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 CamCorry 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.