Gross has the 2nd highest average salary for a left tackle, behind only Joe Thomas. His cap hit is $11.5 million. That is only reasonable if you are the best at the position, and Jordan is not.
LT's typically don't hit FA if they are any good, so if we decide to replace Gross we will probably have to do it through the draft. One thing is clear though. Whether we re-negotiate his salary or trade him or cut him, Jordan is going to have to be ready to play for less money. I don't see any way the Panthers or any other team ponies up $11+ million for Gross in 2013.
I thought I read he was sitting around $8 million. Heck, if he is at $11.5, I agree. I also agree that he is going to have to play for less money. I am not sure he would take a pay cut to stay on a losing team-I would cut that figure in half to keep him.
I am actually in favor of replacing Gross now for a few reasons:
1. He is getting old .
2. We could sign 2 free agents and pay a top draft pick with the room he would create by leaving.
3. He is a leader who is engrained in the losing culture. Not his fault, but losing affects your brain.
Gross should be good enough to trade to a contender after a reworked contract is in place. It would be nice to add a 4th rounder, 2 free agents, and draft a LT.