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Mac Attack 03/13/12; Steve Wyche from the NFL Network joined the guys to discuss the start of free agency and if the Panthers will be active for any of the top free agents on the market
Wyche believes that the Panthers have been quiet about free agency because of their current salary cap issues. He said the window of time to figure out how much room there is within the roster is narrowly closing-the team needed to be under salary cap by 4 pm March 13.
“It’s been quiet because of the cap situation…and because of last years’ when they spent all the money resigning their own guys. I don’t expect them to be active in terms of the top tier, first 72 portion of free agency…once they get cap compliant, I think they will steadily augment their roster with extra defensive backs, extra pass rushers, extra linemen…”
Wyche hopes there might be an end to Peyton Manning free agency as soon as Friday because of front running team Arizona Cardinals. He thinks the two likely destinations for the older Manning will be either Arizona or Denver.
‘[A decision from Peyton,] it has to end by Friday in terms of Arizona…he has to let them know one way or another by Friday…Arizona and Denver are the front runners…they will do whatever it takes to make Peyton Manning happy.”
Two teams likely to be quiet during this time are the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, teams under fire for padding the salaries of several key players in the 2011 season and then drastically cutting the salaries to fit under the cap.
“They were not told that [in what they did in 2011,] they violated the spirit of the cap rule…the years that there was no cap, Dallas, Washington and all those other teams, dumped all that money on players in one year…there is a potential to dispute it…but in this era where the NFL is clearly playing big brother…it’s just not a good idea….I can’t really see the owners biting off their nose in spite of their face in this situation…there definitely could be some legal [issues]…”