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#31 Marguide

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:15 AM

I think the Panthers make it work because cutting him next year gets A LOT more feasible than cutting him this year. There's a lot more savings to be had. I think it just makes sense for both sides. Beason shows he's valuable as a starting OLB and can stay healthy, then he can restructure and stay and keep the majority of his money. If he can't stay healthy, then he's gone either way. Win/win situation for both sides.


But put yourself in Jon's shoes. He has $3+ million guaranteed from us in 2013. He could at least get vet min elsewhere so add in another $750,000 roughly. That is at least $4 million (probably more) and he almost certainly could find someone to let him compete for the starting MLB spot. If he has a great year (and you know that is what Jon expects) then he signs a big deal with the new team.

So why would he stay here and play for less, especially when he knows he has no shot to play MLB? I don't see it.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:20 AM

I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I just think with the cap hit situation, the Panthers aren't going to be willing to eat a bunch of dead cap space if they can possibly keep Beason for not much more. Hopefully TD can talk him into being willing to work a deal. Worked out pretty well for him.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:25 AM

I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I just think with the cap hit situation, the Panthers aren't going to be willing to eat a bunch of dead cap space if they can possibly keep Beason for not much more. Hopefully TD can talk him into being willing to work a deal. Worked out pretty well for him.


I fully agree the Panthers can't offer much more than you've suggested, and even at that, I'm not sure it's the right thing to do, as it's Luke's D now. As you suggest, we'll just have to wait and see, but if I were a betting man, my money goes on him being gone (mutual decision between the club and Jon).

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:28 AM

This might be the worst idea I've ever heard. Seriously. For one, the rookie contracts are set in stone. You can't touch them. Veteran minimum contracts are already bare bones. Not everyone on the team is overpaid, so why should they take a cut? Our cap problems honestly come down to just a handful of players - notably Beason, Williams, Stewart, Gamble, Gross, Godfrey, CJ, and James Anderson. The Gamble, Gross, and Anderson situations are pretty simple IMO - they either restructure or they get cut. Period. Godfrey is actually relatively cheap for one more season, then he either restructures or he's gone. The others get more complicated due to the cap implications. If everyone and their agents want to play ball, it's actually a pretty easy fix. If agents and/or players want to play hard ball, we're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Hopefully players want to be here, because they're agents aren't dumb. They know the situation.


That's kinda the point I was getting at....Bring up the "Across the board" idea -factoring in the rookie/vet caps-just to see if the guy making nothing wants to be here and help out, and see if the "Untouchables" are willing to take a cut. Personally, I'd think that DWill wants to restructure, just to keep himself, Stewie, and Tolbert together. Beast better read the writing on the wall. Gross has been here long enough to understand. "I want to be in Charlotte" only works if there's a line of people willing to pay you more to leave.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:32 AM

The guy making veteran minimum or on a rookie contract can't help out. The vet is making the bare minimum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement and rookie can't renegotiate.

I'm sure there are plenty of veterans in every training camp in the NFL who would be more than willing to take less than the veteran minimum in order to not lose their job to a lesser paid rookie.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:45 AM

If I was a player I wouldn't take a pay cut. Screw that haha. The man in charge all these years handed out fat contracts to everyone. Why would I give mine back?

Some of guys are getting cut. Sorry bout it.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

If you can take a cut and stay with a team while still making more than you're likely to get on the open market then you're a dumbass not to do it.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:05 AM

really the only chance we have of competing is relatable to how the Patriots filled their roster in the early 2000s. Here's an excerpt on it.

I should add that Gettleman has done this before

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:13 AM

btw short version that excerpt says that while these signing bonuses are balls deep in the panthers' collective asses (for the next 2-3 years), the smart thing to do is to, at the very least, find inexpensive veteran free agents that could be a little older but are still reliable instead of giving significant playing time to Josh Norman, Jordan Pugh, Sione Fua, Terrell McClain, or any other guys that are late round rookies that have no idea what they're doing, and work on getting rid of signing bonus money as soon as possible at the same time (not restructuring everybody with a significant cap hit)

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:25 AM

Beason has a huge deal. He isn't going to want to part with money and Carolina would be dumb to throw big cash at a man who hasn't been playing. Beason likely could try to call Carolina's bluff....see if they would cut him, hoping they would just keep on keepin on

hurney would cave. gettleman wouldn't mess around.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:45 AM

If I was a player I wouldn't take a pay cut. Screw that haha. The man in charge all these years handed out fat contracts to everyone. Why would I give mine back?

Some of guys are getting cut. Sorry bout it.

only thing is several of them wouldn't get near the money they would be getting here if they restructured. pride will get to a few, but enough would restructure that there wouldn't be a whole lot of turnover. i can see beason and gross restructuring and anderson and gamble walking. one of williams, stewart, and tolbert won't be here next year either.

one thing that sucks is we still have wharton, otah, and mare on the books.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:36 AM

only thing is several of them wouldn't get near the money they would be getting here if they restructured. pride will get to a few, but enough would restructure that there wouldn't be a whole lot of turnover. i can see beason and gross restructuring and anderson and gamble walking. one of williams, stewart, and tolbert won't be here next year either.

one thing that sucks is we still have wharton, otah, and mare on the books.


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