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February 18, 2008

Gross likely to get franchise tag

Gross200p Barring a last-minute negotiating breakthrough, tackle Jordan Gross will get the franchise tag placed on him by the Carolina Panthers today, tomorrow at the latest.

The Panthers have until Thursday to make the move but team officials are leaving Tuesday for the league combine in Indianapolis.

The move essentially keeps Gross off the open market when free agency opens Feb. 29. Teams can still make him an offer, but the Panthers have the right to match and the other team would have to give up two first-round draft picks.

In order to put the tag on Gross, the Panthers will have to make him a one-year offer of $7.45 million, the average of the NFL's five highest-paid offensive linemen last year.

Carolina's long-range plan remains to strike a multi-year deal with Gross.

•  The Panthers might not get to look deeply into signing former Atlanta tight end Alge Crumpler until they return from the combine in about a week. The earliest his name will officially appear on NFL paperwork showing him as released -- thus clearing the way for other teams to pursue him -- is late this afternoon. Panthers medical and training personnel are all heading to the combine and it will be essential to give Crumpler a thorough physical to check out his knees, which gave him problems last season.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 18, 2008 at 09:47 AM | Permalink


you guys are incorrect on waivers. Since Alge Crumpler was released as a veteren he does not have to clear waivers at all...he is already on the open market..

Posted by: Sultan Gillani | Feb 18, 2008 10:51:12 AM

Hurney himself said they had to wait for him to clear waivers. I assume he knows the process better than any of us.

Posted by: Ryan | Feb 18, 2008 10:53:16 AM

Putting the franchise tag on Gross is business but it gives the impression that the players' demands are not in line with other RT contratcts. Am I wrong?

Posted by: Terry Miencier | Feb 18, 2008 10:57:51 AM

Guess Marty's not as smart as everybody thinks

Posted by: Sultan Gillani | Feb 18, 2008 11:19:08 AM

The point isn't really letting Crumpler clear waivers. The point is that he hasn't officially been released. The franchise tag doesn't really say anything about demands on either side apart from the fact that they don't match up at this point. Gross can still be signed to an extension through the beginning of the season by us, and hell, maybe somebody else offers him a contract we could agree to. The $7.45 mil number from last year would imply that we're giving him the non-exclusive tag, which could mean 2 first-rounders for us if he gets a ridiculous offer we won't match (obviously not the preferred choice, obviously.)

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 18, 2008 12:17:50 PM

Hey, 2 first rounders for Gross would be intriguing, depending on how high up in the draft order they are. After all, Gross isn't all that!!

Posted by: Wayne | Feb 18, 2008 12:40:40 PM

I'd take the two first rounders for Gross this year, let Peppers play out the last year of his deal, then franchise him and get two first round picks...if any team is willing to offer it.

Posted by: JanitorDan | Feb 18, 2008 12:47:48 PM

Do anbody know what are cap space is and how much cap room we have after these signing. And can we still make a moves at the Big free agents in the free agency.

Posted by: Telling It Like It Is | Feb 18, 2008 2:41:24 PM

Gross is solid, but not a top 5 tackle. So 2 first round picks for him is a no brainer. A team would have to be stupid or desperate to do that. I would part ways with Gross for one high first rounder let alone 2!!!!

Posted by: James | Feb 18, 2008 4:16:00 PM

hope we do sign him for long term. also musin muhammed got released so hope we get him

Posted by: VGcollector | Feb 18, 2008 4:24:34 PM

The Moose got released for a reason. But I'd take him at minimum wage as a locker room leader. I would have him sign a contract without cap ramifications though, if the team finds fit to release him early. In my opinion, a young guy with tenacity is what this team needs. Someone who can help inject some attitude into the offense like Moose used to. Not someone like Meshawn, who just sucked it all out (or Colbert, who parlayed around and braced himself for hits before the ball ever reached his hands).

Posted by: SYRPIS | Feb 18, 2008 5:15:53 PM

Tackle Jordan Gross couldn't get a new contract, so he gets a franchise tag instead.

Posted by: Star Player | Dec 31, 2012 6:16:44 AM

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