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December 30, 2009

Davis, Marshall, King could lose unrestricted free agency status

   If there is no collective bargaining agreement before March, five Panthers players will be among the 212 league-wide who will lose their status as unrestricted free agents.

   Under the current CBA, the failure to reach a new agreement will result in 2010 being an uncapped year, plus the required number of seasons necessary for unrestricted free agency would increase from four to six.

   Thus, players with four and five years experience who normally would be unrestricted free agents instead would be restricted free agents.

  Four Carolina starters would be affected – outside linebackers Thomas Davis and James Anderson, tight end Jeff King and cornerback Richard Marshall. Recently-signed reserve tackle Rob Pettiti also would be affected.

Anderson moved into the starting lineup after season-ending injuries to Davis and Landon Johnson.

   As restricted free agents, the Panthers could make each player a one-year tender offer and have the right to match any offer they get from another team. The tender offers would be based on the amount of draft-pick compensation Carolina would want if they allowed the players to sign with another team.

   There generally is much less player movement around the NFL for restricted free agents compared to unrestrcted free agents.

 -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on December 30, 2009 at 05:02 PM | Permalink


if their is no salary cap the nfl will let teams protect 6 free agents to protect small market teams.

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 30, 2009 5:44:25 PM

I like that, why should you lose your players to teams that can affore to pay them more than you can because of no salary cap?

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 30, 2009 6:40:07 PM

I would like to have a couch that will call go plays when we are in the red zone.Know how to throw a flag ,need to kept mcmoore as star quarter back and kept Jake on the bench as a bagup.Hope that 2011 take us to a superbowl win

Posted by: Anthony Davis | Dec 30, 2009 9:37:48 PM

I hope that they play football in 2011.

Posted by: Jordan | Dec 30, 2009 10:24:00 PM

Anthony Davis - I sure hope you are a young person.. Because your spelling and grammar, is off the charts.. 'Couch' calling plays..?? I think you meant COACH..And what the heck is 'bagup',,?? Did you mean BACKUP...wow...

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Dec 30, 2009 11:00:59 PM

Hahahah that was brilliant Cats!

Posted by: Bort Svenson | Dec 31, 2009 1:28:18 AM

Way to follow my lead, yet again, Chuck. Where is my kickback?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 31, 2009 1:39:51 AM

Stewart nominated again! Vote now:

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 31, 2009 2:09:35 AM

About time something breaks our way. However, I would rather the salary cap stay in effect. It makes the NFL the greatest sport in the world. If the cap goes away we have another form of MLB and that would ruin the NFL. We have enough room to cut players that we should have about $30 million in cap space next year if we wanted it. Cut Jake, let Peppers go and you have $17 million right there. Then Landon Johnson (expensive back up), Moose will move on, Hoover too, Brayton, some DT's also. If we have the courage to do it and let Peppers walk we can have around $30 million to spend on our own guy's and FA's. I love Peppers, but he's almost 30 yrs old & too expensive. If he could play every snap the way he played the last two games I would say sign him, but he is too hit and miss. Same knock on him when he came out of UNC, he takes play's off & his heart isn't in it.

Posted by: Charlie | Jan 1, 2010 1:35:54 PM

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Posted by: Maroussia | Mar 4, 2010 12:31:40 AM

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