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#16 vorbis

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:49 PM

wonder if he showed up for offseason workouts yesterday, and if he did, there was some issue that popped up. otherwise, yeah, roster move has to becoming. panthers have plenty of roster space, though.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:50 PM

So current LB's are Beason, Keeks, Davis, Blackburn, Senn, Williams, Hogue?

Blackburn is a more than competent backup, Senn and Williams a short time fill in. Hogue is a guy.

Hmmm.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:53 PM

Not sure if it's to clear 775k in cap space or just to clear dead weight?

Either way, this move makes sense.

#19 Floppin

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:57 PM

I went over to Spotrac and I didnt see in his contract any dead money, so I believe we gain the 700K. I could be wrong though....

You are right, there was no signing bonus, so it's a clean savings of his base salary


Well sorta. Remember, any time you release someone it bumps a low contract player into the top 51 who otherwise wouldn't have counted against the cap. The real savings are probably in the 200-300 range. Anyone we signed would presumably move that person back off the cap to be replaced by their new cap hit.

So it works like this, in theory - Supposing we were at exactly our cap and we released Onatolu providing a true savings of around 300k, but we could still sign someone with exactly the same cap hit as before because it would push the new cap hit back off of our cap total.

#20 ElkinPanthersFan

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:08 PM

Can't believe this man is GONE.. What a Highlight Video!


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:12 PM

Do we lose $775K in cap space or gain? 'Cap hit' could be read either way to me haha

gain.

#22 SmashNDash

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:25 PM

Oh man, he's going to show back up on Youtube and Twitter under a fake ID to hype himself back up again. He may even show up here hahaha.

#23 RockyTopVol

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:35 PM

What am I going to do with my Onatolu jersey, now?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

What am I going to do with my Onatolu jersey, now?

take it back to goodwill. that's what i'm doing anyway.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

Saw it coming long ago. Sad he couldn't contribute on ST.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

So current LB's are Beason, Keeks, Davis, Blackburn, Senn, Williams, Hogue?

Blackburn is a more than competent backup, Senn and Williams a short time fill in. Hogue is a guy.

Hmmm.


Hogue and Williams are probably gone after the cuts.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

That's too bad. I remember watching his highlight videos when we signed him and getting stoked. Really, I guess it was too bad he got hurt so early, so we didn't really get to see what he was made of. With Keek, Beason, Davis and now Blackburn, our LB core is solid enough that we don't have to let guys with potential take up roster spots.

Here's hoping this move let's us pick up a nose tackle or offensive guard.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:53 PM

Not sure if it's to clear 775k in cap space or just to clear dead weight?

Either way, this move makes sense.

well, workouts started this week, right? maybe that had something to do with it.

i do think that really the only reason it would be done now is if they have someone they are going to be picking up. we should find out in the next day if there's anything to that.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:55 PM

i give it three weeks before SuperJTheGreat runs into him at Cook Out and gets him to tell the secret sex lives of ronald rivera

#30 panthermonium

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:57 PM

I wish there wasn't this looming uncertainty of health with our LB core. On paper it easily is a top 5 unit. With the injury history of Beas and Davis it can be worrisome at times. I do feel better however with Davis getting thru a full season and being able to strengthen that knee.

If their is a silver lining the league is going to more 3 and 4 wr sets so olb isnt a premium position. IMO.


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