Many still don't understand how flexible and creative teams can be with the cap if they want someone bad enough. I'm not advocating for or against Jackson, but we could absolutely free up the cap space if the team wanted him.
Are people forgetting examples like the recent Flacco contract? He's earning 20+ million a year, yet his first year cap hit was 6 million.
I would like to see us sign a few players too, just like everyone else. But I also think many here are being naive if they think Gettleman doesn't have a plan, or that he is willing to sacrifice 2014.
My guess is he has a list of players he thinks will be cut June 1st after other teams see what they can get in the draft, and a further group that may get let go in camp. Chances are they will be older rentals to get us through a year or two while he strengthens through the draft and gets our cap in order. Remember that players like Dwan Edwards for us and Carlos Rogers for the 49er's were both picked up in August by their respective teams. Just because we aren't filling holes now doesn't mean we won't fill them with decent players.
I suspect that many of you would feel better if you heard Gettleman talk in more depth about this issue, but it is not his obligation to show his cards to the fans or the rest of the league. Patience is required.
If we hit September and the team is made up of scrubs, then blast Gettleman. It's too early right now.
Smith was a great receiver. Off the field, Smith is an admirable human being. What I don't get is why people would be surprised that he is viewed as an asshole when he's working at his profession. He's always been that way. We've loved his fire because he was our guy, and made play after play, so we glossed over all the other stuff.
The difference now is his production no longer dictates that the team should suffer his overly-domineering personality.
The advantage of June 1 cuts is you spread the cap hit out over 2 years. And you can cut as many players as you like after June 1.
However, you can also cut a maximum of two players as early as today and designate them as June 1st cuts. There is no cap relief for the team until June 1; all it does is allow the released player an early start on free agency. It is a benefit for the player only. There is no benefit for the team.
Business move my ass, why is Godfrey still on this team if business is the reason.
I've seen this question asked numerous times on here.
The reality is that cutting Godfrey before he is medically cleared after his injury last year would leave the team open to a grievance and the potential of facing a big payment as an injury settlement.
There have been some great defensive front 7s in Panthers history with some elite, hall of fame d-ends and 3-4 outside linebackers. I can't 100% say this is the best line in Panthers history. That said, no one, not Greene/White/Peppers none of the great players we've had have ever had a 15 sack season
Hardy tied the team record of 15 sacks. Kevin Greene also had a 15 sack season with the Panthers.
I don't think we'll have much of a choice if Hardy leaves. Addison is a very good pass rusher but he's not great at defending the run like Greg and Alexander is a decent/mid-level pass rusher with below average run defending. Regardless, as much as I want a WR or TE at 28, if the BPA is a DB or DE then we gotta go with defense again in the first round.
Before we pass final judgement on our young DE's, it would be prudent to remember that it wasn't very long ago when Hardy was viewed as lacking against the run.
Greg really came into his own in 2012. He was certainly not viewed as a potential star prior to that season.
So it's not a given that none of these guys can develop in a similar fashion.
Once you've achieved top 5 status, spending a lot of resources in FA or the draft to make a marginal improvement doesn't make sense. This is especially true when you have an offense ranked in the 20's.
If the clear, undisputed BPA at our pick happens to play DB, then yeah, maybe you go for it. Otherwise, we need to be focused largely on offensive BPA's, especially a playmaker/TD scorer.
So I'd like someone to explain to me how all this "fixing" works.
Does Rodger G. call the head official and tell him who to favor? Do all the owners secretly get together and decide who is going to be good that year or who is the favored son? Do the networks tell the NFL who they want in the big game? And how do they do this with no one spilling the beans and making a gazillion dollars off the ensuing expose?
Someone, anyone, can you answer even one of these questions?
My title should have been 'is the nfl throwing games'. It was late. Cut me some slack. I have heard more rumblings about skewed games this year than anytime. It has been a bad year for refs. You go back to our playoff and if the refs hadn't made some bad calls we could have been there last night. It was pointed out, and it makes a good case, that the NFL would rather have the big market at the superbowl. Yes, we've been there before. My point being, with so much money in this sport it would be advantageous to have the big markets dominate.
But neither the Broncos nor the Seahawks are big market teams.
The most logical thing for the NFL to do is to protect their integrity as a sport. Why would the owners risk the ruination of their billion dollar businesses by throwing a game here and there to bump up TV ratings?