The Panthers have parted ways with long time corner back and the franchise’s 2004 first round pick, Chris Gamble. Gamble, the franchise all time leader in interceptions, was drafted #28 overall in 2004 out of Ohio State University. The former Buckeye would have counted $10.9 million against the $123 million(or so) salary cap this year. When you consider the amount of time Gamble has spent on the sideline in the past 2 seasons it is clear, that number ($10.9 million), is much too high. Therefore the team did the right thing and released him.
By making this move the Panthers managed to get themselves under the salary cap. We can see the effectiveness of Gettleman here in the most recent moves by the Panthers. He has managed to restructure the contracts of several Panthers in order to help the team get closer to the cap number. Gamble’s release does clear $7.9 million in cap room and pulls the Panthers below the leagues maximum team salary amount. Coach Ron Rivera had this to say about Gamble: “I appreciate the contributions of Chris during my first two years as head coach and to the organization for many years, he always handled things the right way and we wish him the best.” Funny because Gamble missed more games during Rivera’s first 2 years than he played in.