an issue that can be manipulated again in the future, and if they do decide to bring in another guy, they will. the panthers do it to get under the cap, while teams like the saints do it to get top notch talent. hell even the Steelers who never go out and sign FAs did so this year so far. i do know that it is the first day, and most of the signings dont bother me, but the saints obtaining Byrd makes them that much better.
panthers have been cap strapped and in rebuilding mode since 2010.
the lockout provided this team with a perfectly good opportunity to straighten their cap out and it invested that cap unwisely. Now there is just some new guy here trying to put the pieces together for the 2nd time around..