Dollars and Sense

Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers receiver Randy Moss (84) attempts to elude Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) during the first quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Carolina Panthers, NFL, Panthers Free Agent

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  • ahrcshaw

    Proper growth is in the draft, free agents depend on it being a bargain, Rickie Prohel was a 1M year bargain. Green was over the hill waste of money. The Panthers are a young team, they need to stabilize the QB (quality of play) and get some high class draft picks to start filling in the holes. The Panthers were weak up front in D, and weak at DB’s, you can not have excellence at all positions at one time, no team has ever had that. A real good SS cures a lot of ills in the DB’s, Mentor did a excellent job for years. One good man here and one good man there makes the team work. With what Mr Guttleman has done so far all we need is a good man at FS and a decent man at SS, these two guys stop the opposing team from easy scoring. Godfrey did a good job, but he needs help and according to what the Panthers brought in they should be a lot better at stopping the easy score.

  • http://www.facebook.com/panthernation.forlife Panthernation Forlife

    I think we wait to see how Hardy starts his first 4-6 games. If he is as productive at last season, we sign him before he drives his value through the roof!
    And before I forget…PAY CAM! That is all.

    • ahrcshaw

      Your probably right, was it not Hardy who had the Motor Bike accident last year, or did something that kept him out of the first few games in both 2011 and 2012? That really hurt the teams start.

  • coneave1

    I don’t see how signing Llyod or Woodson to a 1 year deal could adversely effect our future. You could argue that our younger players will not get reps, but if they were good we would not think of these positions as weaknesses. I say sign them both to 1/yr $3mil each…