Similar to Ken’s recent article, I have a few problems with the Salary Cap that seems to be looming over the Carolina Panthers right now. Marty Hurney played with way to much fire and ended up getting third degree burns that are proving to be fatal to the Panthers franchise. Dave Gettleman however seems to be handling things quite well so far.
Dealing with the Panthers salary cap is like trying to get pumped up for the Super Bowl by listening to the Temptations and the Righteous Brothers, it’s painful, tough, and most of the time it just can’t be done. But Dave Gettleman seems to be right at home with the sultry voices of the 60’s instead of the usual staple Jock Jams. (Don’t quote me on this I have no insight on Mr. Gettleman’s taste in music.) He has made all of the right decisions so far and with reports coming out of the Carolina front office, he seems to be poised to continue to make the correct decisions.
His restructuring of All-Pro Center Ryan Kalil’s contract should go down in Panthers off season history. Gettleman has shaved 2.2 million off of Kalil’s contract. Obviously this hasn’t cleared up all of the Panthers debt which stands at 14 million with Kalil’s reassessment. But Mike Tolbert and Dwan Edwards have gone on record saying they love the Panthers and would love to stay here, you can find both of those articles on the official Panthers website. It seems that Gettleman would try to work similar money saving deals with the two players. I do expect us to raise Greg Hardy’s salary however, since he has been the most productive player on the defense, with the obvious exception being Luke Kuechly.
I can also see Gettleman cutting the recluse at DT, Ron Edwards and veteran CB Chris Gamble. Gamble has a huge contract that equals out to 10 million, so cutting him seems obvious since our young CB’s seem to be stepping up to the plate this offseason. Edwards has a contract between 3 and 4 million dollars, so expect him to be gone as well. We played better defense without him anyway…
Gettleman can handle any curve ball the NFL throws at him. I trust the man implicitly; he seems to be making all the right decisions to bring the Panthers out of debt. Those are my thoughts, but what do you, the readers, think about the salary cap issue? Leave your comments about the whole debacle below.