This is the opposite of what I've been reading over the last few weeks.
Panthers want him, he wants to remain a Panther.
Awaiting March 12th to see what happens.
If Tampa wants to pay him more than he is worth, then more power to them.
I would miss the Captain, but I'm sure we could move on easier than the first few posters think.
This. For the right price, I'd love to have him back. He's a good nickelback. But, that's what he is. If others are willing to offer him starting money, let them do it and let him take it. Wish him the best and move on. We have to quit overpaying our guys for fear of losing them. You've gotta pick and choose who you keep. If you try to keep everyone worth a damn you end up in our current cap hell. We've paid too many average players like good players and too many good players like great players. It has to stop. Figure out how much a guy is worth to you, make the offer, and if someone else blows it out of the water, wish the guy best of luck with his new team. If he brings back an offer from elsewhere marginally better, then go back and try to negotiate something, but to hell with this poo of just handing out baller contract after baller contract to everyone.