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Our Cap Issues, Free Agency, Retaining Our Core

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First I want to say is Congrats to the Ravens. Maybe not the best team but clearly the team playing the best down the stretch.

Mr. Gentleman has his work cut out for him. Beason, D Will and Gamble really need to restructure and help us get under the cap. I would love to see us keep all three but I believe in the end we will end up letting D Will go.(Sadly) Beason and Gamble could very well agree to restructure. Especially Beason.

I think the Gettis waiting project might be at its end. I love Gettis's speed but if you are so injury prone that you are on the bench. Speed means nothing.

I have always been hard core on giving the young guys their chance to become the #2 WR we need. LaFell has be adequate but I think we need someone more dangerous. While D. Bowe might be out of our dollar figure there are some good options. I would like to see a WR addressed during free agency.

I think there are a few NFL ready DTs available in the draft and we could address that position #1 and a DB or OT in the 2nd.

Retaining our Core players is crucial. Kalil, Newton, Stewart, Olsen, Smith on offense, CJ, Hardy, Kuechly, on Defense. And I believe all of them are under contract for 2013. Of course Beason, Gamble and a few others are apart of our core but we need some relief from them to keep them.

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Some great posts here this morning.

And why would a player NOT restructure?

Pay me NOW instead of later. Yeah that's the ticket !!!

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[quote name='Firefox' timestamp='1359984739' post='2124000']
Some great posts here this morning.

And why would a player NOT restructure?

Pay me NOW instead of later. Yeah that's the ticket !!!
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An inconsistent or older player might not want to restructure. If you've got time left to get that one more huge payday at the end of your current contract but wouldn't / aren't likely to after the restructured deal? Lot of guys wouldn't be in a hurry to give that up without a winning organization behind them.

Also NFL contracts aren't guaranteed. They might restructure to push off the cap hit then get boned when they're cut before the big part of their contract hits later....and the guaranteed money is less than the money if they played.

There are reasons. A lot of guys do it but there are valid reasons for no wanting to.

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i will be completely shocked if gamble restructure. i feel beason will because of thomas davis and i believe gross will also

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I don't see any of these guys restructuring. Would you throw away millions of dollars because your employer asks you to?

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Gross and Beason I think come back. Gamble will probably leave and i think D-WIll leaves. It'll hurt to see D-WIll leave the most just because of the way he played the last quarter of 2012. We saw those flashes of 08 in some of those runs, and the NO game he tore it up, but I think we need to look for a RB with similar abilities in later rounds. Stewart is no guarantee either.

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so when do the first moves start? At what point can negotations begin etc. Also anyone have a list of key dates for free agent period etc?

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I love how people throw around the word restructure, having no idea what it means, as if it's some kind of magic wand.

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We simply need Gentlemen to "redefine" our core. No point restructuring and causing additional future cap issues to keep big names if they aren't part of the core going forward.

Jon Beason......for example, should not be part of the core. Luke is.

We are in bad shape not just in 2013 but 2014 and the future. You don't restructure and dump HUGE cash at someone who spent 2 yrs on IR who might be a OLB if he gets healthy again. That is Hurney magic and will create a potential bigger issue if he never returns to form.

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It drives me crazy that so-called Panthers fans don't even know the name of our GM. It's GETTLEMAN, not Gettelmen, Gentleman, or Gentlemen.

As for restructuring, players aren't "throw(ing) away millions of dollars" - they're getting the salary they would have gotten sooner through a bonus and extending a few years out to knock the cap figure down.

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[quote name='UNCrules2187' timestamp='1359995476' post='2124255']
As for restructuring, players aren't "throw(ing) away millions of dollars" - they're getting the salary they would have gotten sooner through a bonus and extending a few years out to knock the cap figure down.
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That is not completely accurate. The future years of a players contract are not guaranteed. If their contract value in future years is now significantly out of whack with what the player would garner on the open market, then players will often restructure for less money in order to continue playing for their team.

For instance, we may value Beason higher than a team in FA would (given the injury). If we request to restructure his contract, the lower contract that we offer may be slightly higher than he would garner on the open market (but significantly less than the monster contract that he signed). In this case, restructuring would be for less money.

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[quote name='MadHatter' timestamp='1359995824' post='2124267']
That is not completely accurate. The future years of a players contract are not guaranteed. If their contract value in future years is now significantly out of whack with what the player would garner on the open market, then players will often restructure for less money in order to continue playing for their team.

For instance, we may value Beason higher than a team in FA would (given the injury). If we request to restructure his contract, the lower contract that we offer may be slightly higher than he would garner on the open market (but significantly less than the monster contract that he signed). In this case, restructuring would be for less money.
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Yeah, you're right, I forgot about that. But it does make sense for players like Beason who would probably be paid a fraction of what he would earn even from a restructure with the Panthers on the open market. A MLB with a potentially bum achilles, knee, and shoulder, a guy who's played, what, 4.5 total games in the last two years, isn't going to garner much on the open market.

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