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March 01, 2013

Panthers cut Ron Edwards

The first domino has fallen for the cap-challenged Panthers.

In a move that has been long anticipated, the Panthers released veteran defensive tackle Ron Edwards on Friday, creating $2.5 million in cap space.

The release of Edwards, coupled with tight end Greg Olsen's contract restructuring, leaves the Panthers about $3.5 million over the reported $123 million cap.

Edwards signed a a three-year, $8.2 million contract with the Panthers in 2011. He missed the entire 2011 season after tearing his triceps during his first training camp practice.

He started 11 games last season before a dislocated elbow sent him to injured reserve again. Edwards finished with 16 tackles and a sack in two seasons in Charlotte.

“We appreciate the contributions that Ron has made to the Panthers the past two seasons,” coach Ron Rivera said in a release. “He set a great example on and off the field for our young players and we wish him well moving forward.”

The Panthers also are expected to cut veteran cornerback Chris Gamble, a move that would free up $7.9 million against the cap.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 1, 2013 at 02:03 PM | Permalink


good player, sucks he wasn't healthy 2011 and end of last year. gotta figure we're going DT 1st round. hope our guy is there.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2013 2:21:28 PM

Any chance we just restructure Chris Gamble instead of cutting him?

Posted by: OffTheRadar | Mar 1, 2013 2:33:14 PM

This move is Ridiculous. $2.5M is pocket change for the cap.

Posted by: par404 | Mar 1, 2013 2:44:54 PM

So this impossible task of getting under the cap by cutting a bunch of guys isn't proving to be so hard at all? WHat was all the fuss about? We could get to the cap just by restructuring Gross and D-Will. If we cut Gamble we could add 2-3 good players and with the cheap draft salaries be just fine for next year. Go Gettleman and Go Panthers!

Posted by: jrguyiii | Mar 1, 2013 2:49:25 PM

@ Jordan Gross, @ DWill - time to follow Olsen's lead, demonstrate your leadership & commitment to the team and restructure

Posted by: Marc | Mar 1, 2013 2:49:31 PM

cut the others edwards....even if it only saves us $5

Posted by: big gulps | Mar 1, 2013 3:03:19 PM

BG-Why would you cut one of the better DL from last year? Dude was a stud for us and held that line together.

Does anyone know if they can/will/thinking of restructuring #52? I know we can't release him because of pro-rated money.

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Mar 1, 2013 3:08:56 PM

Please, just cut cut Chris Gamble, Armanti Edwards, and restructure Jon Beason's contract.
Then, the first priority is to sign DT Chris Canty. That way, Defensive Back can be addressed with the first pick at the NFL Draft. Offensive Line and a Slot Receiver are still needed, as well.
If Captain Munerlyn leaves, then he leaves; just don't let Dwan Edwards escape. This Panthers team can always find a capable receiver at a bargain price during training camp, but it needs to shore up the Secondary and the D Line.

Posted by: Bill James takes it up the poop chute | Mar 1, 2013 3:16:14 PM

Dunta Robinson is available...wonder if we could sign him after cutting Gamble? Also I agree with Bill James on Armanti. Its time to make room for players who can produce on a consistent basis.

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | Mar 1, 2013 3:38:09 PM

Just cut cut DeAngelo Williams, Chris Gamble, Armanti Edwards, Jimmy Clausen and Jon Beason's. Then sign Chris Canty and some other free agents.

Posted by: Bounty Hunter | Mar 1, 2013 3:40:14 PM

Cut Armanti and The Pickle. Beason needs to restructure or go.

Posted by: Go Kats! | Mar 1, 2013 4:00:52 PM

Can't just let Beason go. He'd account for even more money against the cap.

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Mar 1, 2013 4:59:08 PM

I'm sure glad the Panthers aren't run by the wickdeeds on this blog. You boners get a degree in email management, and you think you can run an NFL team. Haha.

Posted by: SirPurpendicular | Mar 1, 2013 5:07:21 PM

The absolute stupidity of most of the people commenting here is amazing.

1.) Cutting Beason saves NOTHING, in fact we pay more because we would owe him the remainder of his prorated bonus
2.) "Restructuring" doesn't magically wipe money of the books for cap room. You are converting salary into bonus, which although theoretically saves caproom this season, it makes it exponentially harder on the cap later in the life of the contract. Think Gross is overpaid now? Restructure that contract and you will be paying him millions more next year and thereafter, and likely with too much bonus to cut him. We are ALREADY over next years cap, and that's without any restructured contracts.
3.) Ron Edwards was not very good at all. Sorry, he just wasnt. Good cut.
4.) I'm not against cutting Armanti but you might as well see what he does in training camp then cut him. He doesn't make squat.
5.) Canty will cost 3-4 million at least, the NFL claims rookies use about 5 million. So Carolina needs to be AT MINIMUM 8 million under just to accomplish those two things. That's before any other moves. Just cutting Chris Gamble won't magically solve everything

Not trying to be that typical ranting jerk, it's just most of you don't even know what you are talking about.

Posted by: Gb20 | Mar 1, 2013 5:09:02 PM

A. Edwards had the Panthers longest reception, longest punt return and longest kickoff return in 2012. Maybe the Panthers should put the ball in his hands more rather than cut him.

Posted by: just sayin' | Mar 1, 2013 5:11:31 PM

by the time Gettlemen is done with the cap he will be signing free agents!

Posted by: joe cool | Mar 1, 2013 5:25:11 PM

I read that Armanti would count 3/4 of a million towards the cap next year. Clearly, a decent rookie (Joe Adams for that matter) could match his output and provide that cap relief.

Posted by: Ryan | Mar 1, 2013 5:43:41 PM

I was not looking forward to this upcoming fa period but after these and a few more moves I think we can sign a few players who can really help!!

Posted by: james | Mar 1, 2013 5:47:13 PM

Is there any reason they couldn't designate Beason as a June 1 cut and spread his 12mil hit over 2 years? Not say we should do it but I'm just curious.

Posted by: Neal | Mar 1, 2013 5:48:40 PM

The Panthers should keep A. Edwards because he could become CAM's backup at QB and could be used as a Wide Receiver and/or Punt Returner, if need be.
We must Cut Captain M, trade Beason, and hopefully get something for him.
Panthers needs a DT for sure, cornerback, safety and one tall wide receiver. It is hoped that the Panthers can find a Big Offensive Guard to open some holes for D Williams.

Posted by: Shedrick Williams | Mar 1, 2013 6:43:42 PM

@Gb20 - spot on esp about AEdwards - he counts little towards the cap, the bigger impact he has is he takes up a roster spot, but there is nothing to gain by cutting him. Same thing for Claussen for those of you clamoring for him to be cut - he doesnt make much difference and we are probably letting DAnderson walk in FA, so we need someone behind Cam.

Restrucuring merely defers money to later years, but will count on later caps. Good thing is the caps go up each year, at least marginally, so the impact is less.

For those of you advocating cutting DWill, that might would help but he has a lot of guaranteed money which wont clear against the cap - so we might be funding another team's use of him by allowing him to take a lower paying contract since we are already paying him a set amount of money.This happened with Delhomme. His contract isnt very friendly to restructuring due to the guaranteed money either, so it is either cut him and spread the hit or keep him. Might as well keep him, and try not drafting a RB this year since we have so many....

Gamble will have the most impact on the cap, if he is cut (seems inevitable), Gross and TDavis restructure, possibly Kalil as well, we will be OK for the draft picks. Doubt we do a lot in FA unless we do some trading, which is possible since we dont know how Gettleman will operate.

Not blasting anyone on here, but what some of you are proposing is either impossible or counterproductive to clearing space and improving the team. Hurney left us with a big mess, there arent any quick or easy fixes.

Posted by: manu4t | Mar 1, 2013 7:19:05 PM

just cut gamble, not even close a sht down corner for the money he is making..

Posted by: tim | Mar 1, 2013 8:04:13 PM

I know it is highly unlikely, but if they want a humdinger of an offseason then the top priority should be getting Mike Wallace. You can then draft Traveon Austin with the 1st pick. With that, you have the most lethal offense in the league.
Rounds 2 through 7 would be DTs,CB,S and an OL along with trading away LaFell for a servicable defensive player.
I can't imagine a more lethal offense if you have the following line-up.
QB- Newton
FB- Tolbert
RB- Williams or Stewart
WR1- Steve Smith
WR2- Mike Wallace
Slot receiver-Taveon Austin (2nd coming of Percy Harvin)
TE- Greg Olson

How incredible of an offense would that be?

Even if they did this, yet somehow, Rivera would not be able to achieve the full potential of this offense and we will go 8-8.

Posted by: Tyler Kadison | Mar 1, 2013 8:05:01 PM

^^^ i want to blast you for how unnecessary it would be to have THAT much firepower on offense......but then you summed it up with the truest ish ever. rivera is the problem, not the players.

he would call a timeout on the opening kickoff because there was too much wind or because josh norman was out there instead of captain munnerlyn and he likes that matchup better. then he'd run the option on 3rd and inches a bunch of times instead of just spreading it out and letting newton sneak it like the pats do every time (because it's essentially a gimme every time).

we don't need ANY free agents. we could really use munnerlyn and edwards coming back and then we draft a DT 1 and a FS 2 and we're set. you could cut all the rest of the picks and we'd be fine. as long as we get an upgrade at those 2 positions we hit the checklist for the offseason.

and agree about the smarter comments regarding edwards. his versatility is incredibly valuable. He SHOULD be #2 on the depth chart at QB, #4 at receiver, #1 at PR and #1 at KR. it's not like he has a ton of drops. the guy has caught basically everything thrown his way, he just hasn't gotten a lot of snaps. murphy won't be back so it's up for grabs between gettis, edwards and pilares to take that 3rd and 4th receiver spots.

hard to imagine all those guys make the roster and adams too. also hard to justify cutting any of them. adams seems to be the odd man out, but he's also equally a wild card. trade bait?

we don't need WRs

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2013 8:30:22 PM

Anyone notice how Sir Purpendicular can criticize but he has no suggestions? Hey dickhead, try going to Charlotte Moms...you're on the wrong thread.
Many Panther fans do pay attention and have workable solutions to the team's woes.

Just make sure Armanti "The Mascot" gets cut, as any amount he counts against the cap can be applied to someone else of value. Fans should not be too possessive of the players on this roster as the Panthers have had a losing record for just how many consecutive years?

This team's number 1 target needs to be Defensive Tackle Chris Canty. Yes, backup QB can be addressed at a later date, and the cost of a FA Wide Receiver will only go down as the summer rolls along.

The Panthers problem is at Defensive Tackle and Defensive Back. Pay for Canty and draft a Corner Back, along with a Safety. Fix the holes on Defense!

Posted by: Bill James takes it up the poop chute | Mar 1, 2013 9:04:14 PM

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