #8. Thats when you wish they had a Minnesota Vikings "draft moment".


LOLOLOL I DID NOT KNOW THAT WAS HOW WE GOT JORDAN GROSS OMG!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:15 PM

Idk anything about college players anyways.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:13 PM

I still think we would have pulled the trigger on Cam, but we'd be in cap hell right now if not for the new CBA.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:18 PM

I am mocking that I will get extremely drunk if claiborne falls to us

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:31 AM

We're in the 2nd cap year now enjoying Cam's rookie contract. We have a relatively low QB cap total.
Makes the fact we're up against the cap all the more surprising. Krap, AZ just stroked a
7 mill bonus check to Kolb.


Yes, but that bonus check would be spread out over the remainder of his contract. That payment probably only increased his cap hit by less than $2M per season.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:33 AM

Just imagine last year without the rookie cap. Do you think that Marty Hurney would have pulled the trigger Cam Newton if he had to pay him $70M? I'd like to think he would but somewhere in my gullet I believe he may have opted for the safer pick...like a DT. Ugh. Thank The Golden Calf of Bristol for a rookie cap, right?

Well this year the rookie cap might actually help the Panthers once again. Rookie contracts are much lower than they used to be and are set by the league. So there's no holdouts no real negotiations. Sign here and play for us for 4-5 years.

Still, people keep saying that picking a RB like Richardson or reaching for a QB like Tannehill in the Top 5 is way too high. Not anymore.

Teams drafting in the Top 10 can take more chances on prospects and therefor reach for players that 2 years ago wouldn't have made any sense.

Need a QB Cleveland....why not Tannehill? He would have been a huge reach 2 years ago. Now his contract is much more manageable and the gamble isn't as huge. The same can be said for Richardson, Floyd and a host of other picks that people do not think are a consensus Top 10 players.

Teams can worry less about where they are picking and feel safe selecting THEIR guy.

Which means for the Panthers at 9...players with higher grades may be available when their pick rolls around.


The change in the rookie pay has definitely changed the way teams draft. They are much more willing to take a chance on a high risk-high reward type of player at the top of the draft. In addtion, all postions come into play in the Top 10, as opposed to a few years ago. The costs for a mistake are much less and teams are willing to take them.