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#1 Captain Morgan

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:06 PM


right now we can't afford a good free agent or two...in fact, we can't even afford our

draft picks next year....some players won't be Panthers next year that we thought would.


Gamble, Beason, even Smitty?



from the Observer...


"The next GM will have to make some critical personnel decisions right from the jump. The Panthers have nearly $130 million committed toward next year’s salary cap, according to ESPN.com.

That figures to be at least $5 million over the still-to-be-determined cap and does not include salaries for next year’s draft class and any free agents the Panthers might sign – outside the organization or their own.

Whoever replaces Hurney undoubtedly will have to cut a couple of high-priced veterans and restructure other contracts. The Panthers heard from teams interested in running back DeAngelo Williams – who will count $8.2 million against next year’s cap – at the trade deadline, but didn’t get much in the way of offers.

With Rivera’s staff committing to Jonathan Stewart as the starter, Williams seems like an expensive complementary piece. But the next staff – if Rivera is fired – might have a different vision for the backfield.

Cornerback Chris Gamble has a cap number of $10.9 million next year and will be coming off shoulder surgery. Though the Panthers are not well-stocked at corner, Gamble’s age – he will be 30 before next season – and cap number make him a prime candidate to be cut or restructured.

Linebacker Jon Beason is in a similar position after missing most of the past two seasons following surgeries. The difference: Gamble has two more years left on his deal, Beason ($9.5 million cap figure in 2013) has four.

The next GM will have to take a long look at the contracts of linebacker James Anderson ($4.4 million), left tackle Jordan Gross ($11.7 million), receiver Steve Smith ($5.7 million) and defensive tackle Ron Edwards ($3.3 million) and see what direction he wants to go.

The Panthers face the cap crunch in large part because of their spending spree following the lockout in 2011, when they re-signed six of their core players with contract extensions totaling $152 million in guaranteed money.

But with the Panthers starting over in some respects, that core is aging and will have to be reconstituted."


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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:09 PM

James Anderson has been underwhelming, he's the one who have up the td yesterday.
Trade him

Ron Edwards is an easy decision to cut.

Gross should be forced to retire.

Trade/cut Dwill

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:23 PM

Beason, Gamble, and Dwill.

Just get what you can for em.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

God, Hurney was a terrible GM...these contracts are absurd...

All of those names are on the block.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

I'd like to see Beason re-structured... I suspect DWill will be traded or cut, but depends on who the new coach is.

Gamble... when he's healthy, he's solid, but don't know if he's worth that kind of money coming off of being hurt, and our CB's have been better than we all expected.

Gross? If we get rid of him, as shaky as he's been at times this year, we lose a veteran leader and who's gonna play LT?

Ron Edwards is old, but his cap hit is not that big and who's gonna replace him?

I will personally riot if they do anything with Smitty. He should retire a Panther. He has at least, AT LEAST two good years left and possibly more.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:31 PM

Ron Edwards has actually earned his $ this season.

Gamble/Gross/DWill

Anderson is average, being paid above average.

Beason will redo his deal I think.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:31 PM

Chris Gamble I feel is a guy who is going to be traded. If he didn't get hurt this year, the Patriots probably would have called us about him. I'm wondering if some of these guys can restructure to save us a great deal of cap space? I wouldn't mind having D-Will back next year, as long as we got a competent fullback and ran a pro system. I'm just afraid DeAngelo will go somewhere else, and just straight up flourish. (The Colts will probably be the first team that signs him if he hits the market.)

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

I know people love Beason but there is no reason to keep him unless he is moving outside and taking a HUGE pay cut...

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

Who cares what they do when they leave?

Players change teams all the time and have success.


I doubt we get many offers for Gamble at his age coming off an injury

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

I know people love Beason but there is no reason to keep him unless he is moving outside and taking a HUGE pay cut...


The return of Davis makes Beason expendable. He's too beat up for a 50+ million dollar contract. And right now we have 2 LBs who are playing great...

Sorry Beason.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

beason will be here, it will cost us more next year to cut/trade him than to keep him.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

Beason, Gamble, and Dwill.

Just get what you can for em.


Beason and Williams are untradable w/ their contracts. We are just going to have to pick and choose....will flat out have to cut a few. Take a hit.

Have to keep Beason force him to restructure and play OLB. He should considering what we paid him for nothing in return w/ that fat deal. Cut Williams, probably Gamble and Godrey. Gross and Smitty should retire, that would be best for everyone.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:39 PM

FWIW Godfrey continues to improve, he is however mainly an in the box safety and a bit over paid.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

Beason and Williams are untradable w/ their contracts. We are just going to have to pick and choose....will flat out have to cut a few. Take a hit.

Have to keep Beason. Cut Williams, probably Gamble and Godrey. Gross and Smitty should retire, that would be best for everyone.



The contracts could be reworked with their other teams(or this team) but yea the new GM has his work cut out for him.

The team will be dramatically different next year but it has to be.

I think we all agree with those same names.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

Beason and Williams are untradable w/ their contracts. We are just going to have to pick and choose....will flat out have to cut a few. Take a hit.

Have to keep Beason. Cut Williams, probably Gamble and Godrey. Gross and Smitty should retire, that would be best for everyone.


If we have to absorb the penalty for cutting/trading then so be it at this point. Too much money being wasted to not get some type of production from these guys. And Gross being an issue on that terrible OLine...he def doesn't deserve his contract at this point


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