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A cap expert gives a little analysis on our RBs among other things (via Person)

21 November 2014 - 05:41 AM

Joe Person's latest features CBS.com's Joel Corry, a real cap expert, who offers a little insight on why we are not going to get rid of Jonathan Stewart (which is great in my book). He also is kind of saying that Deangelo Williams may still be here, but if we do decide to get rid of him it will be as a June 1 cut.

 

If the Panthers cut Williams before June 1 it would be a wash, with no salary-cap savings. If he’s designated as a post-June 1 cut, the team can spread out the proration over the next two years, with a cap savings of about $2.3 million in 2015.
 
“They accounted for him being on the roster in 2015 when he took the pay cut a few years ago,” Corry said. “It’s not really worth their while unless it’s a post-June 1 cut.”
 
Cutting Stewart would be even more cost-prohibitive.
 
Stewart, who has run well this season after two injury-plagued years, has a cap figure of $8.3 million in 2015, when more than half of his $4.25 million base salary is guaranteed.
 
“The one thing you can’t do – and I’m sure a lot of people would want them to – is you can’t touch Jonathan Stewart in 2015,” Corry said. “You can’t really touch his deal until 2016.”
 
That’s the year Gettleman has said the Panthers should be in better cap shape, as they get out from under the contracts of Johnson, Williams and, possibly, Stewart. All of those extensions were signed under former general manager Marty Hurney.
 
And then there’s Cam
 
Corry estimates the Panthers will have about $15 million in cap space next year, a figure that assumes the team does not get a long-term deal done with Newton. The Panthers picked up their club option on Newton, who will make a guaranteed $14.66 million in 2015 unless the two sides reach a long-term agreement.
 
“Because you’re not in a great cap situation, there’s more pressure on Carolina than Cam to do a deal,” Corry said. “He could (get) his $14.6 (million) and just bide his time.”

 

 

Other than that, Person also discusses balancing winning this year and evaluating for the future.  Regardless of whether or not we win or lose, I am personally not going to get too upset either way. I just don't want to see Cam get killed or get a permanent, constant case of hearing footsteps during this unsettled transition.  Though no one in the FO has come out and said that we are in a semi rebuilding mode, that's what it smells like.  Continuing to clear the books, as well as paying Cam  may bring some more pain.  Gettleman needs to be on his game when it comes to the draft and free agency this coming year.  

 

Who to blame for Panthers' last ranked D

20 November 2014 - 06:35 PM

Wow. I looked up total defense rankings, and guess what? We are dead last. Our defensive guru, by all accounts an excellent defensive coordinator, is fielding the NFL's worst. So, I ask, who is to blame for this shipreck---this fall from grace?

I can tell you that in all my years of watching football, I have never seen such a marked fall...off a cliff, defensively. Some may blame McDermott. Others, perhaps, the players. Can the turnstyle in the defensive backfield, or Greg Hardy's misguided judgment make that much of a difference...causing the defense to turn 180 degrees? Was it the big head of Dave Gettleman, self-proclaimed proclaimed personnel mastermind? Perhaps it's the Huddle's favorite and most convenient excuse, Marty Hurney. I guess the easy answer is a combination of everything. It just seems like that's too easy.

Wow. I just thought we were getting a little better (maybe around 28th or something). I guess I should have known after all the beat-downs. Silly me.

Florio: Naive to think FO unaware of Avant's comments before his release

19 November 2014 - 06:16 PM

Mac Attack Link

 

Florio not only said someone knew, but he himself criticized Rivera's chicken poo play calling at the end of the game, and in a way Florio used that failure to mock anyone's misguided belief (Rivera included) that the Panthers are the masters of their own destiny because when the opportunity arose to take the bull by the horns, Rivera shied away from the moment. He did basically say that we could always get lucky, but that Rivera's moment was then.

 

You know, Huddle, at this point someone is taking Panthers' fans for fools.  I know Avant didn't mean much of anything to the offense (for what I consider mismanagement from the top), but he was a stand-up guy and obviously the only veteran that had the kahunas to say anything. I am not crying for Avant because he'll likely end up in a better position, but the FO must believe that they can shoot the fans anything and we will accept what they say on face value.  It's a bit insulting.

 

You think that either of the Mikes---Mike Pettine or especially Mike Tomlin shot their fans a load of poo, saying they didn't know about Ben Tate's or LeGarrette Blount's words, respectively?  And the thing is, their players were just unhappy with playing time. Avant was preaching the gospel truth.

 

 


Draft position will be markedly better than last year.

16 November 2014 - 11:17 PM

I am looking at the standings right now, and it's looking like even if we win the rest of our games (lol) we will be in the top 22 this year. Of course if we keep on our current trajectory I would guess somewhere between 6 and 9 as being realistic. 

 

 


Santonio Holmes? I guess it couldn't hurt.

12 November 2014 - 05:39 AM

A hockey guy writing about the Carolina Panthers. That's precious!  But at this point, perhaps Sean Sarcu of Rant Sports has a point. Old Holmes is a return man also.

 

Holmes could be a useful addition for a receiving corps in need of some offensive punch, and no team comes to mind faster than the Carolina Panthers.

 

 

Holmes isn’t the same player that won a Super Bowl in 2009, but he’s still a smart, savvy wideout capable of making some plays if given the opportunity. He showed some flashes of promise in limited action for the disastrously dysfunctional Bears. While Carolina isn’t in such a great situation itself, it is certainly no Chicago (Rochester Jeffersons, anyone?). A change of scenery could do wonders for Holmes, and the Panthers would stand to benefit from it.

 

 

Well, it would be a move that wreaks of desperation, but that's pretty much where we are.  Perhaps he could help our anemic offense that relies so heavily on passing win some of these winnable games (on paper anyway), get us over the hump and secure the division.

 

Now let me go have a therapeutic moment of meditation.


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