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February 21, 2013

Despite cap woes, new GM says Panthers can contend


Despite facing a daunting salary cap situation, first-year general manager Dave Gettleman believes the Panthers can contend this season.

“I don't see why not,” Gettleman said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine.

Having spent the past month evaluating the roster, Gettleman said the Panthers have talent. But the first order of business will be getting under the cap by the start of the league year March 12.

The Panthers are about $10 million over the projected $122 million cap.

“The first thing we have to do is make March 12 and get there. It's a puzzle,” Gettleman said. “There's obviously going to have to be some work done. It's no secret. The bottom line is everybody knows we're over the cap and we've got to get there.”

Gettleman would not say how he plans to get there, declining comment when asked whether veteran cornerback Chris Gamble would be a cap casualty. Cutting Gamble would create $7.9 million in cap space.

Gettleman, who turned 62 on Thursday, said he needs to think long-term “so we're not standing here talking about” cap problems the next few years.

Gettleman believes there is a strong nucleus, pointing to quarterback Cam Newton, tight end Greg Olsen, center Ryan Kalil, defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, linebacker Luke Kuechly and safety Charles Godfrey.

Gettleman said veteran left tackle Jordan Gross “is still a player,” but gave a bit of a mixed message when asked whether the Panthers could keep both of their highly paid running backs – DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

“Can we keep both of them? Again, decisions have to be made,” Gettleman said. “I don't see why not.”

Gettleman said the Panthers have reached out to a few of their unrestricted free agents, and mentioned defensive tackle Dwan Edwards as someone they would like to re-sign.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on February 21, 2013 at 02:09 PM | Permalink


What to do, what to do....Go Panthers!

Posted by: PantherHead | Feb 21, 2013 2:22:43 PM

Considerng that over 20+ teams are over the Cap, and have even more unrestricted FA's, the Panthers are not in that bad of shape.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Feb 21, 2013 2:46:55 PM

players need to lower their base pay, let corporations fill their pockets to more than make up for the difference.

surely bojangles can help a little. show me the chik'n !?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!

Posted by: big gulps | Feb 21, 2013 3:13:13 PM

"strong nucleus" and Charles (no tackle, getting blown by) Godfrey in the same sentence?? He needs to go with the whole secondary. HE SUCKS. I am sure every game this season he will make one play and miss the other crucial 10. we shall see

Posted by: Pat Daddy | Feb 21, 2013 3:42:25 PM

why not raise the cap across the board. Hell, Obama did!

Posted by: Mr. Konnish | Feb 21, 2013 3:47:41 PM

If he cuts Gamble, I'll love this guy.

trade one of the rb's too.....too much money tied up there. Easy choice to keep D Will i think and drop stewie

Posted by: big gulps | Feb 21, 2013 3:55:03 PM

JStew has more years left than DWill. Until last year, JStew missed very few games, while DWill had never played a full season as a starter. Keep JStew. The recent restructuring of JStew's contract is a puzzler. Did it make him easier to trade or easier to keep?

Posted by: Ben | Feb 21, 2013 4:11:02 PM

Why do you have to post Gettlemans age? It has nothing to do with the article.

Posted by: Joy | Feb 21, 2013 4:43:45 PM

Go Panthers! This is gonna be your year!

Posted by: Peter North | Feb 21, 2013 4:45:32 PM

Gamble is gone, that gets us under the gap right there. Dwill may be trade bait whether or not any of us like it because of the foolish contract Hurney doled out in his flailing effort to save his job.

Posted by: manu4t | Feb 21, 2013 5:42:22 PM

Two years ago we went through a cap purge, here we are again. Marty Hurney, the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: Steven | Feb 22, 2013 9:29:04 AM

I like Gamble but $7.9 Million is a lot of money. If we could get Beason, Johnson, and Gamble to restructure, we might be able to keep all of them, but then that might create cap problems in the future. I fear gamble is going to be cut, and likewise I don't see us getting much for Beason because of his injuries. He counts for $9.5 million against the cap. Williams counts for $8.2 against the cap. If we designated those guys as June 1 cuts, we could spread it out over the next 2 years - which means $8.85 Million in cap savings for this year, so we'd still have some work to do.

Posted by: Hank | Feb 22, 2013 5:04:53 PM

Go Panthers!

Posted by: Rocky | Feb 25, 2013 7:43:06 PM

Hey Pat Daddy,

The only thing Obama has raised is the awareness that NC is still an ignorant, racist state. Most KKK members in US! Must be proud to live in this state,eh? Love your team but the people in Charlotte are pathetic. Shame Shame

Posted by: Rocky | Feb 25, 2013 7:47:11 PM

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