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Panthers 2014 Free Agents

Sep 18 2013 10:10 AM Kurb Carolina Panthers
Bold means likely kept.-- As in a player that should likely have reasonable contract demands and/or has performed well enough for the Panthers to want to keep them.

Italics up for debate.-- A player that could be kept for a majority of reasons OR no kept for a majority of reasons.

StrikeThrough means likely cut/released/not-resigned/already gone.


Derek Anderson QB UFA Panthers TBD --
Colin Cole DT UFA Panthers TBD --
Graham Gano K UFA Panthers TBD --
Ted Ginn Jr. WR UFA Panthers TBD --
Jordan Gross LT, T UFA Panthers TBD --
Captain Munnerlyn CB UFA Panthers TBD --
Richie Brockel FB RFA Panthers TBD --
Ben Hartsock TE UFA Panthers TBD --
Mike Mitchell S UFA Panthers TBD--



Jeff Byers C RFA Panthers TBD --
Greg Hardy DE UFA Panthers TBD --
Brandon LaFell WR RFA Panthers TBD --
Quintin Mikell S UFA Panthers TBD --
Chris Scott G RFA Panthers TBD --
Jordan Senn OLB, LB UFA Panthers TBD --
Travelle Wharton G UFA Panthers TBD --


Bruce Campbell RT, T UFA Panthers TBD --
Jimmy Clausen QB UFA Panthers TBD --
James Dockery CB UFA Panthers TBD --
Armanti Edwards WR RFA Panthers TBD --
Brian Folkerts C ERFA Panthers TBD --
Darvin Adams WR RFA Panthers TBD --
D.J. Moore CB UFA Panthers TBD --
Jon Beason OLB, LB UFA Panthers TBD --
Garry Williams G RFA Panthers TBD --
Byron Bell RT, T RFA Panthers TBD --

Domenik Hixon WR UFA Panthers TBD --

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If that cap calculator thing is correct, we should be 24+ million dollars under the cap next year. (After a few cuts)  That's not a lot of money to bring in top money free agents.  Considering we have some guys to resign of our own, that will leave us with less money to spend.  I love Greg Hardy, Mike Mitchell, and even Ted Ginn.  However, the one thing we shouldn't do is overpay any of them.  If they are looking for top dollar type contracts, then we should definitely let them walk.

If that cap calculator thing is correct, we should be 24+ million dollars under the cap next year. (After a few cuts)  That's not a lot of money to bring in top money free agents.  Considering we have some guys to resign of our own, that will leave us with less money to spend.  I love Greg Hardy, Mike Mitchell, and even Ted Ginn.  However, the one thing we shouldn't do is overpay any of them.  If they are looking for top dollar type contracts, then we should definitely let them walk.

 

Nicks and Hardy are both going to demand large contracts and I don't think we can afford both.  Hicks is good, Hardy is elite. We can probably get somebody as good as or better than Hicks in the first or second round - Hardy we cannot replace with a draft pick. I think the choice is obvious. Hardy is going to demand $8-10 million a year and he is worth it.

Need to get rid of Anderson and draft or pick up a FA dual threat QB.   Braxton Miller (draft) or Connor Shaw (FA) would be my top picks. 

I would not take Nicks over the possible cost of losing Hardy or Mitchell.  I would rather keep them and draft Benjamin or Robinson or whomever in the 1st or 2nd.

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carolina-chuck
Dec 24 2013 08:51 PM

Need to retain: Greg Hardy, Mike Mitchell, Jordan Gross, Travelle Wharton, Ted Ginn, and Captain Munnerlyn.

 

Need to gut: Jonathan Stewart and Charles Godfrey

 

No need to bring back: Brandon LaFail

 

Free agent(s) to look at: ''Jeremy Maclin'', Hakeem Nicks, Chris Clark, and ''Breno Giacomini''

I didnt realize that Gross was up for contract...

 

That really sucks. Gross is a really good Left Tackle, but he is going to have to take a discount to stay here. Maybe we can draft a new left tackle and pay gross RT money and move him over to the right side, solidifying our oline. 

 

The bad thing about Gross is that he is on the down side of his career, and we have to worry about our younger players first. I really hope we can keep him, but we have to pay Cam, Hardy and Capt. first. We have to make these moves with the future in mind. 

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carolina-chuck
Dec 24 2013 09:21 PM

I didnt realize that Gross was up for contract...

 

That really sucks. Gross is a really good Left Tackle, but he is going to have to take a discount to stay here. Maybe we can draft a new left tackle and pay gross RT money and move him over to the right side, solidifying our oline. 

 

The bad thing about Gross is that he is on the down side of his career, and we have to worry about our younger players first. I really hope we can keep him, but we have to pay Cam, Hardy and Capt. first. We have to make these moves with the future in mind. 

 

I believe that Gross will make one more run on a discount unless we win the Super Bowl this season.

 

Im up for an OT in the draft, but wouldnt make sense to move Gross to RT. Gross is on the down side of his career, but is still playing at a very good level. Probably having his best season in a couple years. Unless a SB ring or injuries, I see Gross coming back.

 

I'm worry about not being able to retain Wharton. Wharton has been huge this season. Gettleman may feel that Amini and Scott/Chandler can get the work done for next year, but I want consistency at OL. Also, Amini is injury prone.

That's a lot of player likely cut
Jon Beason was already cut earlier this season he went to the NY Giants

This is going to be an interesting offseason.  We've got a ton of pending free agents.  Here's my plan:

 

Franchise tag: Greg Hardy

 

Resign (mid-level money): Mike Mitchell, Captain Munnerlyn, Jordan Gross (one-year deal), Graham Gano

 

Resign (low-level money): Wharton, Ginn, Mikell, Hartsock, Lafell, Derek Anderson, Colin Cole

 

Tender: Bell (low tender)

 

Cut: Charles Godfrey (unless he'll take a huge paycut)

 

Restructure: Charles Johnson, Steve Smith, J.Stewart, Kalil

 

Extensions: Wait another year on Cam's new contract.

 

 

 

 

 

Priority resign hardy! Already turned down $8 mil deal apparently.
Cut bell he's so bad move gross across from lt to rt.
Resign gano,mitchell,ginn,cole,mikkel.

Draft first round a good OT.
Draft second round wide receiver like moncrief.
Then maybe another wideout in third too.

Kugbila will be an awesome guard to shore up that right side of the offense, I think we struck lucky getting gettleman as gm! Being a scout he knows his players, look at star ok obvious but kk and klein they were good pick ups as were his free agency players, in gettleman I trust and I think kugbila will be a beast.

Priority resign hardy! Already turned down $8 mil deal apparently.
Cut bell he's so bad move gross across from lt to rt.
Resign gano,mitchell,ginn,cole,mikkel.

Draft first round a good OT.
Draft second round wide receiver like moncrief.
Then maybe another wideout in third too.

Kugbila will be an awesome guard to shore up that right side of the offense, I think we struck lucky getting gettleman as gm! Being a scout he knows his players, look at star ok obvious but kk and klein they were good pick ups as were his free agency players, in gettleman I trust and I think kugbila will be a beast.

 

I'm pretty sure we're going after a WR with our first pick. Most likely end up getting Jordan Matthews, Kyle Evans or Kelvin Benjamin.  We're definitely taking two receivers in the draft.  My second choice would be L'Damian Washington or Damian Copeland (not sure if he's in the draft, but this dude is a Steve Smith clone).  We also need a good RB.  Andre Williams would be my pick, if available.   WR/OT/CB/RB/WR/OLB/SS would be opinion of our 7 picks if we do no trades..  But, like I mentioned in a couple of other threads, we may end up trading a couple of our early picks to get several late round picks.  As long as we get a big time receiver with our 1st round pick, I'm happy.  Also, need to consider picking up a TE/FB/QB free agents after the draft.  

I'm not so sure I mean gettlemans philosophy is hog mollies on both sides on the ball, and what's the point in having receivers when cams fighting off pressure constantly? He needs that line beefing up big time!.
I'd say we go forogbuehi or Lewan in the first to address OT, then id like moncrief in the second then dip at a guard in the third and address CB an pick up a RB and another WR late on the draft, free agency will be key after hardys franchise tag or pay day the cap will be down to hardly nothing so picking up anybody else will be hard, but I'd prefer to go after players with something to prove no those looking to wind down there careers.

We gotta remember that we have Amini and Kugbilla coming back so no telling how Gettleman views our Guard position at this point. I personally hope that along with those 2 we resign Wharton and get another cheap vet. Also Gettleman said the emphasis was the big guys BUT also said playmakers for Cam. I think our first 3 picks will be on WR's and oline no matter what order. Possibly a corner but we are primed to win now so a mid level  vet their makes more sense to me. Resign Gross so we just need 1 tackle not 2 out of this draft. If we wait til the late 2nd or 3rd to take a WR they better be ALOT more like Alshon or Keenan Allen than Lafell

Do you like moncrief? Mock drafts have him going around #40 I think we may trade up you know

Unfortunately, cutting J. Stewart does not help the cap situation. It hurts. Badly. That albatross contract really ties our hands.

 

StrikeThrough means likely cut.

Bold means likely kept.

Italics mean who knows

 

 

Darvin Adams WR RFA Panthers TBD --
 
Derek Anderson QB UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Jon Beason OLB, LB UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Byron Bell RT, T RFA Panthers TBD --
 
Richie Brockel FB RFA Panthers TBD --
 
Jeff Byers C RFA Panthers TBD --
 
Bruce Campbell RT, T UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Jimmy Clausen QB UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Colin Cole DT UFA Panthers TBD --
 
James Dockery CB UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Armanti Edwards WR RFA Panthers TBD --
 
Brian Folkerts C ERFA Panthers TBD --
 
Graham Gano K UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Ted Ginn Jr. WR UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Jordan Gross LT, T UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Greg Hardy DE UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Ben Hartsock TE UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Domenik Hixon WR UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Brandon LaFell WR RFA Panthers TBD --
 
Quintin Mikell S UFA Panthers TBD --
 
D.J. Moore CB UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Captain Munnerlyn CB UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Chris Scott G RFA Panthers TBD --
 
Jordan Senn OLB, LB UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Travelle Wharton G UFA Panthers TBD --
 
Garry Williams G RFA Panthers TBD --

 

 

i think on the episode of THIS IS GROSS with Wharton- Travelle said he expects to retire after this year for sure.. could be wrong
 

There are too many people in the top column

how bad would it be. cause i really feel this who throw us into being consistent contenders. getting Nicks would also allow us to go Hog Mollie in the first 2 rounds or even elite CB instead of having to use it on a #1 WR. i think this could be our best scenerio


Signing Nicks should not take drafting a WR out of the equation

Signing Nicks should not take drafting a WR out of the equation

 

it doesn't but I would give us the ability to get best available OT and then get Wr in the 2nd and CB in the 3rd

it doesn't but I would give us the ability to get best available OT and then get Wr in the 2nd and CB in the 3rd

 

That is a very, very good point. if we can get a solid vet to put opposite of steve, then grab a WR to groom within the first two rounds, we could also focus on the line and secondary. 

 

Nicks or Maclin would probably be the best bets for that equation. both would be solid #2's (maclin has #1 potential) and then we get the WR of our future in this draft. 

Highly highly doubt we sign Nicks.

That is a very, very good point. if we can get a solid vet to put opposite of steve, then grab a WR to groom within the first two rounds, we could also focus on the line and secondary. 

 

Nicks or Maclin would probably be the best bets for that equation. both would be solid #2's (maclin has #1 potential) and then we get the WR of our future in this draft. 

 

exactly and just in case both of there injury history cause them not to workout we would still have a future #1 wr on the roster

Your going to be surprised at the money thrown at Nicks. Lots of teams have a ton of money to spend. Thanks Hurney.

 

The Panthers guaranteed Jonathan Stewart's $1.5 million base salary for 2014 when they reworked his contract in the 2013 offseason.

The base salary is only $1.5 million, however, and Stewart's $6.875 million option bonus doesn't appear to be guaranteed. $2.5 million of his $4.25 million salary in 2015 is additionally guaranteed. The bottom line for GM Dave Gettleman will be that Stewart is owed $8.375 million in 2014 salary and bonuses, and he isn't worth half that much at this stage of his career. He'll almost certainly have to accept a pay cut to stay in Carolina.

 

 

Per rotoworld...

 

His contract was reworked last offseason and $6.875m no longer guaranteed.  If we cut him, we'll get hit with only $1.5m this year and $2.5m next year.  Stewart is a goner... Gettlemagic.

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