If we think back long enough I am sure we can all remember our first feeling of buyers remorse. That feeling you had when you suddenly realized that “thing” you had been clamoring for wasn’t as needed as you once thought. The feeling that left you wishing you would have just held onto your money a little longer.
In the case of the Carolina Panthers we are talking about something a little more serious than just remorseful purchases on motorcycles, cars or even that really nice RV you bought that’s sitting on Craig’s List. We are talking about multi-million dollar transactions that can shape this teams future for the good or for the bad.
Since Panther fans first heard of the marginal cap space that was made available there have been many names mentioned. Some of these suggestions could certainly assist the Panthers in the upcoming season. Brandon Lloyd, Charles Woodson, would be welcomed veteran leadership on this squad.
The problem is that we have some key players on our own squad that will be needing attention very soon. I am not saying that Dave Gettleman should make hasty decisions out of fear, however, he must consider them just the same. I am a huge fan of Greg Hardy. If you take a look at his numbers he has been steadily climbing each year. Last season was certainly his most impressive yet. If Gettleman isn’t careful he could end up with Charles “BIG MONEY” 2.0. I think the smarter thing to do in this situation is give Frank Alexander more playing time this season as I feel if given the chance he could make the decision to pay Hardy the “BIG BUCKS” or not, very easy.
Dave would be wise to exercise that same caution when thinking of Cam’s future contract. I think Cam’s play this season will certainly provide a great deal of insight as to what extent the Panthers will go to keep him. I would like to see the Panthers simply place this money in the piggy bank and let the current players prove their value over the course of next season.
I think Dave Gettleman having to dig the Panthers out of their current financial pit, will prove to be valuable in the future. I do not see him making the same mistakes as Hurney during his tenure with the franchise. What’s your thoughts Panther’s fans? Do we go all in for the here and now and acquire a player like Woodson to give our secondary a boost? Do we grab Lloyd in hopes that he’ll produce 900+ receiving yards for us, as he did for the Patriots? Please give us your thoughts.