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What's up with Chris Gamble?

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I want it to be clear I have nothing against Gamble, I think he's a really good player, but he is not worth his price tag. Either he should take a pay cut or get released.

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That same website tweeted that he led all CBs in yards allowed per snap in coverage back in mid October

Also by the same website the next guy in the lineup graded out horribly overall so unless you have some scheme to bring in Revis and Sherman for vet min why not ease up on the whole cut Gamble campaign

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Wrong. Gamble has only been one of the 'best' ONE of the past two seasons. Funny how Davis improved our run defense drastically, while we were 9th in most passing yards given up with Gamble starting, we are 20th without him.........

https://www.profootb...olina-panthers/

Take that to the bank.

http://espn.go.com/n...53/chris-gamble

2004 to 2009

His 2011 season stats mirrored his 2004 to 2009 stats.

If those stats equal a overrated CB. I dont know what is a good one.

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...we improved the defense last year without him....

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Norman shows a lot of promise, he just has to stop giving up that 7 - 10 yard cushion. It's funny watching him on tape to in that regard. He'll play tight to the line, but as the playclock drops he slowly walks back to that comfort zone...every time. Once engaged with the WR he maintains very good coverage, but getting to that point is the issue.

Ok what do you expect out of a guy who was drafted in the 5th round and came from a small school in NC. Plus he is a rookie learning the ropes. I'm sure if we mange to keep Gamble some how. Gamble can be a mentor to guys like Norman and Thomas. Norman will get better as time goes on. He was a rookie last year. What do you expect from a 5th rounder. LOL

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The condescending tone of your response tells me you can't pick up on the fact that I'm a Norman fan and was trying to show that, on film, that's the only major flaw I saw.

However, to answer the question, I do expect him to learn from his mistakes when they lead to him continually getting burned. No better example that's the Bears game.

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Here is the way I see it right now. Gamble may not be worth the money he use to be. But he is still a solid CB for this team. About the only solid CB right now to be on point. Plus FA will not really have any solid CB this year as I can see. Gamble would be on the top of the list of CBs for teams to go after when FA begins in less then a week from now. I'm really hoping Gamble will restructure his contract and stay. But who knows at this point. We got to do what we have to do at this point.

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My guess is they are hoping to trade him.

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Point taken. Personally I would try to extend him 2-3 years with an incentive rich deal that kicks based on games played, performance, blah, blah, blah.

I really like both Josh's, but Gamble is a damn good CB I'd love to keep around as a key D player and as a mentor to the younger guys.

i never see gamble as a mentor type just because of personality, I played in a charity paintball tourney put on by DeAngelo Williams back in May-June 2008, there was a bit of a meet and greet with the players because my team in the top two and playing for the championship.

Gamble said two words the entire time I was there, and it was "yeah" and "sure" in response to DWill asking him a couple of questions.

Speaking of that, that day made me huge fan of Beason and Hoover, talked to them both a lot that day, Beason was cool as hell and Hoover was just a good old country boy, ah good times

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While we may still release Gamble as Person and Yas keep saying, we really have to look at the big picture first.

Yes, if we release him we will save 7.9 million against the cap. However, no matter what we think they can be in the future, neither Josh is ready to be a #1 CB yet (nor is Captain if we keep him). So that means we will have to look at FA to find someone able to handle that role this year. And signing someone capable of handling the #1 CB role will likely cost 3-4 million at minimum...even for a 1 year rental. So that brings his cap savings down to about 4 million, and possibly less if we have to pony up more. But then we have to consider whether the new guy can be at least equal to what Gamble brings...and that's no sure bet with a bottom dollar vet CB.

Bottom line is that we have to decide if it is worth 3-4 million in cap space to bring in a different guy or just keep Gamble. And I would think that even he realizes that he probably won't make close to the 7.9 million salary he'll lose by us cutting him, and would likely be open to signing an extension to lower his cap hit by a few million in return for the possibility of a couple of more years here.

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