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Countdown to Free Agency

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With a guy who spent the last twelve years as a pro personnel guy, I'd say the odds of us being more active in free agency go up.

But then there's that salary cap situation... :(

i think he'll find the cap space he needs for his bargain shopping.

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that $4 that we have available is burning a hole in our pocket

best guys are lining up for it (sarcasm)

big, big cuts to talk about before talking about signings

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Mario Williams should be in jail beside Madoff for what he is doing to the Bills.

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There is some good news though, I was reading an article on NFL.com a few weeks ago and basically most teams have little or no available cap room. All the good teams have their money tied up in QBs, pass rushers, wide receivers and Olinemen and all the bad teams have their money tied up in overpaid FAs and draft picks before the rookie wage scale. Basically the vast majority of contracts that are going to be given out are going to be much smaller than the ones in FA the last two years. Yes the most desperate of teams will still pay big bucks for the top FAs, but a LOT of talent will be around at an affordable rate.

Note: Considering how well Rodgers played without Greg Jennings his market value could be quite low. If he's asking for anything under 5mil/yr we should take a serious look.

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Speaking of a bargain pickup, any thoughts on Titus Young? Just released from Detroit. The guy's a malcontent, but maybe a change of scenery, a more disciplined coaching staff (I'd like to think our coaching staff is more disciplined than Detroit's), and most importantly, the threat of Smitty chewing his ass out might help him shape up. Guy's a former second round pick whose contract runs through 2014 and is only owed a measly $550k next year. Might be worth a look.

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I thought Wahle was good, just not worth what he was getting paid.

Honestly, that's a phrase you could apply to a load of Panthers free agent acquisitions.

You could make the argument that Marty Hurney wasn't necessarily bad at finding free agents. He just sucked at valuing how much to pay them.

i think he was very hit or miss, leaning more on the miss side of things esp. in regards to WRs and he overvalued pretty much everyone drafted, FA, whatever....he was out of control.

the fact that he never really had a problem negotiating deals with rosenhaus should have been a red flag. i'm sure he loved dealing with hurney.

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With a guy who spent the last twelve years as a pro personnel guy, I'd say the odds of us being more active in free agency go up.

But then there's that salary cap situation... :(

Easily fixed with cutting several players. and maybe restructuring one or two.

At this point, Gamble has become expendable. Jordan Gross, even though he's our good LT, he's regressed and isn't getting younger. Time to cut ties with him too. Beason, he's borderline expendable. I'd like to see him get traded to NYG for a player or a draft pick.

If Gettleman does this, he'd be saving a lot of money, just to get under the cap. But probably not enough to sign a huge FA. Honestly I don't want a huge FA, I just want a guy at a position that we need to address, doesn't matter if he's a huge name, if he can play and will play for a moderate amount of money. Come on over.

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if by blue chip you mean one of the high profile big money/overpriced guys that go quickly...nope. won't happen. not the panthers way of doing things and not the gettleman way of doing things from what i can tell. the typical panthers way is one i don't agree with because it focuses too narrowedly on the draft for addressing needs.

the gettleman way, though, is what he said in his first presser. find value in FA to fill holes but look to sign guys on short-term and affordable deals. i suspect he'll be use it more he'll be much more effective in finding quality guys to fill holes without having to break the bank. he's a guy that can spot talent anywhere that is often over looked. i'm fine with not going after one of the high end guys because i think that overall gettleman will make better used of FA than we are accustomed to.

Honestly though we really don't need superstar talent in FA. We have enough star power on this team, we really need to focus on improving the bottom of our roster. We need more reliable guys that are backups, special teamers and role-players.

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Speaking of a bargain pickup, any thoughts on Titus Young? Just released from Detroit. The guy's a malcontent, but maybe a change of scenery, a more disciplined coaching staff (I'd like to think our coaching staff is more disciplined than Detroit's), and most importantly, the threat of Smitty chewing his ass out might help him shape up. Guy's a former second round pick whose contract runs through 2014 and is only owed a measly $550k next year. Might be worth a look.

I don't think Young is worth the headache.

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Easily fixed with cutting several players. and maybe restructuring one or two.

At this point, Gamble has become expendable. Jordan Gross, even though he's our good LT, he's regressed and isn't getting younger. Time to cut ties with him too. Beason, he's borderline expendable. I'd like to see him get traded to NYG for a player or a draft pick.

If Gettleman does this, he'd be saving a lot of money, just to get under the cap. But probably not enough to sign a huge FA. Honestly I don't want a huge FA, I just want a guy at a position that we need to address, doesn't matter if he's a huge name, if he can play and will play for a moderate amount of money. Come on over.

Trading Beason isn't gonna help the cap situation, the hit would be akin to just cutting him.

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