Just checked my account online and the invioce has been posted. And yup, after all the salary purging over the last week, Jerry is raising ticket prices.
Overall its a small increase. My seats are the cheapest in the house. Last year they were $38 each, now in 2010 they will be $39 each.
Now before you say "How can Jerry do that?" with the economy, and releasing players and not signing any. Don't forget that in 2002, after the Panthers went 1-15, Jerry raised ticket prices. He'll do it whenever he feels like it.
Having an uncapped 2010, and then going back to a normal salary cap in 2011 is the best case scenario if the Panthers want to cut ties with Jake. Not sure how likely it is that will happen, but we'll see.
The Panthers could cut Jake, and then count all the remaining guaranteed bonuses into 2010 (roughly $18M or so), and it wouldn't hurt their salary cap at all. In 2011, he'd be completely off the books, and the Panthers are all the better for it.
Remember, 2010 wouldn't be the spending free-for-all some people think:
1. Free agents would need 6 yrs service instead of 4 (taking 250 players off the market)
2. The final 8 teams in the playoffs this year would have limitations on the players they can sign in 2010.
3. Teams can use 2 transitional tags in addition to the franchise tag to keep players.
Other teams are in similar situations. Many owners would like one uncapped year to clean up their salary cap situation.