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February 19, 2009

Panthers finalizing deal with Gross

   The Carolina Panthers are close to a record-setting agreement with Jordan Gross that would allow them to place their franchise tag on defensive end Julius Peppers.

   According to sources, the Panthers and Gross’s representatives are close to finalizing a frontloaded, six-year agreement with Gross that would pay him $30.5 million over the first three years of the deal – the biggest three-year payout ever to an offensive lineman.

   Provided that deal gets completed, the Panthers are expected to put their franchise tag on defensive end Julius Peppers later today.


  -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 19, 2009 at 10:05 AM | Permalink


What tha FFF?!

Posted by: Scott | Feb 19, 2009 10:11:10 AM

1mil for every false start he makes.

Posted by: teetyme | Feb 19, 2009 10:19:47 AM

Awesome, keep that line intact! Good to see an O-lineman get his recognition. Do any of you have any idea how much of their body they give up for their team? Without making these guys happy, there is no protection or hope!

Good signing to shore that up and now lets get on with the Peppers fiasco and see what we can get in return.

Posted by: TrueFan | Feb 19, 2009 10:20:43 AM

Now slap that franchise tag on Pep and get the auction underway.

Posted by: Michael | Feb 19, 2009 10:21:28 AM

Don't forget Peppers will be receiving a large sum from Jordan - since it is because of Pep that he is getting such an over-valued contract

Posted by: Tom K | Feb 19, 2009 10:21:30 AM


Posted by: rafi | Feb 19, 2009 10:23:35 AM

Good to see them resign him.
As for the money... he was gonna get a huge deal... if not here then somewhere else.

Posted by: UtesFan89 | Feb 19, 2009 10:24:36 AM

Am I the only one who remembers only 2 years ago Gross being moved around the line like musical chairs because he couldn't cut it at LT. I thought the plan was to move Otah eventually to LT and pay him huge money. But then again, maybe that's why this deal is front-loaded so we can cut Gross in 3 years. Smart thinking if that is the case.

Posted by: Adam | Feb 19, 2009 10:24:46 AM

yep, Peps agent is an idiot if he's not getting a commission off Gross deal.

I hope we can afford Beason and Williams and Steve Smith when their contracts expire

Posted by: jp | Feb 19, 2009 10:26:18 AM

He's not THAT good. This organization is panicking.

Posted by: Joe Mama | Feb 19, 2009 10:26:58 AM

I do not understand why you "fans" have to complain about every thing. This is a great signing and Hurney is doing exactly what he shoudl do, keep the talent that wants to be here. Gross is a Pro-Bowl player. That means 1 of the top 4 in his position in the league. I think that he has earned a pay day. Now tag Pep and send him to what ever AFC team we can get a 1st plus from.

Posted by: donotgetit | Feb 19, 2009 10:27:10 AM

What's his cap figure looking like? If he gets something like 35 for five years with 30 of it coming in the first three, that's a very smart deal by Hurney.

Posted by: Ben | Feb 19, 2009 10:27:58 AM

what the F? is right. The highest paid offense lineman ever?

If he has any decency as a human being, he'd better play unbelievable next year to meet the contract's standards. False starts, holds, and blown assignments are inexcusable for a guy making a ton of money for which he's not worth.

Posted by: hanks | Feb 19, 2009 10:29:41 AM

Adam, I think you hit the nail on the head. I would be willing to bet that's exactly what the plan is. Otah needs a couple of years to develop more, so why not pay Gross now?!

Posted by: Ronnie | Feb 19, 2009 10:30:09 AM

My only worry is that the entire team starts getting greedy, and they want to get thier slice of the pie too. Next thing you know. the team is in dissaray.

Posted by: Jed74 | Feb 19, 2009 10:30:13 AM

False start Offense # 69 Jordan Grossly Overpaid!!!!!

Posted by: J Thomas | Feb 19, 2009 10:31:56 AM

Hey, Tom K,

How about you speak in absolutes instead of generalizations. Over-Valued? Name me some guys that are outperforming Gross year-in and year-out and being compensated at a much lower rate?

Fact of the matter is, everyone wants to call Gross overrated but nobody can name a player who we could receive the same production from at a much better price. As soon as other fans can bring some real substance to their arguments then they will actually look intelligent.

Not to mention the way the NFL contracts work is basically a system of one-upmanship. Is Gross the absolute best OT in the NFL? No, but he is an elite OT, and he is the latest to hit the free agent market after a huge year, so he will be the newest, highest paid OL. That is until next year when another OL will have a monster year, hits free agency, and gets compensated accordingly. Look no further than Chris Gamble. The guy is an elite CB in this league, it's not his fault he doesn't get used in a "lock down" manner, but he was compensated accordingly. You can't be frugal and expect quality in return.

Posted by: MostFansAreIdiots | Feb 19, 2009 10:32:03 AM

Gross wasn't moved around because HE couldn't cut it. He was moved around because the OTHER players couldn't cut it.

This is a GREAT move. I hope the announcement of the Peppers franchise tag comes soon.

Posted by: Snoozer | Feb 19, 2009 10:32:10 AM

they need to get some good young, and by extension Cheap Defensive players in exchange for Peppers, thanks to Salary Cap. We have too many studs like Beason and Deangelo, with contracts coming up down the road.

Posted by: jp | Feb 19, 2009 10:36:12 AM

If the truth was really known, I'd bet Gross and Peppers had this all worked out since their little trip to the Pro Bowl, what a joke this has become. Please RAISE the TICKET PRICES for next year so we can watch if we're lucky a 6-10 season. Should of went for F/A.

Posted by: Scott | Feb 19, 2009 10:36:49 AM

Ohh by the way any one here that interview with dan morgan on the Radio saying how peppers will be great in a 3-4 system, wow coming from 'i think i should had a V8' morgan means alot, stick with pizza you jerk.

Posted by: Scott | Feb 19, 2009 10:39:29 AM

Recession? What recession?!?!

Posted by: Buc Fan | Feb 19, 2009 10:42:11 AM

We have some really ignorant fans. This is the only move to make here. Gross is an all pro lineman, a team guy, a leader in the locker room, and he wants to be here. He has earned this contract. It is front loaded so if his game falls off in a few years we can release him without a huge cap hit. Now we can get some value for the traitor Peppers instead of allowing him to walk while getting nothing in return. Well done Panthers.

Posted by: james reed | Feb 19, 2009 10:42:13 AM

trade pep for terell suggs an give him a longterm deal.

Posted by: yer | Feb 19, 2009 10:42:43 AM

Yes, Jordan deserves this! He's a leader within our offensive live. Nobody can tell me that this o-line isn't one of the best we've had in three years. Jordan is a huuuge part of this. Good for him! Sign the papers already so we can finalize this. Now let's get moving on franchising the elusive babyman Julius Peppers!

Posted by: panthergrrl | Feb 19, 2009 10:43:03 AM

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