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August 01, 2013

If Gross plays in 2014, it will be with Panthers

SPARTANBURG

IQ1O7.St.138On the day he said good-bye to longtime friend and teammate Geoff Hangartner, Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross said he has not yet decided whether this season will be his last.

But if Gross plays anywhere in 2014, he said it would be with the Panthers.

Gross, 33, the second-longest tenured player on the Panthers' roster, agreed to a pay cut and a restructured contract in March that essentially works as a one-year deal. Gross' contract automatically voids on the fifth day of the league year in 2014.

“If I wanted to move somewhere else, this last offseason was my opportunity to do that – if I would have put up a big fuss and got myself out of this organization,” Gross said Thursday. “A year later is another year less appealing to go somewhere else. I'm not worried about the team having leverage on me if I say I'm only playing here. … I'm only going to play here.”

Gross, entering his 11th season – all with the Panthers, said he wasn't concerned about his status for next season.

“I really don't know,” he said. “It's nice because I don't have to worry about it. There's a lot of good outcomes that can happen.”

Gross started all 16 games in 2012 to run his club-record total to 151, five more than wide receiver Steve Smith. Critics have suggested Gross has lost a step, but Panthers coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman said during the offseason that Gross remains productive.

Gross, whose contract runs through 2017 for salary-cap purposes, received a $4.5 million signing bonus when he restructured to offset a cut in base salary from from $8.7 million to $1 million.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on August 1, 2013 at 02:41 PM | Permalink

Comments

I Love Gross. I got a chance to see him and Steve Smith at Mellow Mushroom in Spartanburg the other day. Two very stand up Utah Alumni and Carolina Lifers....

My Two favorite Panthers by far...

Posted by: Chuck | Aug 1, 2013 2:57:07 PM

Is it me or is there a lot of talent coming out of Utah (Gross, S.Smith, Star, Ocho Cinco etc.) to name a few

Posted by: Chuck | Aug 1, 2013 2:59:05 PM

It's you.

Posted by: Jim | Aug 1, 2013 3:02:38 PM

Thought so Jim, Thx

Posted by: Chuck | Aug 1, 2013 3:14:33 PM

I hope he is more motivated to win than this sounds.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 1, 2013 3:19:08 PM

Ocho Cinco didn't go to Utah....

Posted by: Kyle | Aug 1, 2013 3:35:59 PM

Ocho Cinco played @ Oregon State.

Posted by: Lamont | Aug 1, 2013 3:36:12 PM

Ocho and Smitty played Juco together at Santa Monica JC.

Posted by: Ben | Aug 1, 2013 3:39:43 PM

Jordan Gross is one of the most overrated, overpaid players in the history of the team. He may be a nice guy, but he's just never been a very good player.

Posted by: Josh | Aug 1, 2013 4:19:13 PM

If i was still there I would extend him and give him a huge contract.

Posted by: Marty Hernia | Aug 1, 2013 4:48:04 PM

alex smith, paul kruger, chris kemoeatu, eric weddle, sean smith, ma'ake kemoeatu, jamal anderson, kevin dyson, luther ellis, barry sims, mike anderson, andre dyson, scott mitchell, paul soliai, koa misi

all utes as well.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 1, 2013 5:02:21 PM

Dang! That is a huge cut in base pay. But he'll be ok. I think he has handled his money well. No crazy spending.

Posted by: Sugarbugga | Aug 1, 2013 7:52:51 PM

I agree Josh. He gets a pass because he's nice and he's been on the team a long time. He's an old, terrible, offensive lineman. He's getting worse with age, so there's no reason he should be on the team next year. He shouldn't even be on the team this year.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 2, 2013 7:10:21 AM

Utah has 31 past players currently in the NFL. Third most in the Pac12.

Posted by: Moab | Aug 4, 2013 11:15:21 PM

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