The Carolina Panthers lately have been facing a problem bigger franchises do not have. The Carolina Panthers have a closing salary cap, one that doesn’t allow them much breathing room. One of the main causes of this dilemma is the act of having two many backups for their backups; or what I like to call, “Player Insurance Policies.”
The Panthers are predicted to have the third worst salary cap in the NFL with a cap of -11.8 million dollars. The greenbacks being that low means one thing, the Panthers would be hard pressed to sign a star player in free-agency with that little of payment available.
One of the biggest insurance policies is our RB core. For kicks and giggles let’s leave Tolbert out of this, he proved himself as a player. Williams and Stewart both had huge contract negotiations go down. Williams got a $43 million deal in 2011. Explain how a player is getting paid that much and still puts up subpar yardage.
Stewart was signed to a $37.8 million contract and has been injury prone since the signing, granted he showed up big when he was healthy. Last is Kenjon Barner. Why are we drafting a RB and still paying the others even though they aren’t producing? Just adding on to the cap room dilemma with another “safety net” player.
I love all the RBs, Stewart and Williams have always been fan favorites. However, numbers don’t lie and either they both need to break out and start producing consistently, or the front office needs to step up and make the hard decision to let a man go.
Another group of the unnecessary insured is the WRs. Let’s just name off all the Panthers WRs. Smith, LaFell, Ginn Jr., Hixon, Edwards, Adams, Moss(Dale Moss, not Randy), and the list goes on from there. No team needs this many WR, whether they are producing or not.
The sheer number of players at this position, even at this point long before the season starts, is ridiculous.
Ginn Jr. makes some sense, he is essentially a career under achiever but he has the potential to break out this season considering he is built like Steve Smith. Hixon was another underachieving choice, fully capable of making something of himself.
Adams is a threat on special teams, and LaFell is proving to be a WR threat. I shouldn’t have to even argue for Smitty, I don’t want him angry at me, I saw what he did to that Saints CB in 2011. Smitty has his spot locked.
Edwards however should be cut immediately. The kid has shown glimpses once in a blue moon, and we can’t afford a WR that isn’t producing. Just because he was a star at App. State doesn’t mean we need to keep him.
On another note, I have no idea about this Dale Moss kid. Santana Moss and Randy Moss sure did good, so maybe the name is good luck, but only time will tell. That is assuming he makes it to preseason, RJ Webb sure didn’t.
The fact is the Carolina Panthers need to trim the fat if they are truly destined to be a big time franchise. Get Donald Trump in that office if necessary, but give the accountants some breathing room here, that is the only way the Panthers will have enough money to become consistent in free-agency, and ultimately win games.