Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:44 AM
The Panthers aren't going to add any major free agents, but all they have to do is restructure a few contracts to be under the cap. Yes, it will push money into future years, but the cap is going to go up dramatically in 2014 when the new TV money kicks in.
Look at the contracts Mickey Loomis (and other GM's) have done with contracts. Especially Drew Brees- his cap hits escalate big time in 2014, when the cap is going up. You don't get to be an NFL GM by being stupid, regardless of what some mouth-breathing fans want to believe.
Marty Hurney may not have been a great personnel GM, but he came up through the ranks as a cap specialist. The Panthers have never "had" to cut anyone to get under the cap. They dumped players after 2009 to get dead weight off the books during the uncapped lock-out year. The cap hits were all taken during 2010 so they didn't affect future years. This was available to every team in the league to "get rid of money from past mistakes."
Where the Redskins and Cowboys screwed up (at least in the eyes of the other owners who thought it gave them an unfair advantage and broke an unspoken rule) was to use 2010 to pay extreme amounts of money to current players during that uncapped year and then still have a lot of money to spend going forward.
Watch the Redskins- they always sign free agents (and will find a way this year), and they have to take a $36M dollar hit imposed by the other owners over the next couple of years. The salary cap is made to be manipulated, and a GM and his staff is a lot better equipped to do that than an NFL blogger or fans.
I could personally care less- As a paying PSL owner, I expect Richardson to spend money. This article is sensationlistic. Come March 1st, there is nothing to worry about. I imagine a self-made billionaire is better at business than you, I, or Pat Yasinskas.
All of those players listed are going to be on the Panthers next year. The only exception could be Chris Gamble. It's fodder for January, nothing more. Even Yasinskas knows this