Big news in the Panthers organization today. The biggest story is Jordan Gross’s announcement to retire. His official press conference will be tomorrow. Jordan played all 11 of his NFL seasons for the Panthers. Jordan appeared in the Panthers’ lone Superbowl appearance and his presence on the line will be sorely missed. His retirement indicates the Panthers will surely draft an offensive tackle with their first pick in this year’s deep draft.
Other big news is that Gettleman restructured the contracts of RB Jonathan Stewart, C Ryan Kalil, and LB Thomas Davis. This move freed up around 7 million in cap space and gives the Panthers around 28 million in free space for 2014. The Panthers now have more than enough cap space to resign top free agent Greg Hardy as well as bring back other key pieces like WR Ted Ginn and FS Mike Mitchell. Gettleman has been nothing short of a miracle worker in his time with the Panthers, so much so that many fans have already forgotten the name Hurney. With the cap space, the Panthers could also target several key needs in free agency as guys like CB Brandon Browner or OT Branden Albert can be brought in and be big contributors. We’ll keep you updated on the Panthers free agency situation as we learn more information. It is early, but 2014 is shaping up to be another big year in the Carolinas.