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February 28, 2007

Gross' contract likely to be reworked

The Panthers probably will have to restructure the contract of offensive tackle Jordan Gross as they get below the salary cap before Friday’s start of free agency.

According to a league source, Gross hit a contract escalator that raises his 2007 base salary from $575,000 to $4.9 million. That pushes Gross’ cap figure to more than $6 million, and the Panthers are likely to attempt to drop that number by converting some of the base salary into bonus money.

Cornerback Chris Gamble also hit an escalator that takes his base salary from $950,000 to $1.08 million.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 28, 2007 at 05:44 PM | Permalink


To me Gross is a guy that we should let walk after this contract. He is not worth the money he will ask for. In my opinion, he is a mild bust for being drafted at number 10.

Posted by: Steven | Feb 28, 2007 6:34:22 PM

Correction 9

Posted by: Steven | Feb 28, 2007 6:35:03 PM

i agree with steven, we are paying him LT money and hes only an average RT.

Posted by: Rob | Feb 28, 2007 7:37:34 PM

4.9 million? No freakin way.

Posted by: Ron | Feb 28, 2007 10:55:25 PM

I believe he was actually drafted at number 8, to make matters worse

Posted by: Luke | Feb 28, 2007 11:24:03 PM

cut 'em some slack... they guy hasn't been able to play his natural position at LT for more than a few games... our multitude of o-line injuries keeps him flopping around from left to right... besides, good o-linmen dom't exactly grow on trees...


Posted by: Tommy | Mar 1, 2007 8:50:03 AM

Did we ever restructure Peppers contract and his 14 million cap hit? What about Rucker? What about Jake? What about Dan Morgan?
All I've been hearing about all year is that we need to restructure contracts but nothing has happened.
I am beginning to lose faith in Marty Hurney.

Posted by: Eric | Mar 1, 2007 8:54:24 AM

Why don't we let Gamble go? I would rather have a decent o-lineman than a toasted corner. Gross will rework his contract I have less faith that Gamble will and, after the miserable season he had last year, it's much easier to find a DB in free agancy than it is to find a solid o-lineman who can gel with the o-line right away.

Posted by: Palmetto Panther | Mar 1, 2007 9:05:59 AM

Pat, It appears to me that your Mangum article comes essentially from the Panthers' web site on the same topic. If that's so, you should cite your source. If not, it would be good to provide some different information if feasible. Thank you.

Posted by: Durham Dave | Mar 1, 2007 9:21:43 AM

Pat, It appears to me that your Mangum article comes essentially from the Panthers' web site on the same topic. If that's so, you should cite your source. If not, it would be good to provide some different information if feasible. Thank you.

Posted by: Durham Dave | Mar 1, 2007 9:26:37 AM

Get over yourself, Durham Dave, and leave Pat alone. The articles aren't the same. They may be similar because they are based on the same story, and retirement (or any transaction) articles tend to sound identical.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 1, 2007 10:49:33 AM

I don't know what to say about this one. Last year I watched Ricky Manning Jr in the Superbowl with the Bears, Ricky Proehl with the Colts, Marlon McCree solidified the Chargers secondary since losing Rodney Harrison, and Will Witherspoon led the Rams in tackles. Meanwhile, our coordinators are calling bad defenses, our OC (Henning, who got fired) calls 61 passes for Weinke one week and then 52 runs two weeks later. If we have the same 5 starters on the line for 16 games and get a pass-catching TE, we'll be better off. But if we still miss the playoffs, it will be the coaches that need to be scrutinized.

Posted by: charlson | Mar 1, 2007 11:08:28 AM

Was it Gamble that made "the throw" in the Minnesota game and gave up a TD to a TE? Get rid of him!

Posted by: Jeremy | Mar 1, 2007 1:18:24 PM

No it was D Will that made that throw, or bad "pitch" if thats what youre talking about...on the return?

Posted by: Jason | Mar 1, 2007 2:54:31 PM

Chris Gamble made the throw. He was the punt returner. Williams returned kicks. Coach Fox approved the play beforehand, but Richard Marshall wasn't ready to catch a bad pass. Fox later apologized and said he thought a touchdown on that play with a trick play would put the game out of reach. The Panthers already had thelead and it was late in the 4th quarter. That said to me that he didn't have confidence in the offense to run the ball effectively enough to run out the clock and get another score.

Posted by: charlson | Mar 1, 2007 3:01:00 PM

well put.

Posted by: kyle | Mar 2, 2007 3:43:06 PM

I now understand why the Panthers think their fans will drink whatever flavor kool aid they mix. Idiots. Both ownership and most who have posted here.

Posted by: chris | Mar 2, 2007 8:06:40 PM

LOL, thanks charlson, I remember now.

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