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March 10, 2014

Panthers re-sign Williams, Brockel

The Panthers have signed a couple of their own free agents, and might have a couple of more transactions by the close of business Monday.

Offensive lineman Garry Williams agreed to a one-year deal while fullback/tight end Richie Brockel received a two-year deal, the team announced.

Terms were not disclosed.

Williams, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, was the Week 1 starter at right guard before tearing his ACL against Seattle and missing the rest of the season. The sixth-year player can play guard and tackle, and will be in the mix at tackle in the wake of Jordan Gross' retirement.

Brockel is a jack-of-all-trades who was one of the team's three restricted free agents.

Starting right tackle Byron Bell, another RFA, is a candidate to replace Gross on the left side. Bell's re-signing could be announced later Monday.

Cornerback James Dockery, an RFA who missed most of last season with injuries, is less certain to return.

The Panthers are expected to retain both of their exclusive rights free agents -- offensive linemen Jeff Byers and Chris Scott, who started eight games at guard last season before getting hurt.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 10, 2014 at 01:42 PM | Permalink


WHOA!!! now I'm excited.

Posted by: Chris | Mar 10, 2014 3:28:56 PM

Me, too! Richie scored what has to rank as one of the most outlandish touchdowns in Panther history!

Posted by: pack73 | Mar 10, 2014 4:00:17 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 10, 2014 4:38:23 PM

Man, I hope Gman can negotiate that long term deal with Hardy soon or we are gonna miss out on any quality FAs this year. If all the estimates are correct that we are $7 mil under the cap currently, and it usually takes about $4 mil to sign your draft picks, we are in reaaaal trouble! The only complain I have is that we traded Beason for a 7th round pick and he is still counting $8 mil against the cap in 'dead money!!!'

Posted by: ZB | Mar 10, 2014 4:47:19 PM

complaint...sorry, typo

Posted by: ZB | Mar 10, 2014 4:48:03 PM

how are we in real trouble? we have almost all of our key players coming back and under contract not just this year but next.

yes, signing hardy long term frees up some money for this year, but it would be adding long term risk for a guy that has already shown he's not the brightest.

we are 7 million under without restructuring olsen or godfrey who both have high cap figures.

unfortunately gettleman is paying jon beason to play elsewhere and is getting ready to pay steve smith to play elsewhere too. great strategy.

holes we have for starters that need to be filled.....1 tackle, 1 guard (depending on how you view the guys we have in addition to silatolu....nate chandler was completely respectable in the games he played last year and rivera was talking about starting kugbila at one point last year before IR)

then you have a receiver spot open, and the secondary.

that's 7 million to fill 7 spots where we already have godfrey, white, thomas, norman, and lester under contract. lafell would cost nothing to bring back and WAS effective enough to help win 12 games and let's not forget they should have won 14 if it weren't for rivera.

munnerlyn and mikell and mitchell were all very cheap last year. they expect raises, but there are a lot of defensive backs with resumes on the market. we have draft picks.

we are in such an enviable position and you guys are acting like it's the end of the world. we can EASILY return all the starters and key players from a 12-4 team AND add a draft class.

you guys forget that projected cap space is based on the top salaries and that changes every time you sign a guy. the bottom end of those projections rolls off. you sign a munnerlyn or mitchell for a million or 2 and it doesn't run the cap that entire amount because it is subtracting to lowest salary off.

and again, godfrey isn't making 7 million this year so why even say that we only have 7 million available?

we clear like 5 million if we cut him, but would be far better off restructuring and keeping him assuming he is healthy.

if you guys sit back and let gettleman break up a 12-4 team and blame it on the "cap hell" and believe him.........that's on you guys. it's just not factual. if he needs help on the math, let me know. it's not complicated.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 10, 2014 6:15:30 PM

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